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Two Mechanical Engineering Faculty members receive computing support from the LLNL Institutional Computing Grand Challenge program to study Large-Scale Wind Farms

A Mechanical Engineering faculty proposal for high performance computing (HPC) allocation at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was selected for support during the 8th Institutional Unclassified Computing Grand Challenge.  Dr. Jay Sitaraman and Dr. Dimitri Mavriplis will use the “Vulcan” supercomputer to study Large Scale Simulations of Wind Farm Aerodynamics in Turbulent Atmospheric InflowConditions.
LLNL’s Vulcan supercomputer has 393,000 processors and is the 6th fastest HPC facility in the world.  The goal of the UW project is to simulate and analyze flow fields in large wind farms. Both faculty members have worked extensively in developing Helios, which is one of the only computational tools capable of performing simulations at such large scales.  Helios was co-developed by the U.S. Army and the University of Wyoming for performing rotorcraft simulations.  It is expected that results from the large-scale computational flow simulation will become a benchmark and provide guidance for optimizing turbine placement in future wind farms.

Energy Systems Engineering becomes the first ABET Accredited Program of its type in the United States

September 5, 2012 — The University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science recently achieved accreditation for its innovative Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) Bachelor of Science degree program. The ESE program has a novel curriculum introduced by the University to support the region’s energy-dominant economies, and is the first program of its kind in the United States to earn ABET accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission. [More]


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Latest Five Supercomputer Projects Have Direct Application to Wyoming Issues

February 16, 2015 — Five projects that have applications to Wyoming issues -- including water storage, snowpack accumulation and wind turbine efficiency -- were recently chosen to receive computational time and storage space on the supercomputer in Cheyenne.

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UW Receives $4.25 Million DOE Grant to Explore Wind Energy

September 26, 2014 — The University of Wyoming has received a $4.25 million Department of Energy-EPSCoR grant to research wind farm modeling, transmission grid monitoring and the economics derived from wind-generated power.

CEAS Outstanding Staff

August 18, 2014 — Debbie was born in North Dakota and received her primary education in Rockville, Maryland and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her secondary education began at University Prep in Laramie and concluded in Rockford, Illinois. She holds a B.S. in Broadcasting/Communication from the University of Wyoming in 1981.

Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award - David Walrath

July 2, 2013 — Professor David Walrath has been a UW Mechanical Engineering Faculty member for almost 29 years. Prior to that, he was a staff research engineer in the college for seven years. His specific areas of expertise include composite materials manufacturing research and development, prototype design, process development, and materials characterization.

Women in Engineering: Emily Beagle

June 17, 2013 — Originally from Sheridan, WY, Emily Beagle has finished her first year as a Mechanical Engineering graduate student. In 2012, she finished her B.S. with dual majors in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering (ESE).

Two UW Professors Share in Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research

June 13, 2013 — Two University of Wyoming faculty members are part of the HELIOS software development team that won the 2013 Schroers Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Helicopter Society (AHS).

Laramie Company With UW Origins Sells Its Business to Autodesk

April 5, 2013 — Firehole Composites, a Laramie-based company whose origins sprung from the University of Wyoming’s Department of Mechanical Engineering 25 years ago, was recently purchased by Autodesk Inc., which focuses on 3-D design, engineering and entertainment software.

UW Study Determines Wyoming Wind Could Benefit Colorado Economically

April 3, 2013 — Wyoming wind power could benefit the Colorado electric grid both economically and environmentally, according to a study headed by a University of Wyoming professor.

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