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Leaders from the wind power industry, state and federal agencies, venture capital firms and higher education will be gathered at NJIT in Newark next week for a free two-day conference about the technology driving the development of energy from wind. 

The NJ Offshore Wind Technology Conference and Exhibition on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 culminates a week of “New Jersey Wind Week” events. The week begins with a two-day Offshore Wind Bootcamp on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 that offers a fast-paced two-day training session geared toward university students and engineers interested in starting careers in the offshore wind industry. 

“NJ Wind Week at NJIT represents a vibrant and valuable resource for anyone interested in the offshore wind industry,” said Michael Edmondson, an associate provost for continued learning at NJIT. 

There are no course pre-requisites required for the free bootcamp, however, participants must have an educational background in college-level or advanced-placement level engineering or physical sciences.  

The bootcamp will provide training on fundamentals to help practicing engineers, researchers, and graduates to transition from traditional power engineering roles into the new field of offshore wind energy. Topics covered include offshore wind power generation, cabling, offshore wind construction, substations, grid interconnection, wind policy, and operations and maintenance. 

Those successfully completing the bootcamp training will be issued a certificate for 14 professional development hours (PDH). For participants who pass the examination (multiple-choice questions) at the end of the bootcamp, this course can count toward a graduate certificate in the offshore wind education program under planning at NJIT. 

The bootcamp will be followed by the two-day offshore wind conference blends panel discussions, research sessions, individual speakers and networking opportunities. A half-dozen wind developers will participate including Atlantic Shores, Attentive Energy, Rise Light & Power and Invenergy.In all there will be 40 speakers from more than 30 organizations in government, industry, and academia.  

Research sessions will highlight new developments in technology related to the wind industry, with professors and students from NJIT, Princeton, Rutgers, Steves, Montclair State and Rowan participating. Student presentations will include their latest offshore wind research published in peer-reviewed journals. The conference also includes a career exhibition that will help students, graduates and working professionals network and find new job opportunities. 

For more information about New Jersey Wind Week at NJIT, including registration links, go here