International Expert to Speak on Wind Energy

World-renowned wind energy expert and researcher Erik Peterson will speak at 5:30 p.m. April 3 (Thursday) at the International Cultural Center Auditorium, located at 601 Indiana Avenue. Texas Tech University’s Wind Science and Engineering Research Center will host the event.

Written by Sarah Whetstone

Peterson heads the wind energy department at Risoe National Laboratory of Sustainable Energy in Denmark. The laboratory focuses on the nature of the atmosphere and how it affects life on Earth.

His research spans the fields of fluid dynamics, power and control engineering and wind turbine loading and safety. His studies on wind turbines in particular generate interest among researchers in West Texas due to the growth in production of wind energy in the region.

After obtaining a Ph.D. in boundary layer meteorology from Technical University of Denmark in 1973, Peterson conducted research in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State University until 1974. He continued his career in education as a professor at Oregon State University and several European universities.

CONTACT: Carol Ann Stanley, unit manager, Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, (806)742-3479,