CCNY team triumphs in 2024 Collegiate Wind Competition, advances to final round

In its debut appearance in the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)-sponsored event, a City College of New York team of mostly Grove School of Engineering undergraduates is among 12 winners in Phase 2 of the 2024 Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC). The annual national competition aims to prepare college students for jobs in the wind energy workforce through real-world wind energy technology, project development, and outreach experience. 

CCNY’s Phase 2 co-winners include:

•    Johns Hopkins University;
•     Rice University;
•    The Pennsylvania State University;
•    University of Colorado Boulder;
•    University of Texas at Dallas; and
•    University of Wisconsin

Their reward is a $15,000 cash prize per team and qualification to CWC’s Phase 3 -- the final round. There they will present their work at the American Clean Power Association’s CLEANPOWER Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis, May 5–9.

The Phase 2 winners were selected based on evaluation of deliverables 32 Phase 1 winners created last fall. These deliverables included a report and video on the team’s turbine prototype fabrication and testing, preliminary design report for a hypothetical offshore wind farm site, and a report on the team’s story and their strategy for outreach to their local communities, students, and the wind industry. 

During Phase 3, the qualifiers will complete their wind turbine prototype designs and wind farm site designs. They will also build and test their turbine prototypes and continue to build connections with the wind energy industry and their communities. 

The CCNY team comprises (all seniors unless indicated):

Turbine Design and Testing

Mechanical Engineering:
Daniel Blough;  
Natalia Nieto-Wire;
Jooi Albano
Jaimie Zhao;
Laiba Laisee;
Yubai Liang;
Electrical Engineering: 
Jackaria Hossain;
Bryant Yang;
Anfernny Nunez;
Saad Salam
Stephen B. Vixama.

Project Development 

Raphael Langer, mechanical engineering;
JK Goongoon, environmental engineering; 
Keanu Stowe, ME;
Ryan S. Fong, ME;
Ciania Mejia, junior, biology;
Wyatt Kuebler, architecture; 
Naeema Haque, environmental earth systems science;
Nadia Ben Slima, junior, computer engineering; 
Charles Lee-Georgescu, ME;  
Consuelo Rodriguez, ME; 
Elsa Cobaj, junior, ME; and
Peter Friedman, ME.
The Grove School’s Yang Liu, assistant professor, mechanical engineering; Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis, assistant professor, electrical engineering; and Professor Ali Sadegh, mechanical engineering, are the team’s faculty advisors. Attentive Energy is GSOE Winds primary industry partner.

The Biden-Harris Administration has set its sights on 100% clean electricity by 2035 and an economy with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Wind energy—now the largest source of renewable power in the United States—can help meet those goals. The growing wind energy industry will need a robust workforce to fill a wide range of roles. The CWC, which launched in 2014, helps prepare the future wind energy workforce by inviting college students from a range of disciplines to design, build, and test a prototype wind turbine; develop a site plan and cost-of-energy analysis for a hypothetical wind farm; and conduct outreach with the wind energy industry, their communities, and local media outlets.

The CWC is funded by DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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