Listed below are faculty members from Oregon State University whose expertise complements the NNMREC mission. In many cases they and their students have research, development, and/or testing projects supporting marine energy technology. Affiliated faculty from the University of Washington can be found on the NNMREC-UW website. For information on affiliated faculty from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, please contact us.

  Name Position & Department Area of Research within NNMREC
     

Roberto Albertani

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Applications of fiber-reinforced plastic composite technologies for marine applications like wind turbine blades, US Navy mine hunters, US special forces RIBs, mega-yachts, world-class sailboats and tether cables for wave energy converters.
     

Belinda Batten

NNMREC Director

Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Computational methods for controlling and optimizing distributed parameter systems, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and dynamics and control of autonomous vehicles and wave energy devices. 

     

Bret Bosma

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Design, numerical modeling, control and scaled physical testing of ocean wave energy converters; facilitating open-source sharing of data related to marine renewable energy.
     

Hilary Boudet

Assistant Professor
Sociology Program
School of Public Policy

Sociology of environmental and natural resources, social movements, and public participation in energy and environmental decision-making.
     

Ted Brekken

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Control and modeling of renewable energy systems for maximizing power production and reducing system stress; predictive control models, wave power grid integration effects, and power take off modeling and development for wave energy conversion systems.
     

Shane Brown

Associate Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering

Clinical identification of misconceptions, using conceptual change theory for addressing misconceptions, situated cognition and differences between engineers and practitioners, and adoption of teaching innovations by engineering faculty.
     

Flaxen Conway

Professor
Sociology Program
School of Public Policy

Human dimensions (cultural, economic, social, legal, political, historical, and educational) of marine renewable energy development and implementation.
     

Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez

Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Vulnerability of electrical infrastructure, in particular, cascading outage analysis and mitigation. Real-time power system protection, cybersecurity.

Member of the Energy Systems research group housed at the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF). 

     

Bryony DuPont

Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Wave energy conversion system array optimization, hybrid energy systems, and development and application of computational design tools for renewable energy systems and sustainable product design.
     

Chinweike Eseonu

Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Technology diffusion and community engagement; manufacturing, project team, and new product design and development process improvement.
     

Matt Evans

Associate Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering

Granular mechanics, image analysis, numerical methods, and unsaturated soil mechanics, with applications to renewable energy, multiphysics problems, waste isolation, and sustainable infrastructure.
     

Karl Haapala

Associate Professor
School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Sustainable design and manufacturing, environmental life cycle assessment, and manufacturing energy use.

     

Merrick Haller

Associate Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
Nearshore effects of wave energy converter (WEC) arrays, short-term wave-by-wave forecasting through data assimilation for WEC control applications, wave mechanics, and remote sensing of wave transformation processes.
     

Joseph Haxel

Assistant Professor, Senior Research
CIMRS/ Hatfield Marine Science Center
Acoustic measurements and analysis of natural and anthropogenic sounds in coastal environments.
     

Sarah Henkel

NNMREC Environmental Research Director

Assistant Professor, Senior Research
Hatfield Marine Science Center

Effects of marine energy devices on benthic and migrating species at the molecular, organism, and population level as well as on community structure and ecosystem functioning. 

     

Geoffrey Hollinger

Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Planning, decision making, and learning for autonomous underwater robotic systems for the inspection of marine renewable energy systems and monitoring of oceanographic phenomena.
     

Kaety Jacobson

Extension Marine Fisheries Educator
OSU Extension Service

Outreach and engagement with ocean users and stakeholders; design of siting processes, educational materials, and exhibits.
     

Amol Joshi

Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship
College of Business

Technology commercialization, innovation management, and economic development.
     

Pedro Lomónaco

Director
O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Physical and numerical modeling of wave generation and propagation, wave-structure interaction, stability of coastal and submarine structures, behavior of floating structures, hydrodynamics, and non-linear behavior of long-waves in shallow waters.
     

Kyle Niemeyer

Assistant Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Computational modeling of fluid-structure interaction for wave energy converter analysis and design.
     

Tuba Ozkan-Haller

Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
Numerical, field and analytical investigations of water motions in the nearshore zone, defined by water depth at the order of 10 m or less.
     

Bob Paasch

Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Design of marine renewable energy systems, reliability and maintainability of mechanical systems, and applications of artificial intelligence for ecological systems monitoring.
     

Adam Schultz

Professor
Geology and Geophysics

Geophysical imaging methods to study the structure, fluid distribution, composition, temperature, and state of the Earth's interior from the near-surface scale to the deep mantle.

     

Robert Suryan

Associate Professor - Senior Research, HMSC Adjunct Faculty, Marine Resource Management, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Active analysis of how changes in the marine environment affect the foraging ecology, distribution, and population dynamics of mid to upper trophic-level consumers, especially seabirds.
     

Fred Tilton


Assistant Professor, Sr. Research
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Environmental risk/effect assessment and aquatic toxicology; impairment of sensory biology in aquatic organisms from activities generating noise, vibrations, and EMF.

     

Irem Tumer

Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Systems engineering, model-based system design, mathematical framework development, and reliability based design.
     

Annette von Jouanne

 

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Testing solutions for wave energy converters within the PMEC testing facilities, including the WESRF wave energy linear test bed, and grid emulator research for ocean testing of full-scale wave energy converters to allow developers to ocean-test their devices on a simulated electrical grid.

Co-Director of the Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility (WESRF).

     

Solomon Yim

Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
Numerical and experimental simulation of wave energy device dynamics in the marine environment, large-scale wave basin modeling, testing, and wave environment characterization and simulation.
     

Alexandre Yokochi

 

Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering

Long-term prevention of biofouling on surfaces, the aging behavior of materials in the ocean environment, and energy storage and conversion solutions to integrate within device power take-off systems and to export energy onshore.