As a member of NREL's Ocean Energy team, Michael Lawson focuses on the areas of wave and water current energy research and development. He is currently the principal investigator of the WEC-Sim project, which has the goal of developing an open source design and analysis tool for wave energy conversion (WEC) devices. Michael is the co-principal investigator of a laboratory directed research and development project to study advanced control methods for variable geometry WEC devices. Michael contributes to several other projects focused on the design, analysis, and economic evaluation of WEC and water current energy devices.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech