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New Jersey Academic Alliance for Offshore Wind Energy Symposium

January 12


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Wade Trappe, Rutgers Offshore Wind Energy Collaborative Co-chair, engages the attendees of the 2023 Rutgers University Offshore Wind Energy Symposium in a “World Cafe” group discussion.

Join us for the New Jersey Academic Alliance for Offshore Wind Energy Symposium on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 9am to 3pm at the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, 500 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

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What is the A2OSW? To build upon the collaborations and multidisciplinary expertise among New Jersey’s colleges and universities as it pertains to offshore wind energy, the concept of a New Jersey Academic Alliance for Offshore Wind Energy (A2OSW) was formed earlier this year. The vision of the A2OSW is to be a national leader for innovative offshore wind energy research and education, and to serve as a hub to convene, coordinate, and catalyze innovative research and education programs so they are academically diverse and inclusive, recognized for thought leadership, support state goals, and ensure that coastal communities receive the benefits of a clean and resilient offshore wind energy economy.

What academic institutions are currently involved in the A2OSW? Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC), Monmouth University, Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Stockton University. Other New Jersey academic institutions are welcome to join!

What is the purpose of the A2OSW Symposium? The A2OSW Symposium is an opportunity for New Jersey academic institutions to discuss their expertise, programs, and projects in offshore wind energy education, research, community engagement, and workforce development; identify opportunities for collaboration; and develop a plan to build an organized statewide effort in offshore wind energy.

Who should attend? Academia and partners in offshore wind energy – students, faculty, staff, government, nonprofits, and industry – are invited to attend.

Agenda: Symposium Agenda

Student Poster Session: Student posters related to offshore wind energy will be on display during the Symposium. Students can present their posters during the breaks throughout the day. If you would like to present a poster at the Symposium, please submit the title of your poster to Amy Mandelbaum at by Friday, January 5, 2024. Click here for the student poster guidelines.

Parking Information:

  • For Non-Rutgers Attendees: Event Parking is available in Lots 51, 51B, 54, and 59. These parking lots are a short walk to the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering. Please use the following link to register your vehicle: Click here. A confirmation only appears on the screen once you have registered your vehicle. No email is sent. You do not need a parking pass to display – your license plate will be added to the system.
  • For Rutgers Attendees: If you are a Rutgers student, faculty or staff, please park in your respective lot. Please do not register for parking.


  • The Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering is located at 500 Bartholomew Road in Piscataway, New Jersey and is located on the Busch Campus. Google Maps Directions
  • Event Parking is available in Lot 51, Lot 51B, Lot 54 and Lot 59. 
  • For Non-Rutgers attendees, please see “Parking Information” above for information on how to register your vehicle.
  • For Rutgers faculty, staff, and students, please do not register for parking. Please park in your respective lot.

Public Transportation: Please refer to the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus transit schedule for the Winter Break 2024 schedule.

Photo and Video Release: By registering to participate in this public learning space, you agree to provide Rutgers permission to record your image and/or voice and to provide all rights for Rutgers to use those images and recordings for educational, promotional, or other purposes that support the mission of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dietary Restrictions: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email

Bring Your Reusable Water Bottle and/or Mug: In an effort to reduce waste, please bring your reusable water bottle and/or mug to the Symposium. A water refilling station is located on the 2nd floor atrium of Weeks Hall – between rooms 202 and 206. Coffee and tea will be available during the breaks. Cups will be on hand as needed.

Wifi: There is free Wi-Fi under “RUWireless.” For Non-Rutgers attendees, please select “I want Guest Internet Access.” Click here for detailed instructions.

This event is made possible with funding from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Questions: Please contact Amy Mandelbaum at or 848-932-4206.



Student Posters: Thank you to the following students for presenting their posters regarding their offshore wind energy work at the Symposium. Click here for a printable list of the poster titles.

  • Rojyar Berhemat – Rowan University – Structural Health Monitoring and Condition Assessment for Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Michelle Hernandez – New Jersey Institute of Technology – Optimizing Wind Power Generation: Developing a Digital Twin for Real-Time Monitoring and Analysis
  • Riya Karande – New Jersey Institute of Technology – IoT Sensing Platform for Remote Monitoring and Real-Time Data Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Mohammad Katibeh – Rutgers University – Design Optimization of Wind Turbine Blades with Morphing Surfaces
  • Yiming Liu – Stevens Institute of Technology – Robot-based damage inspection for offshore wind turbines
  • Suresh Mahadevan – Atlantic Cape Community College – (Poster title forthcoming)
  • Fatemah Mohammadi Ghahsareh – Stevens Institute of Technology – Application of UHPC for offshore wind turbines
  • Katherine Moreira – Rutgers University – Rutgers University DOE Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Team
  • Anjali Viswanathan – Rutgers University – Rutgers University Collegiate Wind Competition Team’s Design of an Offshore Wind Turbine
  • Zhuzhu Wang – Stevens Institute of Technology – Coordinated Control of MMC-HVDC Integrated Offshore Wind Farms via Automatic Clustering for Power System Frequency Support
  • Patrick Wilk – Rowan University – Proactive Production Forecasting to Support Offshore Wind
  • Hannah Hata Williams – Princeton University – How much do waves matter in an offshore wind farm?
  • Ali Zabihi – Rowan University – Non-contact condition monitoring of wind turbines using laser vibrometers
  • Jimiao Zhang – Rowan University – Dynamic Modeling and Grid-Forming Control of PMSG-Based Wind Energy Conversion Systems



Panelists: Thank you to the following experts for serving as panelists at the Symposium.

  • Environmental Impact and Climate-smart Modeling:

Julie Lockwood, Interim Director, Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources

Rutgers University-New Brunswick 848-932-9336

Area of Expertise: Wildlife conservation; invasive species


Pankaj Lal, Professor and Director, Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center

Montclair State University 973-655-3137 and 973-655-3978

Area of Expertise: Energy sustainability and economics, energy analytics, industrial ecology, energy modeling and policy


Michael Mueller, Professor and Associate Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Princeton University 609-258-5191

Area of Expertise: Fluid mechanics, propulsion and energy sciences


  • Design and Operations:

Ahmed Aziz Ezzat, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Rutgers University-New Brunswick 848-445-3625

Area of Expertise: AI/ML for renewable energy forecasting and operations, asset & system prognostics and diagnostics, operations & maintenance, operations research and engineering


Muhammad Hajj, Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Director, Davidson Laboratory, and George Meade Bond Professor

Stevens Institute of Technology 201-216-8336

Area of Expertise: Nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics, structural dynamics, and fluid-structure interactions with applications in aero- and hydro-elasticity, ships hydrodynamics, biomimetically-inspired air and underwater vehicles, and energy harvesting


Yi Bao, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology 201-216-5223

Area of Expertise: Structural health monitoring and condition assessment; AI-powered smart sensors; fiber optic sensors; wireless sensors; machine learning; coastal infrastructure


Behrad Koohbor, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Rowan University 856-256-5328

Area of Expertise: Composites, additive manufacturing


  • Electricity Transmission and Storage:

Zhimin Xi, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Rutgers University-New Brunswick 848-445-3657

Area of Expertise: Design for reliability and the applications for reliable autonomous vehicles/robots, lithium-ion batteries, and additive manufacturing


Philip Pong, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director, Green Technology Research and Training Laboratory, Sensor Research Laboratory

New Jersey Institute of Technology 973-596-3533

Area of Expertise: Development and application of advanced sensing techniques based on electromagnetic sensors in smart grid, non-contact sensing, sensors for cyber-physical systems


Lei Wu, Anson Wood Burchard Chair Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology 201-216-8066

Area of Expertise: Power and energy system optimization and control


  • Workforce Development:

Sherwood Taylor, Senior Director, Workforce Development

Atlantic Cape Community College 609-343-4816

Area of Expertise: Workforce development


Robert Bullard, Director, Office of Career Advancement

Rowan University 856-256-4456

Area of Expertise: Workforce development


Jacalyn Toth Sullivan, Adjunct Professor of Marine Science and Marine Mammal Biologist

Stockton University 

Area of Expertise: Marine mammal ecology, population dynamics, and long-term population monitoring, with a focus on seasonal cetaceans and pinnipeds in New Jersey.  


  • Community Engagement:

Karl Vilacoba, Communications Director, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute

Monmouth University 732-571-3688

Area of Expertise: Project manager for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal


Sean Duffy, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Rutgers University-Camden 856-225-6204

Area of Expertise: Environmental psychology


Yashwant Sinha, Instructor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Rowan University 856-256-5322

Area of Expertise: Offshore wind energy community engagement





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Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering
500 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854 United States
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