Beneath the Surface

Meet the staff powering NREL's water power research and development.

The research and advances in hydropower and marine energy at NREL is only possible thanks to the hard work of the staff beneath the surface. Check out this running profile series in the lab's water power newsletter, The Current, and water power news that highlights interviews with members of NREL's water power team, in which they share their stories from career path to passion for their work and hopes for the future of renewable energy.


Kerry Strout Grantham in a canoe

How Kerry Strout Grantham Negotiates Sustainable Human Growth (and Some Stinky Hikers)

In the early 2010s, Kerry Stout Grantham trekked along Maine's Appalachian Trail, asking hikers what they thought about wind turbines in the mountains. Now, Grantham, the coastal energy systems lead at NREL, is partnering with coastal, island, and remote communities to help them bring renewable energy to their homes. Read more about Grantham's path from Massachusetts to scuba diving on Saipan in the Pacific Ocean to helping balance human and environmental needs.


Sherry Stout poses for a photo in front of a dam.

From Priceless Art to Disintegrating Coastlines, Sherry Stout Is Building Resiliency One Community at a Time

Sherry Stout is not a typical engineer. As a member of NREL's Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Stout specializes in addressing energy challenges in rural, remote, tribal, and developing communities—and, on occasion, Washington, D.C. That means consulting on the Capitol's archives insulation as well as helping remote villages, like those in coastal Alaska, transition to renewable energy. Read more about her work and the importance of coordinated, diverse stakeholder groups in energy planning.


Ritu Treisa Philip

Ritu Treisa Philip's Life on the Ocean and on Stage

Growing up in Chennai, India, Ritu Treisa Philip saw frequent, long power outages. That's what got her interested in renewable energy. Philip is now a research engineer at NREL where she investigates how to turn waves, currents, and tides into affordable sources of clean electricity. Read more about how Philip ended up researching novel marine energy technologies from recovering energy from residual slag in India, her hobbies in theater and music, and her favorite aspects of NREL.


Collage of three photos modern women and three drawings of historical women.

Power to the Women

In the first of two in a Women's History Month series, this article showcases a handful of NREL's outstanding women researchers in water power. How did they get into science? What barriers did they have to overcome? And what do they do now? Read the answers of Sarah Awara, an energy systems researcher, Hannah Ross, a water power postdoctoral researcher, and Sara Wallen, a water power research technician at NREL's Flatirons Campus.


Collage of three photos modern women and three drawings of historical women.

More Power to the Women

In the second of two in a Women's History Month series, three more women answer a few questions about their career paths and help inspire the next generation. Read more from Jennie Jorgenson, an energy systems modeling engineer, Aryana Nakhai, a water power techno-economic engineer, and Sherry Stout, an integrated design support engineer.