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Kansas State University Student Receives IEEE Prize and Internship for Wind Applications Center Research: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Viet Nguyen received a certificate, a $500 prize, and an internship opportunity in the energy sector for his poster.

Kansas State University Student Receives IEEE Prize and Internship for Wind Applications Center Research: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Date: 5/17/2010

Location: KS

Mechanical engineering graduate student Viet Nguyen from Wind Powering America's Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University placed third in the graduate student poster session at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society's Transmission & Distribution 2010 Conference in New Orleans in April. Nguyen received a certificate, a $500 prize, and an internship opportunity in the energy sector for his poster titled "CFD Simulations of Local Atmospheric Turbulence for Small-Scale Wind Turbines." Nguyen and KSU professors Ruth Douglas Miller, Bala Natarajan, and Charlie Zheng use the software package Fluent to model wind turbulence caused by trees and buildings. The researchers' next step will be to compare Nguyen's results to anemometer data from Kansas Wind for Schools project turbines to determine the effects of the turbulence on the turbines' lifetime and production.

This information was last updated on May 17, 2010