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Robert Thresher has more than 45 years of research, development, engineering, and management experience in wind energy technologies, ocean energy, plant engineering, and aerospace systems. As a professor at Oregon State University he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop early wind technologies. He has been a strategist and spokesperson for the initiation of a national research program to develop offshore wind, wave, tidal and current energy technology.  At NREL, he has been a principal researcher developing early wind technology and an architect of the wind program at NREL and creation of the National Wind Technology Center. Thresher provides unparalleled expertise in research, development and commercialization of wind and ocean energy technologies.

Professional Experience

Research Fellow, NREL (2008–2020)

Director of the National Wind Technology Center, NREL (1994–2008)

Director of the Utility Systems Division, NREL (1993–1994)

Wind Program Manager, NREL (1989–1994)

Principal Scientist, NREL (1984–1989)

Full Professor, Oregon State University (1970–1984)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


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