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Senior Capstone Projects

The Center for Wind Energy engages undergraduates in wind-related capstone projects to increase wind energy education. Students in the ISAT program have been doing these types of projects since 1999.

In 2017, two capstone teams advised by Dr. Miles and the Center for Wind Energy, presented their research at the 2017 JMU Senior Capstone Project Symposium. Abstract Link.

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2017 Senior Capstone Symposium-Establishing Distributed Wind Capacity in Virginia, Patrick Landess, Emma Laurens, Julie Gentry and Nicholas Cooper.


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2017 Senior Capstone Symposium- Nondestructive Testing of Wind Turbine Blades using Thermal Imaging, Bahar Sayed, Aidan Williams, Michael Galford, Alec Barney.


In 2016, four ISAT students worked as CWE interns and presented their capstone projects as posters at the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference in New Orleans. Click on the links below to view the abstracts.

Pilot Project to Advancing Distributed Wind in Virginia

Offshore Wind Resource Characterization using Cross-Calibrated, Multi-
Platform Ocean Surface Wind Data off the East Coast of the United States

To inquire about potential renewable energy-related capstone projects, contact Dr. Miles.

image of a triton sodar unit being deployed Collegiate Wind Competition

Links to other Capstone Abstracts

Ridgeline Wind Farm Development Opportunity and Obstacle Analysis

Performance Analysis of Small-Scale Vertical and Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines
at a School in Southwestern Virginia

Wind for Schools Implemented at Grassfield and Luray High Schools, Virginia

Remote Data Acquisition, Networking, and Databasing for a Wind-Solar
Monitoring Center

Links to more student projects