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Jennifer King

Group Research Manager II-Mechanical Engineering

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Jennifer King (Annoni) is a research engineer at NREL working at the National Wind Technology Center primarily on wind farm controls and optimization, autonomous energy systems, optimal design and dispatch of hybrid energy systems. She is passionate about finding new ways to better integrate and operate renewable energy into the grid of the future. She obtained her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and mechanics from the University of Minnesota where she developed her passion for renewable energy and controls, where her primary focus was on reduced-order modeling and control of wind farms. Her current research focus areas are in modeling and distributed control/optimization of large-scale hybrid systems.

Research Interests

Wind farm control/optimization

Hybrid energy systems

Autonomous energy systems


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

M.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of St. Thomas

B.A., Physics, University of St. Thomas

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, National Wind Technology Center (2017–Present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Wind Technology Center (2016–2017)

Consultant, WindESCo (2015–2015)


Consensus and Distributed Control for Energy Systems, U.S. Patent No. Pending (2019)

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Member of Research Staff, NREL (2021)

Honors in Technology and Innovation, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (2018)