Director | Energy Systems Design Research Group
Accomplished industry executive, chief scientist, and champion of renewable energy innovation. Demonstrated results leading transformational research and development (R&D) projects, creating intellectual property, transferring technology to commercial products, building partnerships, raising funds, and managing budgets. Broad experience with technical, social, economic, environmental, political, and legal issues pertinent to onshore and offshore wind energy, utility-scale and distributed wind and solar energy production, renewable energy integration and storage, grid interconnection, and customer demand. Successful record leading coalitions of government, industry, and community stakeholders to deploy safe, equitable, reliable, and sustainable wind and solar energy projects.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Selected Awards & Professional Memberships
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers | President, Member, 1990 – present
- American Made Challenge | Solar Prize Round 5 Software track/JEDI semifinalist, 2021
- Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Training Program | National Science Foundation (NSF), 2018
- Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, 2003 – 2014
- Carol Cockrell Fellow | The University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2013
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers | International Gas Turbine Institute Scholar
- General Motors Corporation (GM) | GM Scholar
“Sustainable Design for a Better and Just World“
ESDRG Student Team
Felipe Pasquali, Ph.D. – Topic: “Investigation of Design Factors for Complex System Based on Design Life”.
Hailie Suk, Ph.D. – Topic: “Quantitative Modeling to Realize Qualitative Information and Feedback of Social Phenomena in Rural Development”. Hailie has been a National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow since 2019
Kyan Sadeghilari, M.S. – Topic: “Aerodynamic Analysis of Wake Interaction and Load Mitigation for a Wind Turbine with Active Blade Morphing Control”.
James Roetzer, M.S. – Topic: “Experimental Blade Testing to Characterize Aerodynamic Response Due to Changes in Twist Distribution”.
ESDRG team at the Fenner Wind Farm in Cazenovia, NY.
Felipe, John, and Hailie – 2019 ASME IDETC in Anaheim, CA.