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Wind Energy Center Team — Professional Staff

Dr. Utama Abdulwahid, Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Utama Abdulwahid first joined the lab as a doctoral student, working on drive train dynamic analysis and modelling. He then worked on hybrid power system modelling, providing technical support for Hybrid2 and finishing with a dissertation on communications between hybrid power system components. Additionally, his research interest include wind farm site modelling and visualizations, wind resource measurements and modelling and remote sensing.

Utama received a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim in 1993 and a Masters of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1994. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2004.

Contact Information

Utama Abdulwahid, Ph.D.
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
160 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Office: (413) 577-0672
Fax: (413) 577-1301
uabdulwa@ecs.umass.edu

Anthony Ellis, MS, Senior Research Fellow

Anthony Ellis received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1977. He joined the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory in 1992 and was chiefly responsible for review, repair, and upgrade of all mechanical systems on the 250 kW ESI wind turbine installed on Mount Tom, 20 miles from the Lab (the ESI turbine was purchased by the University of Massachusetts in 1991 from a site in California).

Tony earned an MSME in Wind Turbine Engineering in 1997 and is now employed as a Research Fellow at the Wind Energy Center, responsible for research related to turbine mechanical systems and for installation of meteorological research towers at sites around Massachusetts under several programs, including the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust's Commonwealth Wind program and the federal Dept. of Energy's Wind Powering America program.

Contact Information

Anthony Ellis
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
160 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Office: (413) 545-3916
Fax: (413) 577-1301
ellis@ecs.umass.edu

Dorothy Kent, BA, Administrative Staff

Dorothy Kent provides key adminstrative support to the Wind Energy Center.

Contact Information

Dorothy Kent
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
160 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Office: (413) 545-4278
Fax: (413) 577-1301
kent@ecs.umass.edu

Mary Knipe, BS, Research Fellow  

Mary Knipe is a Research Fellow and staff engineer at the Wind Energy Center. She is involved in various aspects of wind power, including managing a Massachusetts wind energy predevelopment support program, technical support to communities, resource assessment, and assessing feasibility for inland and island sites in Massachusetts.

Before coming to the Wind Energy Center, she worked designing and testing tools for the maintenance and repair of nuclear power facilities.

Mary Knipe has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Contact Information

Mary Knipe
The Wind Energy Center
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
160 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Office: (413) 545-3914
Fax: (413) 577-1301
knipe@ecs.umass.edu

Jody Lally, MA, Grants and Contracts Coordinator  

Jody Lally is responsible for managing all grant projects including budgeting and financial reporting. She is also...

Contact Information

Jody Lally
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
160 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Office: (413) 577-0887
Fax: (413) 577-1301
lally@ecs.umass.edu

 

 

Patrick Quinlan, MS PE, Associate Director

Patrick J.A. Quinlan is Associate Director of the Wind Energy Center. He has been actively involved in wind power and clean technology development since 1982. In the early 1980’s he worked at Southern California
Edison and AeroVironment Inc. on wind turbine test projects and early wind farm development. At AeroVironment, he also managed business development for electric vehicle introductions. As a consultant to Western Area Power Administration, he worked with individual electric cooperatives and municipal utilities on renewable energy projects and planning. Later, in Washington DC, Patrick served as a Congressional Fellow working for the Ranking Member of the House Science Committee, then as the ASME White House Technology Fellow supporting the Presidential Science Advisor at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Patrick also worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Washington office, serving the Federal wind energy, solar energy, geothermal, and hydrogen technology programs. In Massachusetts, at Second Wind Inc., Patrick managed business development of wind farm monitoring and SODAR products.

Contact Information
Patrick Quinlan, Associate Director
The Wind Energy Center
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

Office: (413) 545-0617
Fax: (413) 577-1301
quinlan@ecs.umass.edu

William Stein, MS, Senior Research Fellow

Bill Stein's career in wind power has spanned over 30 years, starting with a student project at Clark University where he designed and built a 12 ft diameter, 3-bladed wind turbine that drove a modified car alternator. After working at Natural Power Inc., a wind instrumentation company and a founding member of the American Wind Energy Association, Bill started his own wind power company, which manufactured 8 and 15 kW residential-sized wind turbines. He worked briefly at MIT's Fusion Energy Laboratory, but returned to wind power through the RERL and earned a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. His master's thesis focused primarily on hybrid power systems and power electronics for variable speed diesel engines. Bill continued his work at the RERL at a staff research engineer for several years, until he left to hone his skills in the design of instrumentation and controls at Yankee Environmental Systems. There he developed numerous instruments with embedded microcontrollers for meteorology and industry. Coming back to the RERL in 2005, Bill returned to his first professional passion of wind power, where his current work is in the support of the wind data logging network and the LIDAR. In his spare time, Bill has developed a novel (patent pending) wind sensor. Read all about it at www.etesian-tech.com.

Contact Information

Bill Stein, MS
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
160 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Office: (413) 577-2139
Fax: (413) 577-1301
wstein@ecs.umass.edu