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In 2022, Rutgers received a $125,000 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Wind Institute for the University Initiatives to Advance Offshore Wind Energy program. Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Josh Kohut, and Wade Trappe serve as co-investigators on the University Initiatives program, which includes three projects:

  • Educational Initiatives for a Resilient Offshore Wind Energy Economy in New Jersey. Rutgers faculty and staff will develop and deliver modular curricula across various technical, business, environmental, engineering and policy topics related to offshore wind energy. The modules will be designed to be integrated into a wide range of current Rutgers courses and for presentation as standalone programs.
  • Offshore Wind Energy Symposium. The Symposium, which occurred in January 2023, brought together industry, government and academic leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as build community engagement in offshore wind energy. A summary report based on the information from the symposium will be used by the NJEDA to develop recommendations on the government’s role in the development of the offshore wind sector.
  • Community Events and Shared Learning. There will be a total of three in-person community-building events, one at each Rutgers campus: Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, and Rutgers-New Brunswick. The primary goal of the events will be to explore opportunities in the offshore wind sector.

For questions regarding the University Initiatives program, please contact Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Senior Executive Director of NJAES, at