Dr. Thresher has worked at NREL (then SERI) since 1984. He has more than 40 years
of research and management experience. As a principal researcher, he worked with DOE
to conceive and create the National Wind Technology Center, and then served as its
first Director. In 2008, Bob was appointed to the position of NREL Research Fellow.
He serves as a strategist and spokesperson for the national research programs to develop
offshore renewables, such as wind, wave, tidal, and ocean current. Bob has received
numerous awards for his achievements, including NREL's H.M. Hubbard Award, a Lifetime
Achievement Award from AWEA, the Pioneer Award from the World Renewably Energy Network,
and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Glasgow.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University; M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering, Michigan Technological University