UI Provost to present on wind energy

Photo by ali_pk, Flickr
Photo by ali_pk, Flickr
KC McGinnis | March 3, 2016

University of Iowa Provost and professor of mechanical and industrial engineering Barry Butler will give a presentation on wind energy this Friday in Coralville. The event comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Iowa now leads the nation in wind energy per capita, with 31.3% of its energy coming from wind — the first U.S. state to cross the 30% threshold.

During his presentation, simply titled, “Wind Energy,” Butler will talk about what kinds of STEM education students can pursue in order to advance in the field of wind energy. In previous presentations Butler has talked about the history of wind turbines in the Midwest, advances in wind turbine technology and Iowa’s role as a wind energy leader. Butler co-chairs the American Wind Energy Association’s Research and Development Committee and advises the U.S. Department of Energy on wind energy issues.

The event takes place Friday, March 4, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa in Coralville and is open to the public.

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