Renewable Energy: The Wind Alliance Has Developed a Comprehensive Workforce Plan to Shape the U.S. Wind Industry

- PR Web - A few universities have well-defined wind energy programs, but most programs are in their infancy and are scattered throughout the U.S. Only one institution, Texas Tech University, graduates PhDs in wind science and engineering. According to Dr. Andrew Swift, former Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech and member of The Wind Alliance, it took approximately five years and $25 million to develop that program.

University wind programs do not exist in the U.S. at a level necessary to support predicted workforce demands. In order to have a viable workforce, there must be professors in place to train and supervise the wind instruction of MS, BS and two-year programs. Additionally, in today’s marketplace, advanced wind positions are globally competitive. According to Dr. Carsten Westergaard, Global Technology Director for Vestas Technology R&D and member of The Wind Alliance, multi-national companies located in the U.S. hire wind PhDs from overseas to fill current workforce needs. The critical deficit of wind PhDs in the U.S. must be addressed.

A few universities have well-defined wind energy programs, but most programs are in their infancy and are scattered throughout the U.S. Only one institution, Texas Tech University, graduates PhDs in wind science and engineering. According to Dr. Andrew Swift, former Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech and member of The Wind Alliance, it took approximately five years and $25 million to develop that program.

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