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Heidi Tinnesand

Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering

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Heidi Tinnesand specializes in wind resource assessment, advancing distributed wind, and wind energy workforce development. Prior to joining NREL, Heidi worked for Vestas Americas and DNV GL. Her work included site suitability analysis using complex loads and terrain analysis for prospective wind farm projects, design and installation of data acquisition systems, and power performance testing of utility wind turbines.

Research Interests

Wind resource assessment

Wind workforce development


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Portland State University

Professional Experience

Researcher, NREL (2015–Present)

Test Engineer, DNV-GL (2010–2012)

Wind and Site Engineer, Vestas (2006–2009)

Associations and Memberships

Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society

Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy