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).
Effective Semester: Spring 2014
Expiration Semester: Fall 2018
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 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
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.
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.
Students who subsequently are admitted to the iMPS-RESS degree program may count credits earned in the certificate program toward the RESS degree, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the RESS graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.
|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.
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.