Wind Integration Simulations Partnership for International Research and Education

WINDINSPIRE is an international partnership led by Johns Hopkins University with 20 researchers in five countries and their students that have banded together to find solutions for making wind energy more efficient and reliable. This project has been funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnership for International Research and Education (NSF PIRE) program since 2012 and addresses pressing research questions that arise when adding inherently intermittent wind sources to power systems.
With billions of dollars to be invested in renewable power around the world, improved understanding and better tools for effective use of sustainable but intermittent power sources are crucial. This research project is tightly integrated with a training program that includes carefully designed international experiences. Read the press release

Visit the WINDINSPIRE website for more information.

Simulated wind-farm turbulence: volume rendering of     
low-velocity wake regions. Visualization courtesy of        
David Bock (NCSA, XSEDE, Extended Collaborative      
Support Services).                                                                    

Summer 2017 International Research Opportunity for Undergraduates: Renewable Energy in Europe

Application deadline: January 30, 2017

Following successful experiences during the past summers, the WINDINSPIRE team has several openings for undergraduate research experiences in Europe available in the summer of 2017. Undergraduate students in engineering and science who have an interest in research and issues surrounding the use of wind energy to produce electricity, and who have taken courses in fluid mechanics, economics, control, or optimization are encouraged to apply.  The research opportunity includes a stipend valued at $6,500 to be used for airfare, living expenses and conference registration as needed.

Research sites may include: the Danish Technical University (near Copenhagen), the Pontifical Catholic University (Madrid), the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL, near Geneva), Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium near Brussels or University of Oslo (Norway).  Work will be conducted primarily or entirely in English, and will be with top international researchers in wind energy-related fluid mechanics, electric power systems, and energy economics. Courses in wind energy are available at some sites as well.


Applications will be considered from eligible undergraduate students from any of the partner universities (JHU, Texas Tech, Smith College, and the University of Texas at Dallas), and if specifically invited, from other US universities.

Consistent with the NSF solicitation that states that a significant portion of funding should fund U.S. citizen or green-card holder students, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Please include with your application the following materials:

  1. a cover letter with an explanation of your interest and any experience in wind or other renewable energy systems;
  2. your resume;
  3. unofficial copies of your transcript; and
  4. the names, titles, and contact information for two references.

Send the material to Ms. Shahin Zand, Administrator of WINDINSPIRE, at For technical questions, contact Prof. Charles Meneveau at or Prof. Ben Hobbs at

Wind turbines in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo credit: CGP Grey

When we were young, we had trouble seeing the cattle in the grassland. Now we can see the mice.
— Chinese farmers as quoted in The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb