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Alan Wright

Researcher VI-Control Engineering

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Alan joined NREL (then SERI) in October 1984. His expertise is in wind turbine controls and dynamics. At NREL, Alan is the technical lead and project leader for the Advanced Controls Task. Under Alan's direction, NREL has become a world leader in the development and testing of advanced controls for wind turbine load mitigation and enhanced energy capture and performed the world's first field tests of advanced lidar-based feedforward controls at the NWTC. Prior to joining NREL, Alan was a research engineer for Rockwell International for five years, developing wind turbine structural dynamic simulation and modeling tools to improve wind turbine loads predictions, thereby improving wind turbine designs and increasing fatigue lifetime.


Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University; B.S. in Mathematics, Oregon State University