Wind Energy Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

In addition, a background in incompressible fluid mechanics, statics, and dynamics is strongly encouraged.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

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.

Required Courses
AERSP 583Wind Turbine Aerodynamics3
AERSP 880Wind Turbine Systems3
AERSP 886Engineering of Wind Project Development3
Total Credits9


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate wind energy systems using techno-economic, performance and/or cost/benefit analyses.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of the principles of wind energy science, including resource availability and conversion technologies.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for the commercialization process relative to project and product development.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to make sound decisions in complex situations.
  5. Evaluate project development, product design and/or sustainability decisions in the broader context of society's interests.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Susan W Stewart
Program Contact

Maria Beaty
John A Dutton e-Education Institute
2217 Earth Engineering Sciences Bldg.
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-6431

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Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Susan W Stewart
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Susan W Stewart
Program Contact

Susan W Stewart
Department of Aerospace Engineering
229 Hammond Bldg
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-0138

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