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Daniel  Laird

Center Director I-Technical

Dr. Daniel Laird is director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Laird also serves as an executive committee member of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Atmosphere to Electrons Wind Plant Optimization Initiative and provides leadership in the focus areas of high-fidelity modeling, wind power plant controls, and rotor dynamics. Prior to joining NREL in 2015, he spent 19 years at Sandia National Laboratories leading wind energy and water power research efforts in structural analysis and simulation, computational design tools, advanced manufacturing, composite materials, and blade reliability. | 303-384-7100

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Brian  Smith

Acting Laboratory Program Manager II-Multi Discipline

Brian Smith is the partnership manager for the NWTC and focuses on portfolio diversification, capability enhancement, and strategy. Smith joined NREL in 1988, first as a test engineer for advanced airfoil blades and then as the project leader for advanced wind technology development and field verification partnerships with industry. He managed the DOE Turbine Research and DOE-Electric Power Research Institute Turbine Verification Program activities at NREL in the 1990s that helped reinvigorate the development and deployment of wind technology and power plants in the United States. Smith served as the manager of NREL's Laboratory Wind and Water Power Program from 2002 to 2014 and acting NWTC director from 2014 to 2015. He is the U.S. alternate member and vice chair of the executive committee for the International Energy Agency's Technology Collaboration Program for Wind Energy Systems Research, Development, and Demonstration. | 303-384-6911

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Paul  Veers

Chief Engineer

Paul Veers is the chief engineer at the NWTC and also represents NREL on DOE's Atmosphere to Electrons Executive Management Committee. He has worked in the area of wind energy technology since 1980, conducting research on wind energy systems—including atmospheric turbulence simulation, fatigue analysis, reliability, structural dynamics, aeroelastic tailoring of blades, and the evaluation of design requirements. Prior to his role at NREL, he was a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Veers has authored more than 70 articles, papers, book chapters, and reports, and for 12 years he was the chief editor for Wind Energy, an international journal for progress and applications in wind power. | 303-384-7197

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David  Corbus

Project Leader/Program Manager VI-Technical

Dave Corbus is the manager of the Wind Laboratory Program at NREL. Corbus manages NREL's relationship with the deputy assistant secretaries and program managers at DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), including managers for Power Systems Engineering, National Electricity Delivery, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, and the Advanced Grid Integration divisions within OE. Corbus worked as an engineer at the NWTC from 1994 to 2010 researching small turbine testing, domestic and international small wind turbine fieldwork, aeroelastic wind turbine simulations, analysis of coherent turbulent structures, and model validations from field-test measurements. He later transitioned into research focused on operational impacts of high penetrations of wind on the electric grid, studying costs for generation, transmission, and wind integration. Corbus' work has led him to interact very closely with regional grid operators and the wind and electric utility industries, and he has successfully developed strategic partnerships with a range of third parties. | 303-384-6966

Name Position Email Phone
Anstedt, Sheri Professional III-Writer/Editor/Web Content 303-275-3255
Baker, Donald Research Technician V-Multi Discipline 303-384-7162
Baranowski, Ruth Contingent Worker 303-384-6973
Baring-Gould, Edward Project Leader/Program Manager V-Technical 303-384-7021
Beach, Ryan Contingent Worker 303-384-6949
Byrne, Tiffany Business Support II-Administrative Associate 303-275-4907
Cardinal, Arielle Project Leader II-Technical 303-384-6925
Carlin, Palmer Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-6945
Christol, Corrie Project Leader I-General 303-384-7110
Churchfield, Matthew Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7080
Cisneros, Beverly Business Support II-Administrative Associate 303-384-6979
Clifton, Andy Manager III-Technical 303-275-3760 or 303-384-7141 303-275-3760 or 303-384-7141
Corbus, David Project Leader/Program Manager VI-Technical 303-384-6966
Cotrell, Jason Project Leader/Program Manager V-Technical Manager 303-384-7056
Damiani, Rick Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-7115
Dana, Scott Engineer III-Multi Discipline 303-384-7036
DeGeorge, Elise Project Leader IV-Technical 303-384-7136
Domenico, Kim Business Support II-Administrative Associate 303-384-6951
Draxl, Caroline Scientist III-Multi Discipline 303-384-7020
Driscoll, Rick Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-7153
Dykes, Katherine Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7260
Fairchild, Sara Research Technician II-Multi Discipline 303-384-7114
Fields, Jason Engineer III-Multi Discipline 303-384-7150
Fingersh, Lee Jay Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-6929
Fleming, Paul Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-6918
Gevorgian, Vahan Engineer VI-Multi Discipline 303-384-6940
Green, Jim Project Leader/Program Manager V-Technical 303-384-6913
Guo, Yi Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7187
Hand, Maureen Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-6933
Hayman, Gregory Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7024
Huskey, Arlinda Engineer V-Manager 303-384-6987
Jacobson, Mark Project Leader IV-Technical 303-384-6902
Jager, David Engineer III-Multi Discipline 303-384-6954
Jenks, Michael Research Technician V-Multi Discipline 303-384-6994
Jenne, Dale Engineer III-Multi Discipline 303-384-7248
Jimenez, Tony Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7027
Johansson, Timothy Facilities Tech IV-Specialty Trade 303-384-6970
Johnson, Kathryn Contingent Worker 303-384-7013
Jonkman, Jason Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-7026
Keller, Jon Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-7011
Kilcher, Levi Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7192
Laird, Daniel Center Director I-Technical 303-384-7100
Lantz, Eric Project Leader IV-Manager 303-384-7418
Laurie, Carol Project Leader III-General 303-275-3655 or 303-384-6964 303-275-3655 or 303-384-6964
Lawson, Michael Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7196
Lemke, Alex Project Leader IV-General 303-384-7018
Lundquist, Julie Contingent Worker
McDade, Mark Project Leader/Program Manager V-Technical 303-384-6961
Moriarty, Patrick Engineer VI-Manager 303-384-7081
Muljadi, Eduard Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-6904
Musial, Walter Engineer VI-Multi Discipline 303-384-6956
Neiman, Shelley Business Support III-Administrative Associate 303-384-6921
Nelson, Eric Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7155
Nixon, Steve Professional IV-Building Project Leader 303-384-7374
Oteri, Frank Contingent Worker 303-384-6952
Preus, Robert Project Leader/Program Manager V-Technical 303-384-7284
Quon, Eliot Postdoctoral Researcher II-Computational Sciences 303-384-7172
Ringwall, Jim Professional IV-EHS 303-384-7256
Robertson, Amy Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-7157
Robichaud, Robert Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-6969
Rooney, Samantha Project Leader I-General 303-384-6924
Scholbrock, Andy Engineer III-Multi Discipline 303-384-7181
Scholbrock, Dana Business Support III-Administrative Associate 303-384-7023
Schreck, Scott Engineer VI-Multi Discipline 303-384-7102
Scott, George Scientist IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-6903
Sethuraman, Latha Postdoctoral Researcher II-Computational Sciences 303-384-7481
Sheng, Shawn Engineer IV-Multi Discipline 303-384-7106
Simms, David Center Director-Lab Facilities 303-384-6942
Sinclair, Karin Project Leader/Program Manager V-Technical 303-384-6946
Sirnivas, Senu Engineer VI-Multi Discipline 303-384-7250
Smith, Brian Laboratory Program Manager II-Multi Discipline 303-384-6911
Snowberg, David Engineer V-Multi Discipline 303-384-6920
Sprague, Michael Scientist V-Multi Discipline 303-275-4367
St. Martin, Briesa Project Leader I-General 303-384-6972
Stehly, Tyler Engineer II-Multi Discipline 303-384-7190
Straw, Bethany (Administrative assistant) Business Support 303-275-4557
Szydlek, Cynthia Specialist V-Business/Project Support 303-384-7053
Tegen, Suzanne Manager II-Technical 303-384-6939
Veers, Paul Engineer VI-Multi Discipline 303-384-7197
Wendt, Fabian Engineer II-Multi Discipline 303-384-6941
Wilde, Scott Manager I-Technical 303-384-7074
Wright, Alan Engineer VI-Multi Discipline 303-384-6928
Yaker, Kelly Professional II-Web Design 303-275-4692 or 303-384-6989 303-275-4692 or 303-384-6989
Young, Don Professional IV-EHS 303-384-7144
van Rij, Jennifer Engineer III-Multi Discipline 303-384-7180