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February 23, 2021

Kansas State University selected to participate in Collegiate Wind Competition for the eighth time

Submitted by Mary Rankin

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Kansas State University Wildcat Wind Power team as one of 11 groups selected to participate in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition. Considered the country's most prominent undergraduate-level wind energy competition, it challenges teams of college students to develop a wind energy project, and design, build and test a model wind turbine.

Since 2014 the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition has provided college students the opportunity to interact with wind industry experts and build the skills and connections that will help them find jobs in the industry. The Kansas State University team has been selected to compete in seven of the past eight years.

Warren White, associate professor in the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and Hongyu Wu, assistant professor in the Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are the Wildcat Wind Power team advisers. They are currently working with students from their respective departments as well as industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and the College of Business Administration in preparation for the virtual 2021 DOE wind competition scheduled for June 7-10.

The following colleges and universities were selected for the 2022 event May 16–19, 2022, at the CLEANPOWER Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas:

  • Brigham Young University
  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Washington State University Everett

Participants integrate academic coursework with hands-on learning, gain valuable wind energy experience and connect with today's industry leaders while preparing to enter the wind energy workforce.