My research tends toward two goals: (1) improving offshore renewable energy device technology and (2) enabling a larger share of renewables in the energy system. Research at the device level focuses on the design and analysis of offshore renewable energy technologies, especially floating wind turbines. This includes development of the MoorDyn model, wave tank testing of marine structures, and exploration of novel floating wind farm designs. Research at the system level centers on exploring and evaluating strategies for increased renewable energy integration, especially in the unique PEI context.
Please see my Island Scholar profile.
- Engineering Communications (ENGN 1210)
- Wind and Water Power (ENGN 3450)
- Engineering Applications of Numerical Methods
- Facilitated Study and Experimental Practice (ENGN 4210)
- Macro Energy Systems (ENGN 4410)
I began my engineering studies in UPEI’s former diploma program and gravitated toward energy sustainability as a key challenge at the intersection of engineering and climate change. I completed my BScE in mechanical engineering at the University of New Brunswick, then joined the University of Victoria’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems for a master’s on floating offshore wind turbine design. I followed that focus to the University of Maine, where North America’s first grid-connecting offshore wind turbine was being deployed. I participated in design work for the full-scale VolturnUS, developed the MoorDyn model, and completed my PhD on hybrid model testing of floating wind turbines (culminating in the first validation of such a hybrid model in a wind-wave basin). I joined the engineering faculty at UPEI in 2016, just as the new building was finished and we planned the program’s first set of sustainable energy courses.
Contact and Opportunities:
I am currently on leave and do not have openings for undergraduates, graduates, or post-docs. Please refer to the web pages of other sustainable energy-focussed professors for related opportunities. Sustainable energy research inquiries should generally be directed to other faculty members, though I’m happy to try to offer input regarding wind energy, offshore renewables, or PEI-scale renewable energy research questions via the email address above, which I check periodically. Students: if I can be of specific help with something, feel free to still contact me.