Jason Jonkman

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Personal Profile

Jason Jonkman, Ph.D. is a principal engineer at NREL. He is the lead developer of the OpenFAST and FAST.Farm multiphysics engineering tools for designing and analyzing land-based and offshore fixed and floating wind turbines and wind farms. Jonkman supports several International Energy Agency Wind Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Wind) tasks on wind energy model verification and validation. He is also a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) working group to develop design requirements for floating offshore wind turbines. Jonkman earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

Research Interests

Wind Turbine Aero-Hydro-Servo-Elastics

Wind Farm Wake and Array Effects

Floating Offshore Wind System Dynamics and Design

Model Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification

Wind Turbine and Wind Farm Loads Analysis and Design

Professional Experience

Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2001–Present)

Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University (1999–2001)

Tool Design Engineer, The Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (1997–1999)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, Dordt College

PhD, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder


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