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About the Offshore Wind Training Institute 

The State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched New York’s Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) to train 2,500 workers as part of the largest public investment in offshore wind workforce development by any state in the U.S.

At Stony Brook University, the Fundamentals of Offshore Wind program was developed as a combined effort by the School of Professional Development, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Business, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and the Advanced Energy Center.

This interdisciplinary, 45-hour professional certificate program is designed to provide an introduction to offshore wind in a modular format.  Participants will spend 3-4 hours online each weekday from August 2-20 in subject-matter expert-led lectures, engaging with industry representatives, and developing connections among fellow professionals.

Content for this program has been developed and designed by Stony Brook faculty. In addition, several modules will have developer-led sections to report on in-progress work from the field, case studies, and policy.

Lecture topics include, but are not limited to:

  • U.S. and NYS energy and climate policy 
  • Wind turbine Aerodynamics
  • Power Electronics Converter Applications in Renewable Energy Systems
  • Offshore Wind Power System Operation Issues
  • Future Climate Change on Storms and Wind Resource
  • Impacts on Marine Life
  • Opposition to Offshore Wind and Coexistence
  • Financing and Monetizing Offshore Wind
  • Supply Chain Procurement and Distribution Strategy
  • Transmission and Grid Integration
  • Preparing the Grid for Offshore Wind

The individual modules are outlined on the website ; a full agenda will be posted soon.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a literacy-based microcredential that can be displayed via a digital badge.

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Project Leadership

  • Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University
  • Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Paul Shepson, Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Manuel London, Dean of the College of Business
  • Patricia Malone, Associate Vice President for Professional Education, Assistant Provost for Engaged Learning, School of Professional Development
  • Robert Kukta, Senior Associate Dean for Education and Innovation, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences 
  • Derek O'Connor, Director of Strategic Initiatives, School of Professional Development

Program Instructors

The program is taught by SBU faculty from several academic departments as well as industry experts. 

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