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Jonathan (Jon) Berg
Mechanical Engineer 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Jon Berg is an engineer in the Wind Energy Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories where he supports design tool development and the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWiFT) turbine control system. He currently leads development on NuMAD, which is an open-source software tool for blade design and analysis. Jon joined Sandia as a student intern in 2006 and became a member of the technical staff in 2010. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on mechatronic systems and controls; both degrees were received from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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Daniel (Todd) Griffith
Mechanical Engineering 06122Water Power Technologies

Dr. D. Todd Griffith is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Wind and Water Power Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He is the Technical Lead  for Sandia’s Offshore Wind Energy Program. His recent research contributions include work in the areas of structural dynamics, field testing, large offshore rotor technology (Sandia 100-meter blade work, VAWT), and structural health monitoring methods for wind energy systems. He has served at the Chairman of the 2012 and 2014 Sandia Blade Workshops and as Technical Program Chair for the 2014 and 2015 ASME Wind Energy Symposium.  Prior to coming to Sandia in 2005, he completed Ph.D. work at Texas A&M University in Aerospace Engineering.  He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Wesley (Wes) Johnson
Mechanical Technology 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Wesley Johnson is responsible for the field testing activities within the Wind & Water Power Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He facilitates the testing performed both at Sandia Laboratories as well as at remote testing facilities, and also runs the department’s two testing laboratories. Wesley began his career at Sandia Laboratories as a student intern in 2003 and was mentored by two Sandians in order to become a field test engineer. Wesley received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

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Benjamin Karlson
Electrical/Electronics/Electromechanical Engineer 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Benjamin leads the renewable system integration and the wind turbine/radar interference activities within the Wind Energy Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories.  He is responsible for overseeing research and development of dynamic generic wind turbine generator models for power system analysis.  He also represents Sandia in the interagency activities responsible for research and development of mitigation techniques for the impacts of wind turbines on radar systems.  Mr. Karlson has been in the Wind Department since July 2007 and hasexperience in electric power systems, including regulatory and policy issues, and wind energy integration. Prior to joining Sandia he worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an expert witness in electric rate filings. Benjamin has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, an MS in Electric Engineering from New Mexico State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico.

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Bruce LeBlanc
Engineering Sciences R&D 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Bruce LeBlanc is a Member of Technical Staff in the Wind Energy Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories.  Bruce performs research in structural dynamics and modal analysis, structural health monitoring, and embedded sensor systems for operational monitoring of wind turbines.  He is currently leading the development of sensor and instrumentation strategies for the National Rotor Testbed design, and supporting the baseline characterization of the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility.  Bruce is also leading the Tool for Siting Planning and Encroachment Analysis for Renewables (TSPEAR) framework development which aims to streamline the siting and approval processes for renewable energy developments.    He received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2009 and 2011, respectively, where he specialized in modal analysis and structural health monitoring.

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David Maniaci
Aerodynamics Lead 06121Wind Energy Technologies

David Maniaci is the Rotor Blade and Wind Plant Aerodynamics Lead in the Wind Energy Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.  His current research includes studying the effects of leading-edge erosion and soiling on airfoil and rotor performance, functional scaling and design of rotor blades, field-deployable aerodynamic measurement systems, vortex modeling of wake dynamics, and multi-fidelity integrated design processes.  He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, where he was an instructor of aircraft design for several years and performed research in applied aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing, and wind turbine aerodynamics.

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David Minster
Manager Wind Energy Technologies 06121Wind Energy technologies

Dave Minster manages the Wind Energy Technologies Department where he is responsible for overseeing wind power research, development and test activities for the lab. The department conducts applied research to increase the viability while decreasing the cost of wind energy technology.  Dave’s team is focused on improving wind turbine performance, efficiency and reliability by developing enhanced blades and rotors.

Mr. Minster has been in the Wind Department since April 2012 and has over 30 years of leadership/management experience. He joined Sandia in 2005 after retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to his current position, Dave spent four years as manager of Sandia’s Energetic Threats and Training Department and nearly two years at Sandia leading intelligence projects for multiple national intelligence agencies.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Montana State University, a Master’s degree in Geodetic Science from the Ohio State University, and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Mr. Minster has received a Certificate of Appreciation from President George W. Bush for his military service and has received dozens of military awards, including the Defense Superior Performance Medal, the Bronze Star, 7 Meritorious Service Medals, and 4 Commendation/Achievement  Medals.

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Brian Naughton
06121Wind Energy Technologies

Brian Naughton conducts research on wind turbine blade material and manufacturing technology for the Wind Energy Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia in 2013, Brian worked as a senior analyst supporting the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office with a focus on wind energy materials and offshore wind systems. Brian holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and a doctorate in materials from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Joshua Paquette
Mechanical Engineering 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Joshua Paquette is the Task Leader for Laboratory and Field Testing of Wind Turbine Blades. He has worked in the Wind Energy Technologies and Water Power Technologies Departments for five years on wind blade structural modeling and testing, as well as marine hydrokinetic blade design and modeling. Joshua holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Masters degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Brian Resor
Mechanical Engineering 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Brian Resor joined the Wind Energy Technologies Department in 2008 and focuses his work in wind turbine rotor design and aeroelastic system dynamics simulation. He began working at Sandia National Labs in 2002 in the Engineering Sciences Center where he specialized in structural dynamics research, experimental dynamic environments testing, and model validation. Brian received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000, and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002.

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Jonathan White
Mechanical Engineering 06121Wind Energy Technologies

Dr. Jonathan White leads the Wind Plant Optimization Team that seeks to improve wind plant underperformance, study turbine-turbine interaction and develop new measurement technologies to meet the most challenging needs.  Additionally, Dr. White is the Principal Investigator for the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWiFT), Continuous Reliability Enhancement for Wind (CREW) and SWiFT Baselining projects.  Jon also supports the Atmosphere to Electrons Center and manages support for the Texas Tech University Ka-band Dual Doppler Radars.

Dr. White performs research in experimental mechanics, embedded sensors in rotors, operational monitoring and structural health monitoring.  He was responsible for the design and construction of the DOE / SNL SWiFT Facility.  He is currently working with a team to analyze and develop new algorithms for utility-scale wind plants (CREW project) and detailed measurements at a moderate scale wind plant (SWiFT).  Dr. White received a Doctorate and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Mehanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.

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