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Pramod Jain, Ph.D., is founder and president of Innovative Wind Energy, Inc., a wind energy consulting company. He is recognized as a global expert in the planning of wind projects and has worked on projects in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America that range from a single 100-kW turbine to a 100-plus MW wind farm. He has worked on wind projects for a variety of clients including Fortune 100 companies, the US government, universities, utilities, municipalities, and land developers.

He was a cofounder and Chief Technologist at Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting, Inc. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. from University of Kentucky, Lexington, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.  I have been interested in writing short technical articles from my graduate school days. I was never good at it.

In those days, I supposedly wrote dense stuff, and the audience I hadinmind were experts in the field. This changed as I wrote for a corporate audience. When I got into the wind business, I wrote white papers and blogs regularly but never considered writing a book. The idea of writing this book came to me from a dear friend Satya Komatineni, author of books on Android. He encouraged me to send a proposal to McGraw-Hill about the book. This led me down to a nine-month long adventure.

The best metaphor to describe the adventure is that writing a book is akin to the nine-month process of gestation and birthing of the first child. Although I have not personally experienced it, I have lived with someone who has. It is exciting, uncomfortable, painful, at times really painful, and in the end, the product makes you forget the pain. The impetus for writing this book was the lack of books on the market that targeted engineers.

Specifically, I wanted to write a book that would give an engineer, from any discipline, sufficient knowledge about the multidisciplinary field of wind energy. This book intends to bring to bear at least five disciplines in order to provide a reasonably comprehensive understanding of the field of wind energy. The five disciplines are meteorology, mechanical and aeronautical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and environmental engineering.

In addition, to these core engineering disciplines, the book has chapters on finance and project management, two businessrelated disciplines that are key to wind energy. I wrote the book with the following audiences in mind. First are engineers and scientists in the wind industry but who practice in a narrow segment of the industry that covers their specific discipline. Second are engineers and scientists who want to enter the wind industry.