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Jennifer van Rij

Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering

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Jennifer's expertise is in developing computational modeling methods for multiscale, multiphysics energy conversion systems. As a member of the Water Power Team, she is collaboratively developing numerical modeling methods to simulate the hydrodynamic, structural dynamic, power performance, system reliability, and economics of wave and tidal energy conversion devices. Prior to working at NREL, Jennifer worked for four years as a Research Scientist at the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway, where she developed computational fluid dynamics algorithms to investigate land-based and offshore wind turbine blade aerodynamics, wake development, and integrated aero-hydro-servo-elastic interactions. Her other diverse work experiences include developing numerical modeling methods for microscale thermo-fluid-structure-interactions as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, computationally simulating accidental fires and explosions as a doctoral student, and developing performance prediction models for steam turbines as an engineer at GE Energy.


Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah