Professional & Continuing Studies

Offshore Wind Skills Academy

The University of Delaware and the Danish Energy and Climate Academy (ECA) have jointly created an Offshore Wind Skills Academy (OWSA). OWSA builds on both the ECA’s experience training over 2,000 European wind power professionals and UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment’s research and graduate education in U.S. offshore wind power. 

The OWSA is targeted for professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, investors, consultants and any others wanting an in-depth knowledge of this industry. (OWSA is not targeted to trades, managers, planners, vessel operators or craftsmen; training for them is being developed at the local level.)  OWSA’s lecturers are industry experts with European or North American experience.  The OWSA fills an important gap in the path to develop and rapidly expand this new industry in North America.

Upcoming Course

Project Development from A to Z
January 27-29, 2020 – Advanced development permitting, vessels, supply chain, deployment, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning
Cost: $2,400

Costs include light breakfast, catered lunch and course materials.
A limited number of support scholarships are available. Please contact Rebecca Cox to see if you qualify and to receive the discount code.

Newark Campus
University of Delaware Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus
540 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19716

The OWSA draws on experienced wind industry professionals from Denmark and the United States who have contributed to building projects and developing the industry.  The list of instructors below have taught previously and will be updated for the upcoming course soon.

Wiebke Langreder, MSc, Head of Wind Consulting for EMD International A/S
Wiebke Langreder has 22 years of international experience in wind resource and risk assessment. Wind resource, bankable energy yield and technical risk assessments include the following offshore projects: Borssele, Horns Rev III, Kriegers Flak, Lillegrunden, Lillgrund, Vattenfall Nearshore, and Binhai North H2.

Michael Thompson, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), Northland Power
Michael Thompson has over 30 years of experience in energy sector project development, project risk assessment, project finance, investment and commercial banking. He helped lead the development and financing of Gemini, Nordsee 1 and many conventional power projects.

Lars Høst Johansen, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineer
Before joining the Ørsted wind department, where he serves as senior WTG development specialist, Lars Høst Johansen spent close to 10 years as a product engineer at Vestas.

Kaj Lindvig
Kaj Lindvig has been a top executive and board member within the offshore wind power business for 15 years. He has deep experience in the offshore wind sector and formerly served as CEO of A2SEA A/S and chairman of the board for K2 Management A/S.

Deniz Ozkan, Ph.D., MBA, Atlantic Grid Development
Deniz Ozkan has experience in energy investment analysis and cost of energy projections for New York and Massachusetts. He has extensive technical knowledge and has spent 13 years in energy and power markets, utilities and RTOs, transmission planning, and grid integration.

Jordan R.P. Shoesmith, PMO and bid development for Vineyard Wind, Business Developer for Copenhagen Offshore Partners
Jordan R. P. Shoesmith has expertise in U.S. offshore wind, New England Class I REC markets, large-scale renewables, renewable energy procurement and contracting, and ISO New England-administered wholesale markets. 

Lauren Burm, Head of Public Affairs and Communications for Ørsted North America, previous positions with Entergy and state of Massachusetts
Prior to offshore wind, Lauren Burm worked in nuclear power public affairs. She is currently conducting stakeholder outreach and public affairs for offshore wind projects, such as South Fork and Block Island.

Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., Founding Director for Special Initiative on Offshore Wind and Director for Renewables Consulting Group
Stephanie McClellan wrote the influential March 2019 “Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power.” She has expertise in coordinating multiple entities in the energy sector to achieve common goals.

Tim Mack, Business Development, EEW Steel Trading Offshore Wind, Petro Steel LLC, ArcelorMittal
Along with deep knowledge of the supply chain for foundations and other steel components, Tim Mack has an understanding of how state policies affect development in the supply chain.


For more information or questions regarding the Offshore Wind Skills Academy, please contact Rebecca Cox at or 302-831-2336.



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