Partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) can be a rewarding experience—and an opportunity to connect with fresh talent and expand your own professional network!  

Check out these testimonials from members of the wind energy industry who have lent their expertise to the competition. 

“As a CWC judge, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of the brightest students I have ever met—some of whom are now my peers. This competition is, in my opinion, the best experience college students going into the renewable energy sector can have.” 

Santiago Bermudez 

Judge, 2018 and 2020 CWC
Project Manager, Renewables at Invenergy LLC 


Santiago Bermudez, Renewable Energies, Invenergy LLC


Photo courtesy of Santiago Bermudez, Renewables at Invenergy LLC
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Photo courtesy of Connor Kobieski, Invenergy LLC

“I was impressed with the creative solutions the collegiate teams applied to their project development challenges. CWC emulates real-world wind farm development, giving students an opportunity to learn in a hands-on way, and uniquely prepares them for careers in the wind industry.” 

Connor Kobieski 

Judge, 2018 and 2020 CWC
Director, International Project Management at Invenergy LLC 


“The CWC allows students to experience the whole process of developing a new wind turbine design, and there’s so much value in that. I think most people understand the concept phase of design—using the knowledge you’ve gained in engineering classes to solve a technical problem. But can you build it? Test it? Redesign and optimize it? Those are things we do in industry all the time, and CWC gives students a chance to experience them firsthand. We’ve also hired several CWC alumni both as interns and full-time engineers, and it shows in their teamwork skills and systematic approach to solving problems.” 

David Magnuson

Judge, 2020 and 2022 CWC
Technical Training Leader, Edison Engineering Development Program, GE Renewable Energy 



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Photo courtesy of David Magnuson, GE Renewable Energy