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Jennifer van Rij

Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering

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Jennifer's expertise is in developing computational modeling methods for multiscale, multiphysics energy conversion systems. Since joining NREL, Jennifer's focus has been on collaboratively developing methods to simulate the hydrodynamic, structural dynamic, power performance, system reliability, and economics of various wave energy conversion devices. Prior to working at NREL, Jennifer worked for four years as a researcher in Norway, where she developed computational fluid dynamics methods to investigate land-based and offshore wind turbine blade aerodynamics, wake development, and integrated aero-hydro-servo-elastic interactions. Other previous research activities include developing numerical modeling methods for microscale thermo-fluid-structure-interactions as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, computationally simulating accidental fires and explosions as a doctoral student, and developing performance prediction models for steam turbines at General Electric.


Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

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