Industrial Engineering Seminar Series - Professor Yu Ding, Texas A&M University

Event Date: August 17, 2012


Industrial Engineering

Seminar Series

Dr. Yu Ding

Professor and

Centerpoint Energy Career Development Professor

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Texas A&M University

Data Analysis Methods for Wind Turbine Operations

Friday – August 17, 2012


Grissom Hall – Room 280


The US Department of Energy sets the goal to reach 20% of the total electricity from wind energy by 2030. The reality, however, is that wind power currently accounts for about 2% of the electricity generation in the US. In order to achieve the 20% goal, there are several critical issues to be resolved, one of which is the high cost of operations and maintenance of wind power facilities. Operation of wind power facilities involves characteristics that differ from those in conventional power systems, such as the influence of stochastic weather effects on turbine load distribution and maintenance feasibility. This presentation gives an overview of our research efforts in developing new methodologies and solution tools in an attempt to advise better design and maintenance practices, helping reduce operational costs in generating wind energy. In particular, the talk discusses with examples our recent data analytics work using actual turbine operation data.


Dr. Yu Ding is currently an Associate Professor and Holder of the Centerpoint Energy Career Development Professorship in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ding received a B.S. degree from the University of Science & Technology of China in 1993, an M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 1996, an M.S. degree from Penn State University in 1998, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 2001. His research interests are in the general areas of quality and reliability engineering, and system informatics and control. Dr. Ding serves as a department editor for IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of IIE, INFORMS and ASME. More information is available on his Lab’s website,