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.
André, a mechanical engineering graduate from Laval University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month term in the fall of 2010 as he completed his doctoral studies.
His duties included the installation and testing of Laval University’s “ice-free anemometer”. The results he obtained highlighted the financial losses WEICan was burdened with due to icing of anemometers. He holds 4 patents and has published several papers including one entitled, "Commissioning of a new ice-free anemometer: 2011 field tests at WEICan,” co-authored by Gerald Giroux, former WEICan project engineer.
André is now an associate professor in mechanical engineering at Laval University with many research projects linked to the wind energy industry. The ice-free anemometer project has merged into what is now known as the Meteorological Conditions Monitoring Station (MCMS), a sensor dedicated for icing measurements on wind turbines. In November 2020, he co-founded ICETEK, a startup company (www.icetek.ca) dedicated to the commercialization of the ice sensor. He is very grateful for his time at WEICan as it has helped him in bringing his ideas to the market.