July 24, 2023: Prof. Howland went on the Energy Environment Economy podcast, produced by the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC), to discuss our lab’s research, climate change, environment-energy system interactions, renewable energy, wind farm optimization through collective control, education, and the critical need to get more students involved in climate and sustainability research and careers.
Episode 6: Breezing into the Future with Dr. Mike Howland

Podcast website:  


Collective control of wind farms: 

April 24, 2023: Congratulations to Ph.D. student in our lab Kirby Heck on receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP).

Kirby is studying Coriolis, wind shear, and stability effects on wind turbine wakes in order to develop improved engineering models for wind farm design and control optimization.

January 26, 2023: Thanks to the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) for describing our research and teaching efforts to advance renewable energy and to confront climate change in their biannual MITEI Energy Futures magazine.


September 15, 2022: Our Nature Energy paper, which developed, validated, and implemented a new predictive wind farm flow model at a utility-scale farm to significantly increase energy production was covered by The Boston Globe and Wired.

July 14, 2022: Our group has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study and model the impacts of Coriolis and stability effects on wind turbine wakes. Thanks to Dr. Ron Joslin, NSF-CBET, and the Fluid Dynamics program for the support ( 

June 27, 2022: Congratulations to Ph.D. student in our lab Storm Mata on receiving the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-CSGF).

Storm will develop improved models for wind energy accounting for atmospheric flows and will use the models to assess potential impacts from climate change on wind energy. More information about Storm and his work are highlighted in this MIT CEE article.

June 7, 2022: Prof. Howland was interviewed by USA Today about wind energy to correct online misinformation. Wind energy continues to increase in efficiency and decrease in costs, and is a critical technology for energy system decarbonization. Full article here.

October 25, 2021: Prof. Howland was interviewed for the BBC documentary 39 Ways to Save the Planet. The full discussion can be read here.  The podcast aired on BBC Radio 4.

We discussed the potential of wind farm control to increase mean wind farm energy production and also to enable wind farms to more actively control their power and reduce intermittency, which has important benefits for the broader energy system.  

December 21, 2020: Our recent field experiment characterizing the impact of atmospheric stability and yaw misalignment on utility-scale wind turbines has been published in JRSE

A short summary of the paper is highlighted in Scilight:

The full article can be accessed here:  

As of Fall 2021, we have joined MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering. We are seeking motivated graduate students for PhD projects in renewable energy systems and atmospheric dynamics. If you are interested in working with our group, I encourage you to reach out to me at: