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