Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) is a research center of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. It was created as a means to form research partnerships between four institutions: Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and University of Colorado Boulder.
CREW at Mines focuses on educating undergraduate and graduate Mines students about the challenges and opportunities related to wind energy and encouraging them to pursue careers in this field. Our goal is to support the ongoing commitment Mines has to promoting clean energy resources and protecting the environment. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of wind energy, we work with students from all disciplines across campus.
How to Work with CREW
CREW at Mines offers undergraduate research fellowships to under-represented students who are passionate about the environment and interested in learning more about wind energy. These opportunities are typically announced in March of each year, with the research to be conducted during the summer months.
Current center director is Professor Salman Mohagheghi, who is an Associate Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department. Prior to joining Mines, Dr. Mohagheghi worked as a Senior R&D Engineer at ABB Inc., doing research related to power and energy systems. In 2011, he returned to academia to pursue his passion for developing solutions for sustainable, resilient and human-centric energy networks. Being originally from Tehran, Iran –which is also a mile-high city– he feels right at home here in Colorado! He is an avid photographer and enjoys spending his weekends hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains with his golden retriever puppy.
2019 Recipients of the Research Fellowship
Hi! I’m McKenzie Davis and I’m a senior in mechanical engineering. I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona but I’ve grown to absolutely love Colorado. When I’m not busy with school I enjoy taking pictures, traveling, and scuba diving.
For my research, I concentrated on the environmental effects of offshore wind turbines on marine populations. I fully believe that as engineers it is imperative we thoroughly investigate any potential consequences from our technologies. This summer I was able to review a wide breadth of research regarding possible environmental concerns, many of which I hadn’t previously considered. I was also able to explore the use of engineered technology as a potential mitigation tool. It was interesting to examine the possible adverse effects of a highly valuable technology, and going forward I am excited to see how wind energy progresses.
My name is Rachel McManus and I will be graduating Mines in the spring of 2020 with a bachelors in mechanical engineering and an area of emphasis in aerospace engineering.
The research I conducted was based on creating a less volatile method of producing clean energy by combining multiple subsystems – wind and wave energy. The system includes off-shore wind turbines with a wave energy converter (WEC) as the base of the turbine. Not only does this save space, it provides a constant source of electricity (when it is less windy, the WEC is still producing energy). This project provided an opportunity to think about and analyze a system which has not been previously investigated much in the field of renewable energy. Researching this taught me how to set up and pursue a new research topic, as well as what goes into analyzing locations to find the optimal spot for an off-shore wind turbine.