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 (56:155)

Wind Power Management

3

IE:3610 (56:166)

Stochastic Modeling

3

IE:3700 (56:171)

Operations Research

3

IE:3350 (56:134)

Process Engineering

3

IE:3600 (56:162)

Quality Control

3

IE:3750 (56:178)

Digital Systems Simulation

3

ME:4164 (58:164)

Fundamentals of Wind Turbines

3

CEE:4107 (53:107)

Sustainable Systems

3

CEE:4317 (53:117)

Remote Sensing

3

CEE:6151 (53:251)

Environmental Systems Modeling

3

ME:5143 (58:143)

Computational Fluid and Thermal Engineering

3

ME:6255 (58:255)

Multiscale Modeling

3

ME:7268 (58:268)

Turbulent Flows

3

ECE:3500 (55:050)

Communication Systems

3

ECE:5640 (55:164)

Computer-Based Control Systems

3

ECE:5810 (55:181)

Formal Methods in Software Engineering

3

ECE:5600 (55:160)

Control Theory

3

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

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Hours

CS:4400
(22C:144)

Database Systems

3

MSCI:6190 (6K:234)

Information Knowledge Management

3

MSCI:3060 (6K:176)

Managerial Decision Models

3

MSCI:9200 (6K:226)

Visual Basic Programming

3

MSCI:9260 (6K:228)

Web and Multimedia

3

175:195

Occupational Safety

3

GEOG:3750 (44:127)

Environmental Quality: Sci. Tech. & Pol.

3

GEOG:4930 (44:135)

Urban Geography

3

GEOS:3140 (12:114)

Energy and the Environment

3

IE:3760
 (56:176)

Applied Linear Regression

3