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Mario Rotea, PhD
University of Texas at Dallas
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2720

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WindSTAR is an NSF-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wind Energy, Science, Technology and Research. A collaboration between the University of Texas at Dallas and UMass Lowell, the Center aims to solve the pressing needs of the wind industry. The Center has partnered with Iowa State University, Southern Maine Community College, the Maine Wind Industry Alliance, and Kid Wind to help support the research activities.

The mission of WindSTAR is to bring together university and industry researchers to conduct basic and applied research on topics that relate to the advancement of wind turbines and the wind industry, combine state-of-the-art capabilities and knowledge to advance projects relevant and of mutual interest to industry partners, train students in the advanced technologies that are important to industry members, and foster a community for networking, interactions, and collaborations.

The university collaborators in WindSTAR bring significant experience, expertise and resources in the following areas:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Aerodynamics & Aeroacoustics
  • Blade Design & Manufacturing
  • Computational Modeling
  • Grid Integration & Power Electronics
  • Energy Storage
  • Non-Destructive Inspection
  • Offshore Wind
  • Platform Design
  • Structural Dynamics & Control
  • Structural Health Monitoring/Dynamics
  • Tower Design
  • Turbine Controls
  • Wind Farm Controls & Optimization
  • Wind Resource Assessment
  • Workforce Development

Become a Member
As an industry partner, you'll receive many member benefits, such as:

    Financial Benefits:

  • NSF Suppport and University Cost Share provide member fees to directly support research
    • Very low 10% overhead on pooled research
  • Pooling money improves return on investment in new technologies
    • Currently 16:1 leveraging of each membership fee
  • Access to special federal funding - Enables IAB members to team on projects supported by NSF, DOE and others
  • Member Benefits:

  • Invited to attend semi-annual center meetings
    • Guide project execution
    • Provide input and guidance to faculty and students
    • Cast 8 votes as an Industrial Member or 3 votes as a SB Member
  • Work with faculty to identify topics of interest and propose new research projects
  • Receive copies of semi-annual project reports
  • Receive non-exclusive rights to IP generated across the Center
    • Can also provide additional funding for special projects with exclusive rights to IP
  • Receive copies of manuscripts generated by the faculty and students prior to publication
  • Receive an annual resume book featuring participating students trained in the industry
  • Networking and collaborative activities
  • Access to leading researchers and facilities
  • Improved industry visibility and reputation for I/UCRC members