Sterling Olson


Sterling Olson

R&D Engineer


Sterling Olson is a technical staff member in the Water Power Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). His research at Sandia is focused on the development of opensource numerical models for MRE. Sterling’s research has applied SNL opensource current energy converter (CEC) modules in Delft3D and OpenFOAM at benchtop and meso-scale applications. Sterling has integrated this work into the first-of-its-kind levelized cost of energy (LCOE) optimization software, DTOcean. Sterling is further involved in research with respect to wave energy converters through modified OpenFOAM code to perform system identification in a noninitial reference frame, and the codesign of WECs using Sandia’s WEC-Optimization tool. Sterling received a BS in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering from the Georgia institute of Technology. Sterling earned two MS degrees from the University of New Mexico, one in Chemical and another in Mechanical Engineering. Sterling also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.