SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) today announced it has received two grants totaling $568,000. The first grant for nearly $400,000 will establish the SUNY Poly Offshore Wind Training Team (SPOWT²). The SPOWT² will prepare SUNY Poly students for careers in the offshore wind industry, enhance the faculty’s expertise on the subject, as well as fund scholarships for underrepresented and non-traditional populations interested in the field. The project is led by SUNY Poly Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Dr. Zhanjie Li.
The second grant, for $168,000, supports the development of a micro-credential program focused on offshore wind technology and training. This program is a collaboration between Farmingdale State College (FSC) and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), where Professor of Nanoengineering Dr. Haralabos Efstathiadis leads the program to facilitate students gaining hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment to test materials used in the blades of the wind turbines. They will learn about the development of materials to prevent micro-cracks and also protect them from degradation and corrosion.
The offshore wind training grants were awarded by the State University of New York (SUNY) on behalf of New York’s Offshore Wind Training Institute, which launched in 2021 to advance offshore wind training programs and the educational infrastructure needed to establish a skilled workforce that can support the emerging national offshore wind industry.