Texas Tech Announces New Wind Energy Graduate-Level Credential Program

Texas Tech’s National Wind Institute has teamed with DNV GL.

Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute is collaborating with industry leader and global certification and technical advisory company, DNV GL, to provide an online and in-class credential program.

The program starts Aug. 25 and is available to those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, completed a certificate program application form and been accepted to the Texas Tech Graduate School; undergraduate students are allowed to apply with restrictions.

“DNV GL is proud to partner with Texas Tech University on this important program,” said Kevin Smith, Director of Asset Management and Operating Services for DNV GL. “Developing the next generation of wind energy experts is key to harnessing the sustainable power it provides.”

The program includes case studies provided by DNV GL which focus on up-to-date issues in the wind power field and will be of interest to wind energy professionals or those interested in the renewable electric power industry. Students receive a graduate credential in wind energy after completing the two specific wind energy classes.

The program offers a technical track designed for professionals working in the technical aspects of the industry such as engineering, manufacturing or design, and a

managerial track designed for professionals working in wind farm development, economics or in managerial or supervisory positions.

DNV GL is the world’s largest provider of independent renewable energy advice. The recognized authority in onshore wind energy, it also is at the forefront of the offshore wind, wave, tidal and solar sectors.

“I am delighted that our strong research position in wind energy at Texas Tech has led to this graduate credential program,” said Robert V. Duncan, Texas Tech’s Vice President for Research. “This is an important new educational opportunity as wind energy expands to provide 5% of our national electric energy supply."

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CONTACT: Andy Swift, associate director, National Wind Institute, Texas Tech University,andy.swift@ttu.edu.