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WindSTAR brings the innovative research capabilities of leading universities to develop high-impact solutions to key industry challenges. WindSTAR’s goal is decrease cost and increase reliability at all stages of wind power plant development: component fabrication, array design, operations and maintenance.


Composites / Materials

  • Alireza Amirkhizi (UMass Lowell) – Mechanics and physics of materials, composites, and structures under extreme conditions, including high strain-rate, high pressure, and low and high temperatures
  • Julie Chen (UMass Lowell) – Composites and composites manufacturing, fibers and textile structures, experimental characterization of structural behavior
  • Christopher Hansen (UMass Lowell) – Composites manufacturing and experimental characterization of composites
  • Marianna Maiaru (UMass Lowell) – Micromechanical/multiscale modeling, failure analysis of fiber-reinforced composites, modeling cure kinetics
  • Emmanuelle Reynaud (UMass Lowell) – 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 Schmidt (UMass Lowell) – Materials 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.
  • Scott Stapleton (UMass Lowell) – Solid mechanics, composite materials, textiles, multi-scale modeling, finite element modeling, adhesively bonded joints, sandwich structures
  • James Sherwood (UMass Lowell) – Finite element modeling, modeling of composite manufacturing processes, linking of the manufacturing process to the structural performance, high-speed impact

Control Systems and Optimization

  • Alain Bensoussan (UT Dallas) (FIEEE, FSIAM, French Academy of Science) - Risk and decision analysis in wind energy systems, stochastic control
  • Yaoyu Li (UT Dallas) - Wind turbine control for energy capture and load reduction, controls and fault diagnosis for mechanical and electromechanical systems, dynamic modeling and controls of thermo-fluid systems 
  • Mario Rotea (UT Dallas) (WindSTAR Site Director)(FIEEE) - Control systems analysis and design, structural control of wind turbines, control of wind storage systems, wind farm control
  • Tyler Summers (UT Dallas) - Control and optimization, power and energy networks, distributed robotics
  • Jie Zhang (UT Dallas) - Joined UT Dallas Fall 2015 from NREL Transmission and Grid Integration group. Forecasting, analytics and grid integration

Fluid Mechanics

  • William Anderson (UT Dallas) - Computational fluid dynamics, turbulent flows, environmental fluid dynamics, high-performance computing, boundary layer meteorology
  • Kyle Jones (UT Dallas) - Wind Tunnel Engineer
  • Stefano Leonardi (UT Dallas) - Computational fluid mechanics, wind energy, super hydrophobic surfaces, oceanography
  • Giacomo Valerio Lungo (UT Dallas) - Wind LiDAR remote sensing, wind tunnel testing, wind turbine wake modeling and control, wind farm optimization
  • Eugene Niemi (UMass Lowell) – Aerodynamics of wind turbines, blade motion, response to gusts and tower support flow disturbances; wave effects on offshore wind turbine towers
  • David Willis (UMass Lowell) – Computational aerodynamics, multi-fidelity unsteady potential flow methods, fluid-structure interaction

Software Engineering

  • Farokh B. Bastani (UT Dallas) (Co-director of Net-Centric Software & Systems I/UCRC) - Multi-tiered decentralized control systems, optimal real-time embedded control systems, proactive dependability assurance, automated multi-core control software synthesis

Structural Health Monitoring / Vibrations

  • Peter Avitabile (UMass Lowell) – Structural dynamic modeling using analytical and experimental methods, experimental modal analysis testing, test/analysis correlation and updating of models, finite element modeling
  • Robert Giles (UMass Lowell) – Radar signatures of field structures/vehicles and sub-millimeter wave inspection
  • Murat Inalpolat (UMass Lowell) – Condition monitoring of gear trains and bearings, signal processing, and acoustics
  • Christopher Niezrecki (UMass Lowell) (WindSTAR Director) – Structural dynamics, non-destructive inspection, structural health monitoring, acoustics, smart structures and materials, active vibration control, blade testing
  • Tzu-Yang Yu (UMass Lowell) – Distant radar inspection, synthetic aperture radar imaging, electromagnetic wave-medium interaction, dielectric measurement and modeling of multiphase media, electrodynamic simulation, wavelet analysis

Additional Expertise

  • Babak Fahimi (UT Dallas) – Grid interface compatibility of wind generators, innovative electric machine technology for wind energy harvesting, stability enhancement and fault tolerant operation of wind generators
  • Hongbing Lu (UT Dallas) – Long-term durability of wind turbines and towers under creep, fatigue and environmental conditions. Accelerated life testing under multiaxial stress states. Non-contact full-filed geometry and deformation measurements using digital image correlation
  • Dong Qian (UT Dallas) – Stress and fatigue analysis of wind energy systems. Modeling of nondestructive evaluation of flaws and micro-cracks. Nonlinear constitutive modeling of composites
  • Samuel Paikowsky (UMass Lowell) – static and dynamic testing and analysis of deep structural foundations
  • Siavash Pakdelian (UMass Lowell) – Magnetic gears and gear-integrated machines, Analysis and design of electric machines, Advanced motion control, Marine and hydrokinetic energy systems, Biomechanical energy harvesting
  • David Turcotte (UMass Lowell) – Firm and industry level educational and skills needs assessment and resource identification, labor market trend analysis, and supply chain opportunity assessment, workforce development
  • Xingwei Wang (UMass Lowell) - Optical sensors, high temperature sensors, ultrafast pressure sensors, optical ultrasound imaging transducers