Grants & Awards

Christopher Niezrecki, Professor, Director - Wind Energy Research Group; Co-director - Structural Dynamics & Acoustic Systems Laboratory

UMass Lowell’s Wind Energy Research Group (WERG) is one of the country’s leading organizations dedicated to helping make wind-turbine systems more reliable and less expensive to operate. Formed in late 2009, WERG consists of 13 interdisciplinary faculty members whose research focuses on turbine-blade manufacturing, design and modeling, reliability, structural health monitoring and non-destructive inspection, energy storage and workforce and economic development. 

Recently, the group was awarded $200,000 by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to help strengthen and grow its research capacity. The grant includes funding for a graduate-student program in conjunction with MassCEC’s Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, as well as support for the continued development of WindSTAR, an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).