[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate Engineering Internship (Year Round) – Wind Energy Wake Modeling, NREL, Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Nov 23 05:48:14 MST 2016


*Posting Title*

Graduate Engineering Internship (Year Round) – Wind Energy Wake Modeling



CO - Boulder


*Position Type*

Intern (Fixed Term)


*Hours Per Week*



*Job Summary*

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL), located at the foothills 
of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary 
laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy 
efficiency technologies. NREL has a Wind Farm Modeling Initiative within 
the National Wind Technology Center to enable advanced engineering 
modeling of wind turbines and plants. This R&D program has an opening 
for one graduate engineering intern in wake model development. The 
engineering intern will work with the wind plant modeling team on the 
development and testing/verification/validation of turbine wake models 
including comparisons with high performance computing simulations and 
validation data. Additionally, work on general testing and verification 
of software codes will be involved.

The graduate engineering intern will assist model engineering leads in 
the development and testing/verification/validation of turbine wake 
models within the OpenFAST framework. The intern will work on executing 
high fidelity models of wakes and atmospheric boundary layer in order to 
verify and validate the engineering models. In parallel, a data 
gathering and database development effort will be pursued for turbine 
wake model validation. The intern will support the database development 
and subsequently, the database data will be used to help validate 
physical wake models. Additional work will be undertaken to help test 
and verify the model software framework implementations and to assist in 
the documentation of the models.

The position requires a Master’s Degree in a Mechanical or Related 
Engineering Degree program. Additional required skills include 
experience with Python programming language and computational fluid 
dynamics tools.

The preferred candidate will have previous experience with Fortran 
programming language, Matlab, the generalized dynamic wake model and 
NREL’s SOWFA tool. General knowledge of wind turbine wake creation and 
propagation is also preferred.


*Required Education, Experience, and Skills*

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or 
graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. 
Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 
3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview 
selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA 
and full time enrollment.


*Preferred Qualifications*


*Submission Guidelines*

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position 
at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which 
you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for 
future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each 
position application.


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workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the 
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