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Wind Energy

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

George Lesieutre, Professor and Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering
225 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802

This program is designed to provide technical depth in wind-turbine technology and the science of siting turbines. The certificate program is offered in residence by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and also is available for online delivery via Penn State’s World Campus as a subset of the online intercollege Master of Professional Studies program in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (iMPS-RESS). To be awarded the Certificate in Wind Energy, students must successfully complete 9 graduate credits with a grade of "C" or better in three required courses. Students who subsequently are admitted to the iMPS-RESS degree program may count credits earned in the certificate program toward the RESS degree; however, successful completion of this certificate program neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must have received either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. In addition, a background in incompressible fluid mechanics, statics, and dynamics is expected. Professional experience may be taken into consideration for admission.

The student must be admitted to the graduate certificate program in Wind Energy offered by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and to the Graduate School. GRE scores are not required for non-degree graduate students. International students must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

AERSP 880. Wind Turbine Systems (3)
AERSP 583. Wind Turbine Aerodynamics (3)
AERSP 886. Engineering of Wind Project Development (3)

Applicants who do not have the necessary background for the above courses will need to take the appropriate prerequisite courses.

Effective Semester: Spring 2014
Expiration Semester: Fall 2018

Last Revised Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-07

Review Date: 06/10/2014


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