CIVS Director Chenn Zhou and Senior Research Scientist John Moreland traveled to Washington D.C. for the National Science Foundation’s Annual ATE PI Conference, held October 23-25. CIVS showcased their Advanced Technological Education project titled “Troubleshooting and Safety Simulator for Wind Turbine Technician Education”, which is being developed in collaboration with community colleges. The has developed a 3D virtual wind turbine simulator, which community college students use to learn and practice troubleshooting skills on a virtual wind farm. A variety of scenarios is included which notify students of a wind turbine fault. They must use tools such as a SCADA system and virtual multi-meter, to visit the faulted wind turbine, investigate the issue, and return the wind turbine to normal working condition. Safety hazards are present along the way, so students must also plan for working at height and consider other issues to safely perform the work.
The ATE PI Conference is held by the American Association of Community Colleges, with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is the 26 th year of the conference, and it was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference is by invitation only and brought together approximately 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education.