Alumni

Elpiniki Apostolaki-Iosifidou – (PhD 2017) As RA, Elpiniki carried out the first extensive measurement campaign of power flow and losses during charging and discharging of EVs, now published in Energy, 2017. In addition to her academic work, while at CReW, Elpiniki received training and certification to ascend and work inside industrial wind turbines, and used that certification in her wind turbine related research on low-voltage ride-through.  She also worked as an intern at Siemens-Gamesa Wind Power, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Twitter, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Dr. Apostolaki-Iosifidou is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Baker – (M.M.P. 2011) focused on estimating the offshore wind power potential in the Atlantic Ocean area adjacent to state areas with PJM Interconnection. In January 2011, Scott began working for PJM as a business solutions analyst in the Applied Solutions Department. Scott now works for PJM as a Senior Business Solutions Analyst & Lead for the PJM Advanced Technology Pilot Program.

Alison Bates – (PhD, 2016) Alison is currently at UMass Amherst, as a Lecturer in Renewable Energy & Sustainability and the Graduate Program Director for the M.S. Sustainability Science program. Alison wrote a three essay dissertation exploring, public perceptions of demonstration scale projects, de-conflicting offshore wind and commercial fishing, and a review of effects of offshore wind on marine mammals. Key Challenges of Offshore Wind Power: Three Essays Addressing Public Acceptance, Stakeholder Conflict, and Wildlife Impacts, 2016.

Joseph Brodie – (PhD, 2016) Joseph received his Ph.D. in Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, where his dissertation focused on evaluating wake effects from different possible wind farm configurations for the Delaware Wind Energy Area. He also conducted research on grid operation impacts from large scale offshore wind, including the impacts of extreme wind variability events. Dr. Brodie now works as the Director of Atmospheric Research for the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, focusing on the ongoing development of offshore wind in NJ.

Michelle Burt – Michelle works as a program analyst for NOAA (through the NOAA contractor, Lynker Technologies).

Christina Christensen (formerly Jarvis) (M.M.P. 2005). Christina was first student to earn a degree focused on offshore wind energy. She evaluated the wildlife impacts of offshore wind power development relative to those from fossil fuel power production. Christina works for the US EPA in its Standards and Health Protection Division, Office of Science and Technology.

Dawn Kurtz Crompton – (M.M.P. 2014). Her master’s analytic paper focused on offshore wind power, the dormant Commerce Clause, and the GATT. Dawn came to UD after having earned a law degree from Widener. While in the master’s program, Dawn also worked as a Law Clerk in the Governor Jack Markell’s office and is now an attorney with McCarter & English.

Amardeep Dhanju – (PhD, 2010). Dr. Dhanju’s dissertation was a series of four essays of on offshore wind power that touched on resource assessment, the role public power authorities could play in offshore wind power development, and a regulatory framework for offshore wind. Amardeep was awarded a Knauss Fellow where he served as the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) coastal marine spatial plan strategic coordinator. He is a Senior Policy Analyst in BOEM Environmental Studies Program and an Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Energy Policy and Climate program.

Kathleen (Kathy) Harris – (matriculated in Masters of Marine Policy in 2013) Kathy is an MMP student advised by Dr. Kempton. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science from UD in May 2013. While an undergraduate, Kathy engaged in a research project on public acceptance of offshore wind with Professor Firestone. Kathy is a Clean Transportation Planner with the Energy and Climate Division of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Christine Hirt (matriculated Fall 2017). Christine received her B.A. from the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, Hunter College where she studied Environmental Studies (concentration in Earth Science), Public Policy, and Religion. She is currently researching public perceptions of process at the first offshore wind project in the United States off Block Island, Rhode Island. Christine received the UD-DEMEC Graduate Fellowship for Wind Energy Research in 2017. After graduation Christine went to work as an offshore wind power specialist with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, commencing a Knauss Fellowship with NOAA in early 2019.

Lauren Knapp – (matriculated into PhD, Marine Policy in 2014) Lauren’s interests focus on estimating the societal value of coastal energy, transportation, and nature-based infrastructure systems to inform policy tradeoffs. Her main passion involves using indirect, economic mechanisms to value environmental changes. Lauren received her PhD. in 2018.  Lauren is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan with the Energy Institute and Institute for Social Research

Andrew Krueger (PhD, 2008). Dr. Krueger’s dissertation focused the visual disamenties associated with offshore wind turbines. After receipt of his PhD. Andy was one of the first BOEM hires in its new Alternative Energy Leasing Program. Andy has been at BOEM since, other than a stint where he pursued a dream to be a police officer, proudly serving in Albany, Georgia. While at BOEM, Andy previously served as the Cape Wind project manager and presently is Acting Chief, Leasing Management and Policy Division. During his BOEM tenure he also undertook a detail at the US Department of Energy, where he worked on oil and gas issues.

Andrew Levitt – (M.M.P. 2013). Andrew received his MMP in January 2013, with an analytical paper on pricing offshore wind power, published in the journal Energy Policy. That paper grew out of the UD-NREL Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). After graduation, Mr. Levitt was project manager for the eV2g collaborative between NRG Energy and University of Delaware. He is presently a Senior Market Strategist for PJM Interconnection.

Jonathan Lilley – (PhD, 2010). Dr. Lilley graduated with a Ph.D. in Marine Studies where his dissertation focused on ocean values and perceptions of offshore wind power and offshore oil and gas drilling. Jon was a Knauss Fellow at NOAA while pursuing his PhD. Jon was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, investigating public attitudes regarding the use of deep, cold ocean water for air conditioning as an alternative to fossil fuels. Jon then served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany.  Dr. Lilley is presently the Education Lead and a Program Officer in NOAA’s Sea Grant Office.

Meredith Blaydes Lilley – (PhD, 2010). Dr. Blaydes Lilley’s PhD dissertation examined wind power and migratory birds, offshore wind power and coastal tourism, and climate change perceptions. Meredith was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hawai‘i, examining Pacific region climate change impacts and adaptation responses. Meredith next worked analyst at the US Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) and presently is a Renewable Energy Program Specialist with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), where among other responsibilities she is the Project Coordinator for the Vineyard Wind Project.

Regina McCormack – (M.M.P. 2014). Regina’s master’s research focused on the value of water used and consumed and the fish impinged and entrained by thermal power plants on the Delaware River and considered the benefit that would arise if they were replaced with offshore wind power. The European Wind Energy Association acknowledged her work as a best student poster at the 2013 Offshore Wind Conference. Regina is a Government and Regulatory Affairs Associate with position a Marketing Analyst for the energy developer, Invenergy in Chicago.

Lance Noel – (matriculated into PhD, Marine Policy in 2011) Lance has a B.A. in Legal Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on V2G capable electric vehicles, especially fleet vehicles, environmental and wildlife impacts of electricity production and the associated public trust doctrine implications, and modeling of large scale renewable penetration. In 2015, Lance commenced a post-doc in the Center for Energy Technologies, Aarhus University, Denmark under the guidance of Benjamin Sovacool. Since 2018, he has worked as an analyst with Nuvve Corporation, a firm that provides software solutions for vehicle-go-grid technology.

Yang Pan – (PhD, Ocean Engineering, 2014-2018) Yang has a BS in Civil Engineering and Ocean Engineering and an MS in Ocean Engineering, all from Tianjin University (China). Yang came to UD having been an ocean engineer in the China Classification Society, where his duties included surveying of offshore platforms and structural calculations. He worked with Dr. Archer on mesoscale simulations of the flow round turbines in the offshore environment, including during hurricanes, and developed the hybrid wind farm parameterization for the WRF model. He is currently working as an ocean engineer for KBR Inc in Houston (Texas).

Nathaniel Pearre – (PhD, 2013) Nathanial graduated with a PhD in 2013 after successfully defending his dissertation on vehicle driving patterns and what they mean for the time-dependent grid load and grid storage resource that private vehicles could represent. He is now a Research Engineer with the Renewable Energy Storage Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Jacqueline Piero – (M.M.P, 2010). Jacqueline studied the motivations for and effects of citizen participation on the state of Delaware’s 2008 energy policy decision that resulted in the first offshore wind power purchase agreement in the United States. While serving as a research assistant, she also worked on policy aspects of V2G. She now consults for companies in the electric vehicle industry.

Ali Ponte – (M.S. 2016) focused on the utilization of geological and geotechnical parameters to provide constraints on the optimal siting of Mid-Atlantic Bight offshore wind projects.  In her thesis, Ali processed and interpreted high-resolution chirp sub-bottom profiling data to develop a model for the subsurface sediment layers within the Maryland Wind Energy Area.  She is currently employed by Heliolytics in Toronto, Canada as a data analyst and report specialist. Her work involves analyzing thermal imagery of renewable energy systems to provide clients with feedback on how they can maximize their energy assets and performance.

Kateryna (Katya) Samoteskul – (M.S. 2013). Katya master’s thesis evaluated the costs and benefits of shifting the commercial ships farther out to sea in the mid-Atlantic to open near-shore areas to offshore wind energy development. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) awarded Katya Best Student Paper at its 2013 offshore wind conference. An article based on her thesis was published in the Journal of Environmental Management. She now works as a Renewable Development Associate for the energy developer, Invenergy in Chicago.

DeAnna Sewell – (M.S. 2012). Deanna, who studied in UD’s Physical Ocean Science and Engineering program, graduated with a Master’s of Science in Marine Studies. Deanna is now pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also a research participant with the NREL National Wind Technology Center in the offshore wind and waterpower group.

Blaise Sheridan – (M.M.P. 2013). Blaise’s thesis investigated the comparative private and social costs of alternative means of electricity generation. His first employment, which began while he was writing his thesis, was as a policy associate with the Energy & Climate Program at the Environmental & Energy Study Institute in Washington, DC. Blaise worked as a Legislative Aid and Legislative Assistant for four and a half years and now is on the Professional Staff on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Niki Suto deLeon – (matriculated M.M.P., 2012) earned a B.S. in Energy & Environmental Policy – Science & Technology from the University of Delaware in 2011. At UD, Niki was founder and chair of the Newark Bike Project and an energy auditor in addition to her work as a research assistant on the eV2g project. She is now working for Tesla Motors with the Supercharging team, working on charging for the Semi all-electric tractor-trailer

Heather Thompson (matriculated in 2010) has an M.S. in Oceanography and an MPSA in Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University. Heather is Ph.D. candidate and is studying the comparative economic and environmental impacts and amenity/disamenity values associated with the UD wind turbine and with a coal-fired power plant. Heather works for the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC).

Jenna Toussaint – (PhD, 2016) Dr. Toussaint’s dissertation focused on the potential impact of offshore wind projects on beach use, including changes in beach visits and economic welfare effects, for parts of the East Coast.  She presently works as a Quantitative Finance Analyst for the Bank of America.

Bruce Williams – (M.M.P. 2013) came to UD after a seventeen-year career with the LA District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Bruce’s master’s research focused on new applications of remote sensing technology for offshore wind power. Bruce worked as a faculty researcher in Atmospheric Physics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), helping to support development of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Area. He presently works as a Wind Energy Consultant, including providing services to Deepwater Wind (now owned by Orsted).

Shengbai Xie – (PhD, Ocean Engineering, 2012-2015) Shengbai finished his PhD in Ocean Engineering in 2016. He worked with Dr. Archer on CFD of flow around and between wind turbines and developed the Wind Turbine and Turbulence Simulator (WiTTS). He is working at Convergent Science, Inc. as a Senior Research Engineer.

Chi Yan – (PhD, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, 2014-2018) Chi came to UD with an M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan after having earned a Bachelor’s degree from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China. He worked with Dr. Archer on compressible flow simulations and neural networks applications for wind energy. He is currently working as a big data analyst in Mountain View (California).

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