Emerging Area Curriculum

Wind Power Management

Program Rationale

The wind power is an alternative source of energy generated from the wind. The wind power industry is to grow over the next decades. It is envisioned that as much as 20% of the national energy needs would be met by the wind generated power.

Program Goals

The Wind Power Management Area aims at educating professionals able to design, effectively operate, and mange wind power farms deployed in massive numbers all over the country. The graduates will be able to fully understand the system and management of wind power facilities and their interactions with other alternative and conventional power generation systems. The courses offered in Wind Power Management area are coordinated by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 3131 Seamans Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1527 (Tel: 319-335-5934; Fax: 319-335-5669)

Program Prerequisites

The diverse job opportunities in wind power industry call for graduates with different skill sets. To respond to these job market needs, students with diverse backgrounds and experience will be considered by the Program. It is expected that each candidate for the Graduate Studies in Wind Power Management Area will have a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, basic sciences, business, or a related area. Each candidate is expected to poses basic knowledge of calculus, analysis, and statistics.

Course Requirements: M.S. Program

The basic requirements for MS Thesis and MS Non-Thesis degree programs in Wind Power Management Area are the same as for the standard M.S. Programs in Industrial Engineering. However, the students pursuing M.S. degree in Wind Power Management Area are required to take additional classes:

  • MS Thesis Program: 3 classes (9 sh) from Table 1
  • MS Non-Thesis Program: 4 classes (12 sh) from Table 1, and 1 class (3 sh) from Table 2.

Course Requirements: Doctoral Program

Doctoral students enrolled in the Wind Power Management Area are expected to meet all IE Graduate Program requirements. In addition, each Ph.D. student is required to gain sufficient breadth and depth of domain knowledge in her/his specific area of study by taking energy related classes.

 

Table 1. Recommended Courses in the Wind Power Management Area.

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Hours

IE:4550

Wind Power Management

3

IE:3610

Stochastic Modeling

3

IE:3700

Operations Research

3

IE:3350

Process Engineering

3

IE:3600

Quality Control

3

IE:3750

Digital Systems Simulation

3

ME:4164

Fundamentals of Wind Turbines

3

CEE:4107

Sustainable Systems

3

CEE:4317

Remote Sensing

3

CEE:6151

Environmental Systems Modeling

3

ME:5143

Computational Fluid and Thermal Engineering

3

ME:6255

Multiscale Modeling

3

ME:7268

Turbulent Flows

3

ECE:3500

Communication Systems

3

ECE:5640

Computer-Based Control Systems

3

ECE:5810

Formal Methods in Software Engineering

3

ECE:5600

Control Theory

3

Table 2. Elective Courses in the Wind Power Management Area.

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Hours

CS:4400

Database Systems

3

MSCI:6190

Information Knowledge Management

3

MSCI:3060

Managerial Decision Models

3

MSCI:9200

Visual Basic Programming

3

MSCI:9260

Web and Multimedia

3

OEH:5410

Occupational Safety

3

GEOG:3750

Environmental Quality: Sci. Tech. & Pol.

3

GEOG:4930

Urban Geography

3

GEOS:3140

Energy and the Environment

3

IE:3760

Applied Linear Regression

3