Austin Downey is a Ph.D. candidate and IGERT fellow at Iowa State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics and Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy. Additionally, he received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 2014. His research focuses on increasing the resiliency of mesoscale structures to both manmade and natural events through the real-time monitoring, modeling, and adaptive control of structures. He has authored over 20 journal papers related to his research and is the lead inventor on a U.S. patent.
The Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy program will produce graduates that will be technical experts, responsible communicators, and ethical decision-makers who can lead the nation toward meeting national goals in the use of wind energy to reduce climate impacts, while contributing to U.S. economic competitiveness.
IGERT is the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. Collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and requires teamwork provides students with the tools to become leaders in the science and engineering of the future. Diversity among the students contributes to their preparation to solve large and complex research problems of significant scientific and societal importance at the national and international level. IGERT students obtain the personal and professional skills to succeed in the careers of the 21st century. Since 1998 the IGERT program has made 215 awards to over 100 lead universities in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. IGERT has provided funding for nearly 5,000 graduate students