Energy Center

Wind Energy

Research and Education Program in Wind Energy System

Wind Energy

The Energy Center is exploring the development of innovative new wind-turbine technology that offers significant advantages over conventional designs. As with most new technologies, both operational and policy constraints limit wide-spread utilization of this energy source. These challenges are opportunities for members of the Energy Center research team to investigate how best to aid in wind power research and education.

Wind Energy at Purdue Brochure

Computational fluid dynamics and virtual reality visualization, human factors, human-computer interaction, occupant performance
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   Power generation systems, reliability


Dionysios Aliprantis

Dionysios Aliprantis

Motor & generator design, power electronics, plug-in electric vehicles

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Constantin Apostoaia

Modeling, simulation and control of wind turbine power generation systems


Kartik Ariyur

Kartik Ariyur

Diagnostics and control for wind turbines

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Jun Chen

Fluid mechanics



Melba Crawford


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Patricia Davies

Sound perception, effects of noise on building occupants, occupant comfort and annoyance, sound perception, sleep disturbance


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Economics and policy of wind energy


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Structural monitoring, vibration control, real-time hybrid testing


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Sanford Fleeter

Wind turbine aerodynamics, performance and aeroacoustics


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Ananth Grama

Parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications


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Monika Ivantysynova

Fluid power, hydraulic hybrids



Afshin Izadian     (ECE-IUPUI)   Controls of renewable energy systems, energy conversion, wind energy

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Suresh Jagannathan

Cyber infrastructures for wind farm


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David Kozel

Wind turbine power electronics, data acquisition and signal processing

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Dev Niyogi

Biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate change

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Dimitrios Peroulis

RF/Bio sensors, nano-electro-mechanical resonators

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Byron Pipes
(ChE, MSE)

Nanotechnology applications in aerospace, composites, polymer science and engineering, advanced power trains, fluid power, vehicle design


Paul Preckel

wind power integration, managing intermittency, forecasting, electricity markets, energy modeling


Linda Prokopy

Social dimensions, natural resources, watershed management

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Farshid Sadeghi

Tribology in transmission

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Maryam Saeedifard
(ECE-Georgia Tech)

Power electronics

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Thomas Siegmund

Damage mechanics, Computational fracture mechanics, Composite materials

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Wallace Tyner

Energy and natural resource policy analysis

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Jan Vitek

Cyber infrastructures for wind farm, cellulose-backed PV cells

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Xiuling Wang

3-D wind fields construction and wind energy assessment

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Oleg Wasynczuk

Distributed heterogeneous simulation, motors, power electronics/systems

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Bin Yao

Precision control of mechanical systems

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Jeffrey Youngblood

Biocompatible polymers, polymer nanostructures

Wenbin Yu

Wenbin Yu

Design & analysis of large wind turbine blades; multibody dynamics simulation of wind turbines

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Chenn Zhou

Computational fluid dynamics and virtual reality visualization, human factors, human-computer interaction, occupant performance

Technical Contact

Melba Crawford
Associate Dean of Engineering for Research

Collaborating Laboratories

Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories
Purdue Center for Systems Integrity (PCSI)

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Mann Hall, Rm 105
203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971