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Nathan Tom

Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering

Nathan.Tom@nrel.gov | 303-384-7159

Nathan works on a laboratory directed research and development project that focuses on the design of wave energy converters with actuated geometry. His past research at NREL focused on the development of WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter Simulator) through a collaborative effort with Sandia National Laboratories. The code developments include state space realizations of the fluid memory function, body-to-body hydrodynamic interactions, nonlinear hydrodynamics/hydrostatics, and Morison elements. Nathan's research at Berkeley focused on the design, construction, control, and testing of a model-scale point absorber. Nathan was recognized for his work as the recipient of the 2013 Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Subrata Chakrabarti Young Professional Award. In addition, during his graduate work, Nathan worked as a part-time engineer on the WindFloat, a semisubmersible offshore floating wind turbine, being developed by Marine Innovation & Technology based in Berkeley, California.

Education

Ph.D. in Mechanical/Ocean Engineering, University of California at Berkeley; M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley