October 6, 2006 - Engineering Challenges for Future Wind Energy Development will be the topic of Neil Kelley's talk at the H.T. Person Homecoming Lecture. The event will take place on October 13, at 2 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers.
Neil Kelley is a meteorologist specializing in applying atmospheric science in support of engineering problems. Since 1980 he has been a Principal Scientist specializing in wind energy research with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He holds active memberships in the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He has authored papers and reports on the generation, impact, and control of wind turbine low-frequency noise. Since 1988 he has concentrated his research on the influence of atmospheric turbulence on wind turbine structural loads and vibratory response. In 1982 he was the recipient of an NREL Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on wind turbine low-frequency noise and more recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S Department of Energy for his research on the effects of turbulence on wind turbines.
For the H.T. Person Homecoming lecture, Kelley will discuss the multiple disciplinary engineering challenges that will need to be met in order to meet the goal of wind energy providing 20% of the nation's electrical energy needs by 2030.