UI Engineering Dean Elected to American Wind Energy Association Board

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

UI College of Engineering Dean P. Barry Butler has been elected to serve on the board of directors -- as the only current academic member -- of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for some 2,000 companies engaged in the U.S. wind industry.

Butler's selection is expected to further cement ties between industry and the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND), a collaborative project initiated in 2008 and led by the University of Iowa College of Engineering. In April, IAWIND received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

IAWIND helps the state of Iowa attract wind energy companies and related industries in an effort to enhance Iowa's already high position as a U.S. leader in wind-generated energy. Last year, Iowa captured the No. 2 national position in wind energy generation capacity.

In addition to serving on the board, Butler is participating in the May 4-7 AWEA conference and exhibition in Chicago, expected to draw more than 20,000 people involved in all aspects of wind energy.