(January 9th, 2019)
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Dr. Katherine Dykes, NREL

Dr. Dykes will be speaking at the next Graduate Seminar, on January 14th at 4:00pm. Seminar will be held in 256 CB as usual.

Katherine has a PhD from the Engineering Systems Division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her thesis centered on the interplay between wind technology innovation and deployment.  She holds two MS degrees from the Ohio State University in Electrical Engineering and in Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics, and she has a dual-BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Program on Management of Technology.  Her current research at NREL focuses on multi-disciplinary design, analysis and optimization applied to wind turbine systems - leading a team engaged with studies ranging from individual component optimizations to full wind plant scale optimizations of layout and controls strategy.  She is also a co-operating agent (along with representatives from DTU Wind Energy, Denmark and Sintef Energy Research, Norway) of IEA Wind Task 37 on systems engineering / integrated RD&D for wind energy.

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) wind energy systems engineering initiative has developed an analysis platform to leverage its research capabilities toward integrating wind energy engineering and cost models across wind plants. This platform captures the important interactions between various subsystems to achieve a better understanding of how to improve system-level performance and achieve system-level cost reductions. 
The initiative's goal is to develop, maintain, and apply a software platform and to leverage its research capabilities to: 
•    Integrate wind plant engineering performance and cost software modeling to enable full system analysis 
•    Apply a variety of advanced analysis methods in multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization (MDAO) and related fields to the study of wind plant system performance and cost 
•    Develop a common platform and toolset to promote collaborative research and analysis among national laboratories, industry, and academia.