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Annika Eberle

Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering


Annika Eberle is a member of the Resources and Sustainability Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. She uses tools from system dynamics, techno-economic analysis, and life-cycle assessment to model energy systems and assess the costs and impacts of different energy technologies. As part of her graduate work, she collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to develop computational models of biological systems and understand the mechanical design principles used by plant tendrils and insect wings. Outside of work, Annika enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and trail running.

Research Interests

System dynamics
Sustainability analysis
Techno-economic analysis
Life cycle assessment
Fluid-structure interaction
Bio-inspired materials and design


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2015
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2012
B.S., Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, 2009

Prior Work Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL, Golden, Colorado (2016–2017)
Graduate Intern, NREL, Golden, Colorado (2015–2016)
Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2013–2015)
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2010–2013)
Research Assistant, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California (2007–2009)

Featured Publications

Mohren, T. L., Daniel, T. L., Eberle, A. L., Reinhall, P. G., & Fox, J. L. (2019). Coriolis and centrifugal forces drive haltere deformations and influence spike timing.  Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 16(153), 20190035.

Anderson, D., Kintner-Meyer, M., Eberle, A., Philips, J., Edmunds, T., Porro, G., et. al. (2017). Grid Modernization: Metrics Analysis (GMLC1.1) Reference Document Version 2.1. PNNL-26541. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

Eberle, A., Bhatt, A., Zhang, Y., & Heath, G. (2017). Potential air pollutant emissions and permitting classifications for two biorefinery process designs in the United States. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(11), 5879-5888.

Eberle, A., Heath, G., Nicholson, S., & Carpenter, A. (2017). Systematic Review of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Geothermal Electricity.  NREL/TP-6A20-68474. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO.

U.S. Department of Energy. (2017). 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1. R.A. Efroymson, M.H. Langholtz, K.E. Johnson, and B.J. Stokes (Leads), ORNL/TM-2016/727. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. 642p. doi: 10.2172/1338837.

Eberle, A. L., Dickerson, B. H., Reinhall, P. G., & Daniel, T. L. (2015). A new twist on gyroscopic sensing: body rotations lead to torsion in flapping, flexing insect wings.  Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12(104), 20141088.

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