We thank our 2009 Corporate Sponsors
Women of Wind Energy depends on the generosity of wind industry businesses, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and individual donors to help us build new opportunities for women’s career growth, leadership, and impact. Please click below to see the names of the companies that are leading the way in support for women of wind through WOWE sponsorship in 2009.
Support Women of Wind Energy
If you share WoWE's goal of advancing the role of women of wind energy, please consider adding your financial support.
By becoming a WoWE corporate sponsor, you join in the vital mission to advance the role of women in wind energy. WoWE depends on the backing of businesses across the wind industry - in manufacturing, development, technical and legal support, and other roles - who believe that WoWE's advocacy and educational programs are important to our industry and our world.
For individual donors, families, and private foundations, Women of Wind Energy offers the opportunity to help build a renewable energy future for North America and the world by supporting more women to do this vital work. Your charitable gift to WoWE will support core programs and operations, including networking and career development, mentoring, and education for and about women of wind. There are also opportunities for targeted program support.
Pleasemake checks payable to "Women of Wind Energy" and mail to:
Women of Wind Energy (WoWE)
P.O. Box 34464
Washington, DC 20043
Click below to download a contribution form and further information about your tax-deductible gift to Women of Wind Energy.
Questions? To learn more about supporting Women of WindEnergy, please contact Ann Jones-Weinstock, WoWE's Interim Director, at802-482-2255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women of Wind Energy hosts an annual networking luncheon at AWEA's WINDPOWER to present the recipients of the Rudd Mayer Memorial Sponsorship, award the Woman of the Year Award and the Rising Star Award, and to build networks and contacts in the industry.
For a copy of Dr. Jan Hamriin's keynote address, please click on the document below.
More information on the 2009 Luncheon will be available in January, 2009.
Women of Wind Energy also gather less formally at various wind and other renewable energy conferences and events. Anyone is welcome to host these gatherings, which can be as formal or informal as you like. Just be sure to contact the WoWE Program Coordinator and post an announcement on the Yahoo listserv so we can invite other supporters.
- February 18, 2009 at Dewey's Flatiron in New York
- October 21, 2008 at the CanWEA Conference in Vancouver
- October 6, 2008 at the AWEA Finance & Investment Workshop
- September 25, 2008 at the AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Workshop
- September 9, 2008 at the AWEA Offshore Wind Power Workshop
Local WoWE Chapters
Click here to learn more about local WoWE Chapters.
Each year, Women of Wind Energy awards multiple fellowships to women college students or recent graduates to attend the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER conference. The fellowship honors wind industry pioneer Rudd Mayer of Boulder, Colorado, who passed away in 2002.
Rudd Mayer Memorial Fellowships support women to participate in the conference, attending seminars on current wind energy issues, viewing state-of-the-art technology, meeting women and men in the wind energy field, and connecting with employers about potential internships or permanent positions.
The fellowship is available to any woman who is a currently enrolled student or recent graduate of a college, university, or technical certificate program, and is interested in pursuing a career in the United States wind energy industry.
Rudd Mayer Fellows are selected based on demonstrated commitment to renewable energy development, academic achievement, and potential for future contributions to the U.S. wind energy community. For more information and to download an application form, see the document attachment at the bottom of this page.
WoWE Awards 2009 Rudd Mayer Fellowships to Seven Women
Seven women were introduced and applauded as Rudd Mayer Memorial Fellows this past May at the WoWE annual luncheon at WINDPOWER. Please join us in welcoming these accomplished young women:
Abigail Breazleale is currently finishing her Master's Degree at Northern Arizona University in Sustainable Energy Systems. Her thesis focuses on the use of computation fluid dynamics for micrositing of wind turbines. While at NAU, Abigail has participated in the installation of several metrological towers used for wind data collection. Abigail's goal is to obtain a position in the wind energy industry, which will allow her to apply her skills and further her experience in the wind industry field.
Anna Carlson has spent the last five years of her educational career studying supportive mechanisms for success in the wind energy sector. While pursuing her Masters at Bemidji State University she spent a semester abroad in Aalborg, Denmark where she participated in a "Talent Factory" workshop sponsored by the Danish Wind Energy Association. Anna is interested in pursuing a career in community based wind energy development.
Jessica Strauss has a degree in architecture from Cornell and will graduate from Yale University in May 2009 with her Masters of Business Administration. Her interest in energy grew out of her work on sustainability planning for buildings and property developments. Last summer, Jessica worked in the Wind Parts and Services sector of General Electric through its Renewable Energy Leadership Program. She wants to remain in the wind industry, advising clients on energy policies and how to include wind in their portfolio mix.
Kristen Radecsky is currently attending Humboldt State University to receive her Masters in Environmental Systems with a focus on renewable energy technologies. She is an active in her school's Renewable Energy Student Union, which won a grant to install a 30 m wind monitoring station and associated data processing software tools. In the summer of 2007, Kristen was in Guatemala doing research on small-scale wind turbine design and building low-cost anemometers. After graduation, she would like to work as a wind technician installing small-scale turbines for residential customers.
Myra Blaylock is a second year PhD graduate student in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She is currently working on using computational fluid dynamics to explore active load control of wind turbine blades with Dr. Case van Dam. Myra's goals are stay in the field of research and development for the wind energy industry.
Sarah Russell-Smith has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Skidmore College and is currently enrolled at Stanford University where she is studying to receive her Masters in Atmosphere/Energy, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also the President of the Solar and Wind Energy Project; a group that strives to research and implement solar and wind energy in the Stanford area. Sara plans to continue on with her Ph.D. with a focus on integrating biocomposites into wind turbines.
Sherry LeDuc is working towards her Associates Degree in Wind Energy Technology from Cloud County Community College in Kansas. Sherry recently worked on a proposal for an educational grant for Native American Women and will be presenting her proposal to the Navajo Nation Tribal Council in Window Rock, Arizona, hoping to motivate other Native American Women into the wind energy profession.
Five women received fellowships to attend WINDPOWER 2008:
- Katherine Dykes
- Amanda Hering
- Rosalie Kelly
- Laura Pagliarulo
- Jean Romersheuser
Ten women were honored as Rudd Mayer Fellows at WINDPOWER 2007:
- Ramune Auzelyte
- Ghita Carroll
- Sasha Kemmet
- Tammy Leatherbury
- Susan Massey
- Jenna Pollock
- Nikki Rezvani
- Siriya Skolthanarat
- Heather Stone
- Susan Thompson
Five women received fellowships at WINDPOWER 2006:
- Elizabeth Baker
- Magdalena Sta. Maria
- Tanya Martinez
- Kellye Rose
- Melissa Ray
Six women were celebrated as inaugural Rudd Mayer Fellows at WINDPOWER 2005:
- Devon Veronica Yates
- Kendra Tupper
- Cole McVey
- Alice Orrell
- Nubia Perez
- Stephanie Tebo
WoWE has grown into a nationwide organization that promotes greater involvement and employment of women in the wind energy industry, and provides a unique professional networking forum. Established in 2005, WoWE has blossomed into a network of more than 500 people who have attended our annual luncheons or event Meet Ups and chapter meetings held across the country. We are guided by a Steering Committee of women from across the industry who volunteer their time and effort.
Mick Sagrillo, a seasoned installer and wind energy advocate from Wisconsin put together a three-piece series on insuring small wind systems, which you can read by clicking on the links below.
This report reviews various business structures for community wind development, reviews previous studies on the economic impact of both wind development in general and the relative impacts of corporate and community wind development, and investigates the specific case of the economic impact of community vs. corporate wind development for a multi-turbine project in Big Stone County, Minnesota.
The report found that community owned wind can have a significantly larger economic impact than corporate wind development.
This report by Arne Kildegaard of the University of MN, Morris and Josephine Myers-Kuykindall of the University of MN, Morris, was published September 2006.
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