In an attempt to grow the wind industry in Canada the Institute has made a concerted effort to attract students/interns from across the country for work terms at the Institute. This program has been very successful and rewarding for both the students and the Institute. This hands on opportunity gives the students/interns a chance to explore the wind energy field and gives them an opportunity to bridge the realms of academia and industry. The Institute also offers a Visiting Professional and Peer Review Program (VPPP) that allows for job shadowing at all levels of the organization, internships, co-op placements, peer review of papers, etc. The Institute strategically supports college and university wind energy programs and engages in outreach and public education efforts to support its mission. Compiled below is a list of students/interns who spent time at the Institute since 2008.
Tapabrata (a.k.a. Topo), an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Regina, worked at WEICan for a year-long term in 2014-15 pursuing his master’s degree.
His main responsibilities involved implementation of various ancillary grid services using energy storage. He did his MEng. project work on automatic generation control (AGC) using energy storage which is a type of ancillary grid service. Topo recently contacted us saying, “In my opinion, WEICan is one of the best research institutes to work for in Canada. The work environment is conducive for students and interns.”
Topo is currently completing his master’s degree from the University of Regina in electronic systems engineering and temporarily employed at Saskpower.