Wind Energy Center Faculty

Dr. Jim Manwell
Dr. James Manwell
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Founding Director, Wind Energy Center
Research Interests:
  • Effect of external conditions (wind and waves) on the design of offshore wind turbines
  • Hybrid power (wind/photovoltaics/diesel) system design and analysis
  • Modeling of battery storage systems
  • Offshore Wind Energy System Design and Analysis
  • Remote sensing techniques applied to wind resource assessment
Dr. Matthew Lackner
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Wind Energy Center
  • Director, Wind Energy Fellows
  • Director, ELEVATE
Research Interests:
  • Aerodynamics
  • Floating Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Structural Control
Dr. Erin Baker
Dr. Erin Baker
  • Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Faculty Director, The Energy Transition Institute
Research Interests:
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Publicly-Funded Energy Technology Research and Development Portfolios in the Face of Climate Change
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
Dr. Sanjay R. Arwade
  • Professor, Civil Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Extreme Events (e.g. hurricanes) and their Consequences
  • Interfaces Between Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Offshore Reliability Engineering
  • Offshore Wind Energy Support Structures
Dwayne Breger
Dr. Dwayne Breger
  • Extension Professor, Environmental Conservation
  • Director, UMass Clean Energy Extension
Research Interests:
  • Energy Democracy and Local Energy Choice
  • Renewable Energy Technology, Markets, and Policy
  • Systems Modeling of Energy Storage and Renewables
Dr. Don DeGroot
  • Professor, Civil Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Offshore Wind Energy Anchors
Dr. Jon McGowan
Dr. Jon G. McGowan
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Systems Analysis
  • Thermodynamics
Dr. Yahya Modares-Sadegghi
Dr. Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines
  • Wind Turbine Blade Instabilities
Dr. David Schmidt
Dr. David P. Schmidt
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Offshore Wind Energy
  • Two-Phase Flow
Photo of Krish Thiagarajan
Dr. Krish Thiagarajan Sharman
  • Professor
  • Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy
Research Interests:
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Floating Wind Energy
  • Wave and Tidal Energy
  • Aquaculture
Dr. Zack Westgate
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Marine Geotechnics
  • Cable/Mooring-Seabed Interaction
  • Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations
Dr. Golbon Zakeri
  • Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Research Interests:
  • Economics and optimization of power markets
  • Planning under uncertainty
  • Electricity markets with renewable power penetration
Curtice Griffin
  • Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation
Research Interests:
  • Effects of climate change and offshore wind facilities on wildlife
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Wetland wildlife ecology and management
  • Integrated natural resources management issues
Michael Ash
  • Professor, Economics and Public Policy
  • Chair, Department of Economics
Research Interests:
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Labor
Dr. Paul Phifer
  • Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Onshore and Offshore Wind Permitting