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The University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will begin offering senior undergraduate- and graduate-level courses aimed at preparing students for possible careers in the wind power industry.

Beginning with the start of the spring 2008 semester on Jan. 22, the college will offer courses in wind turbine design and wind power management. According to Andrew Kusiak, professor of industrial engineering, the location of five new wind power companies in Iowa will result in the creation of hundreds of new jobs for the state.

"The Wind Power Management Program at the UI is intended to educate professionals for design, operations and management of wind farms deployed in massive numbers all over the country," Kusiak says. "The graduates will be able to fully understand the system and management of wind power facilities and their interactions with other alternative and conventional power generation systems."

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