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Robert Thresher

Research Fellow | 303-384-6922

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