Geoff Klise


Geoff Klise

Department Manager


Geoff Klise became the Wind Energy Technologies Department manager in March 2018. Research under his portfolio includes maintaining the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility in Lubbock, Texas, which demonstrates and tests new rotor designs, improves understanding of turbine to turbine wake interference, and validates models used to represent wind farm physics at varying levels of fidelity. Other key research includes vertical axis wind turbine R&D for offshore applications, carbon fiber composites, wind farm grid and microgrid integration, rotor optimization, blade reliability, experimental and model uncertainty quantification, and radar interference mitigation.

Geoff came to Sandia in 2006 as a contractor and was hired as a technical staff member in 2010. Prior to his current role, he was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff developing software and tools in support of photovoltaic systems. This included stochastic modeling to determine photovoltaic component faults and failures and supporting the broader real estate industry through the development of methods, software and how-to training to develop a market value for residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. His past research efforts include development of systems models for evaluating the techno-economic feasibility of geologic carbon sequestration, algal biofuel development and water use impacts of utility scale solar power development. Prior to moving to New Mexico, Geoff worked as a geologist and hydrogeologist in Washington State, conducting technical resource assessments for both private industry and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

He has an MS in Water Resources from the University of New Mexico and a BS in Environmental and Engineering Geology from Western Washington University. He is registered in Washington state as a Licensed Professional Geologist and a Hydrogeologist.