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John Patten’s Wind Turbine

As my wife and I were driving up Route 131 this past Saturday, on our way back home from our summer vacation, we noticed a tall, striking wind turbine near the Western Michigan University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus at Parkview. We both wondered if it had been there before we left, as we did not remember it. Well, we were right, it is a new feature of the Parkview landscape.

There is a front-page article on WMU Professor John Patten’s new wind turbine in the Monday, August 13, 2007 issue of the Kalamazoo Gazette. The article by Paula M. Davis (pdavis@kalamazoogazette.com) is entitled “Professor funds WMU wind turbine” and briefly discusses this new project. Professor Patten has sunk over $10,000 of his own money into this project to promote this clean, green method of energy production. I hope that our CEAS engineering students will take this as inspiration to delve into this way of power generation. Kudos to Dr. Patten for taking this step (and putting his own money on the line as well).

The article is still available for the next week or so on the MLive Kalamazoo Gazette site, and then you’ll have to try to access it via Interlibrary Loan or by getting your hands on a copy of the paper. There are two photos in the print edition that show you what the turbine looks like.

About Ed Eckel

I am a engineering and applied sciences librarian at Western Michigan University.


2 thoughts on “John Patten’s Wind Turbine

  1. Dear Ed, i came across your blog; well only because i was googling my father’s name just because, well im not really sure why i guess boredum gets to you sometimes and i was courious to what he really does i know he does alot and if i ever was to ask him what project are you working on he goes into such great long details about it and i usually fall asleep or zone him out, his scientific termology isnt an actual launage and sometimes i think he speaks in a foreign sciencetific launage from another plannet. (as you can see im not very good at biology, it kinda sucks šŸ˜€ but i loved earth science just so you know im not ascience hater haha) anyways i thought iw as cool of you to post it to inform people about it. because i got to learn more about my dad & his wind terbine. i knew about it as he spoke of it alot but whenever i read something i always learn more, unless he already told that to me and i zoned it out but still thanks for sharing this with everybody, im sure my dad is very grateful that you did too. he works very hard at whatever he does and i am very proud of his accomplishments and your blog was very well written and thanks for shating it with me and the othe readers i think its cool how you are in the science and engineering world and to help spread the world of some great, smart, and talented and gifted people. thanks again and have a great day.

    Anna Patten, < 3 3

    Posted by Anna Patten | January 6, 2010, 12:41 pm
    • Thank you Anna for responding to my post. Your Dad is a great guy, doing some really interesting work. I actually don’t know how he does it all. Lord knows when he sleeps. I’m glad you saw the post and learned something from it. I hope that others do as well. I’m always happy to help and promote your Dad’s work when I can.

      Posted by Ed Eckel | January 6, 2010, 2:27 pm

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