Leadership Team

Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of the water research team and staff at NREL.

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Albert LiVecchi

Laboratory Program Manager - Water Power

Al LiVecchi helped establish NREL's Water Power Program and built the technical team that focuses on marine and hydrokinetic technologies. He is responsible for planning and executing NREL's portfolio of U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored marine and hydrokinetic and hydropower projects along with having primary responsibility for establishing productive partnerships with external organizations.


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Elise DeGeorge

Group Manager III - Mechanical Engineering

Elise is a manager for the Water Power Group at NREL's Flatirons Campus, which includes both marine energy and hydropower. She also serves as a project leader on wind and water power workforce development projects, wind wildlife projects, as well as hydropower projects.


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Robert Thresher

Research Fellow

Bob Thresher has more than 40 years of research, development, engineering, and management experience in wind technology, plant engineering, and aerospace systems.


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Jochem Weber

Chief Engineer

Jochem Weber is the chief engineer of NREL's Water Power Program, where he pursues a holistic deductive system approach to problem solving in research, science, engineering, technology, innovation, and management. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering (design) and physical engineering (fluid and system dynamics), and a Ph.D. in modeling and optimization of wave energy converters.


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