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Western Chapter Meeting
May 3 @ 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Wind Energy Research at Notre Dame – Developing a Better Energy Source, Dr. Robert Charles Nelson, P.E., Professor Emeritus, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
The major challenges of this century will be to provide enough energy, water, and food without harming the environment and depleting these resources for future generations. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy must play a more important role in our energy future. Wind power has the potential to meet 20% of our electricity needs. One of the most important
challenges is to make the cost of generating electricity from wind turbines competitive with other energy sources. Research at the University of Notre Dame has shown that significant improvements can be made to make wind power more cost effective.
Robert Nelson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1964, 1966) and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State
University (1974). Before joining Notre Dame, Nelson was an instructor of aerospace engineering at Penn State and later worked as an engineer at the U.S. Air Force Flight Dynamics
Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In 1975, he joined the faculty at Notre Dame. His teaching and research interests include aerodynamics, flight dynamics of aircraft, and wind turbine control and performance.