WindSTAR Industry/University Cooperative Research Center


University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Christopher Niezrecki (Center Director)Structural dynamics, non-destructive inspection, structural health monitoring, acoustics, smart structures and materials, active vibration control, blade testing 
  • Peter Avitabile (co-PI)Structural dynamic modeling using analytical and experimental methods, experimental modal analysis testing, test/analysis correlation and updating of models, finite element modeling
  • Julie ChenComposites and composites manufacturing, fibers and textile structures, experimental characterization of structural behavior
  • James Sherwood (co-PI)Finite element modeling, modeling of composite manufacturing processes, linking of the manufacturing process to the structural performance, high-speed impact
  • Chris Hansen (co-PI) – Composites manufacturing and experimental characterization of composites 
  • David Willis (co-PI)Computational aerodynamics, multi-fidelity unsteady potential flow methods, fluid-structure interaction 
  • Ziyad SalamehEnergy storage, energy conversion, battery evaluation, building integrated wind energy conversion systems
  • David Turcotte – Firm and industry level educational and skills needs assessment and resource identification, labor market trend analysis, and supply chain opportunity assessment, workforce development
  • Tzu-Yang YuDistant radar inspection, synthetic aperture radar imaging, electromagnetic wave-medium interaction, dielectric measurement and modeling of multiphase media, lectrodynamic simulation, wavelet analysis
  • Eugene NiemiAerodynamics of wind turbines, blade motion, response to gusts and tower support flow disturbances; wave effects on offshore wind turbine towers
  • Emmanuelle Reynaud – Experimental study and analytical modeling of materials structure-properties relations, mechanical, dynamic mechanical / rheological and thermomechanical materials analysis, indentation and nanoindentation testing, polymer composites and nanocomposites, inorganic glasses and hard coatings
  • Daniel SchmidtMaterials chemistry, processing, analysis and structure-processing-properties relations, with specializations in thermosets, nanocomposites and nanoparticles, polymer-derived ceramics, thermal, barrier and fire properties measurements, and sustainable materials.
  • Thomas Regan – Radiographic non-destructive analysis of composite materials, neutron radiographic imaging

University of Texas Dallas
  • Mario Rotea (Site Director) – Control systems analysis and design, structural control of wind turbines, control of wind storage systems, wind farm control
  • Farokh B. Bastani (co-PI) – Multi-tiered decentralized control systems, optimal real-time embedded control systems, Proactive dependability assurance, automated multi-core control software synthesis
  • Babak Fahimi (co-PI) – Grid interface compatibility of wind generators, innovative electric machine technology for wind energy harvesting, stability enhancement and fault tolerant operation of wind generators
  • Yaoyu Li (co-PI) – Wind turbine control for energy capture and load reduction, controls and fault diagnosis for mechanical and electromechanical systems, dynamic modeling and controls of thermofluid, especially HVAC systems

Iowa State University
  • Matthew Frank (Co-PI) – Rapid manufacturing and prototyping, automated process planning, wind blade manufacturing, automated fabric layup
  • Dionysus Aliprantis – Electromechanical energy conversion, power electronics, automation control, integration of renewable energy sources into the electric power system, electrification of transportation
  • Lisa Brasche – Nondestructive evaluation, reliability studies and inspection development for power generation and aviation
  • William Gallus – Forecasting small scale weather phenomena, numerical weather prediction, including at wind turbine heights
  • John Jackman – Uncertainty in design, manufacturing and operations, estimating form, location and geometries of wind turbine blades using probability distribution fitting
  • Michael Kessler – Mechanics, processing and characterization of polymer matrix composites, multifunctional materials, self-healing composites, composites for wind turbine blades, bio-renewable polymers
  • James McCalley – Electric power systems engineering, transmission planning, power system security, power system dynamics, wind energy, investment planning for energy systems
  • William Q Meeker – Reliability data analysis, reliability test planning, accelerated testing, nondestructive evaluation, and statistical computing
  • Frank Peters (co-PI) – Manufacturing system improvements, quality and deliverability, reducing cost and improving reliability of wind turbine systems, process monitoring, reduction of measurement errors
  • Ganesh Rajagopalan – Computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, rotor body interference, wind turbines and wind energy conversion systems
  • Partha Sarkar – Analytical and experimental techniques for aerodynamics of wind energy, wind tunnel testing, aeroelasticity and aerodynamics of flexible structures, tornado, microburst and gust front effects on wind loading
  • Sri Sritharan (co-PI)– Structural dynamics, earthquake resistant designs, tall concrete wind tower designs and modular construction
  • Eugene S. Takle (co-PI) – Field studies of meteorological conditions in wind farms, including fluxes of heat, momentum, moisture and CO2, wind farm simulation model validation and short term forecasting