Jason Jonkman

Jason Jonkman

Researcher VI-Mechanical Engineering

Orcid ID https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2990-7362

Jason joined NREL in 2000 and leads the wind turbine and wind farm physics-based engineering model development activities. He leads the development of the OpenFAST and FAST.Farm physics-based engineering tools for designing and analyzing land-based and offshore fixed and floating wind turbines and wind farms. He also guides projects aimed at verifying, validating, and applying engineering tools to wind turbine design and analysis. Jason supports multiple IEA Wind research Tasks on developing, verifying, and validating engineering models for rotors, offshore wind turbines, and wind farms. He also is a U.S. representative on the International Electrotechnical Commission working group to develop an international technical specification for the design of floating offshore wind turbines.

Research Interests

Rotor aero-elastics and land-based wind turbine loads analysis (OpenFAST)

Wind farm aerodynamics and loads analysis (FAST.Farm)

Floating wind turbine and wind farm dynamics and loads analysis (OpenFAST/FAST.Farm)


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, Dordt College

Professional Experience

Senior Engineer–Wind Turbine and Wind Farm Physics-Based Engineering Modeling, NREL (2001–Present)

Tool Design Engineer, The Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (19971999)

Associations and Memberships

Professional Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Featured Work

Jason has published over 200 journal articles, conference papers, and other reports. 

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Awards and Honors

NREL's Key Contributor Award from the Technology Transfer Office (2020)

NREL's Outstanding Performance Staff Award (2013)

EWEA's Excellent Young Wind Doctor Award (2008)