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Mechanical Engineering

Lawrence D. Willey, P.E.

Professor of Professional Practice, Mechanical Engineering
Senior Advisor, Wind Energy Research Center (WERC)
Room 2031, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-2123
Lawrence D. Willey mugshot

  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerodynamics Thesis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, HGC, 1984.
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Experimental Aerodynamics Senior Project, University of Hartford, 1982.
  • A.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Design Option, Hudson Valley Community College, 1978.
Professional Experience
  • Chief Operating Officer; Northern Power Systems, Barre, VT & International, 2014 – 2016.
  • Vice President; Energy Business/Services, Energy Northwest, Richland, WA, 2013 – 2014.
  • Vice President, Operations; Clipper Windpower, Denver, CO & Carpinteria, CA, 2009 – 2012.
  • Senior Mgr and Engineer; General Electric (GE), NY, MA, CA, SC & International, 1989 – 2009.
  • Manager, Engr, & Tech; Pratt & Whitney (P&W), East Hartford, CT & International, 1978 – 1989
  • Professor of Professional Practice; University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, Mar 2017 – present.
    • Spring 2017
      • Guest Lecturer; ME 4460, Solar & Geothermal Engineering
    • Fall 2017
      • ME 4060, Systems Design I
      • ME 4470, Wind & Ocean Energy Engineering
    • Spring 2018
      • ME 4070, Systems Design II
      • ME 3170, Machine Design
  • Five years concurrent with professional experience at P&W, United Technologies Corporation
    • Adjunct Associate Professor; University of Hartford (U of H), West Hartford, CT, 1984 – 1989
      • Fluid Mechanics; Compressible Flow; Gas Turbines; Computer Applications in Engineering; Thermodynamics
Select Areas of Expertise
Technology Assessment, New Technology Introduction (NTI), Mechanical & Aerodynamic Development, New Product Introduction (NPI), System of Systems Engineering, Quality and Six Sigma, Design Optimization, Value-Based Decision Making, Analytical & Experimental Validation, Cross-Functional Integration, Building High-Performance Teams, Lean Operations, Services & Commercial Results, Environmental Sustainability, Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC), Architectural Design, Civil Infrastructure, Startups, Business Transformation, and Profitable Execution.

Patents in Force
  • 8192572, Composite Wind Turbine Tower and a Method for Fabricating Same, 5-Jun-12
  • 8186940, Ventilation Arrangement (Wind Turbine Hub), 29-May-12
  • 8182234, Spaceframe Wind Turbine Energy Converter Structure, 22-May-12
  • EP 2 511 077 A2, Apparatus, Comp Section, & Method for On-site Tower Formation, 17 Oct-12
  • 8152440, Resistive Contact Sensors for Large Blade & Airfoil Press & Flow Sep. Meas., 10-Apr-12
  • 7927445, Vertical Manufacturing of Composite Wind Turbine Tower, 19-Apr-11
  • US 2010/0132270 A1, Mod. Surf. Foundation for Wind Turbine Space Frame Towers, 8-Jul-09
  • 8303249, Wind Turbine & Method for Optimizing Energy Production Therein, 17-Jun-09
  • US 2009/0211173 A1, Composite Wind Turbine Tower, 27-Feb-08
  • 7352075, Methods & Apparatus for Controlling Rotational Speed of a Rotor, 1-Apr-08
  • 7289920, Method & Apparatus for Capture of Grid Char Corr to Fluc Events, 30-Oct-07
  • 6439844, Turbine Bucket Cover and Brush Seal, 27-Aug-02
  • US 2002/0083058 A1, Method, Apparatus & Article for Ref Mat’l Management, 27-Dec-00
  • 6139019, Seal Assembly and Rotary Machine Containing Such Seal, 31-Oct-00
  • 6109869, Steam Turbine Nozzle Trailing Edge Mod for Improved Stage Perf, 29-Aug-00
  • 5890873, Labyrinth Seal for a Turbine Bucket Cover, 6-Apr-99
Software Systems Leadership, Development & Delivery
  • Value Analysis for Wind Energy Systems & Tech, GE Energy Internal, 2007 – 2009.
  • Int’l Codes & Stds Portal for Pwr Gen Equip & Tech, GE Pwr Sys Internal, 2000 – 2002.
  • Steam Turbine Test Vehicle (STTV) Program Portal, GE Pwr Sys Internal, 1998 – 2000.
  • Subdivision Lot Closure & ACAD Plotting Program, Engrg Consultant Services, 1987 – 1989.
Selected Publications
  • Willey, L.D., Budny, R., and Gupta, S., “Challenges and Rewards for Engineers in Wind,” ASME Int'l Gas Turbine Institute Insert, ME Magazine, August 2012.
  • Willey, L. D. & Zemitis, W. S., “The Business Case for a Renewable Energy Ecosystem in the Region,” InnoVenture Southeast 2009, Greenville, SC, 24 March 2009.
  • Willey, L.D., Nies, J., Jerwann, K, “Total Customer Value in Utility Scale Wind Power Generation,” WindPower 2008 Poster Paper, Houston, TX, June 2008.
  • Willey, L. D. & Lyons, J. P., “Wind Energy Technology,” Texas A&M, College Station, Mar 2008.
  • Willey, L. D., Davi, M., Smith, G., Almstead, J., Richani, B., Chalfin, J., Venkataraman, K., “Heavy-duty Gas Turbine Combustion Emissions During Startup and Shutdown Operations,” GT-2003-38519, Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2003, Atlanta, GA, June 2003.
  • Willey, L. D., “Electric Power Generation Equipment Specification & Supply in the Rapidly Changing Global Regulatory Scene,” GT-2002-30161, Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2002, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 2002.
  • Willey, L. D., “Reliable Electric Power for Everyone,” ASME Power Supplement Article, May 2001.
  • Willey, L. D., Maughan, J. R., Hill, J. M., & Walsh, D. J., “New Steam Turbine Test Vehicle for the Verification of Improved Efficiency Power Generation Steam Turbines,” ASME, Proceedings of IMECE-2000, Orlando, FL, Nov 2000.
  • Maughan, J. R., Willey, L. D., Hill, J. M., & Goel, S., “Development of the Dense Pack Steam Turbine: A New Design Methodology for Increased Efficiency,” ASME, Proceedings of IJPGCE, Miami Beach, FL, July 2000.
  • Willey, L. D., “Aero-Mechanical Measurement of Vorticity in Fluid Flow,” No. 851894, Proceedings of SAE Aerospace Technology Conference & Exposition, Long Beach, CA, Oct 1985.

Select Electric Power Sustainability Activities

  • Willey, L.D., Case Study “Utility Scale Wind Plant System Interactions, Dependencies and Synergies” for Book “Case Studies in Systems, Enterprises, and Complex Systems Engineering,” Edited by Dr. B. White et al, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press. Published June 2014.
  • Contributing Member of the Wind Technology Sub-team, “U.S. 80% Renewables by 2050,” U.S. DOE at the request of the U.S. Senate Energy & Water Committee, July 2012.
  • Author of Book Chapter 6, “Design & Development of MW Wind Turbines,” Wind Power Generation & Wind Turbine Design, Edited by Dr. W. Tong, WIT Press, Published May 2010, Online:
  • Community Outreach Presentations, “Wind Energy Basics” and “Renewable Energy Progress – Photovoltaics & Wind,” NJ Teacher Programs on alternative energy, Edison Foundations, One Riverfront Pl., Newark, NJ, Jan 2008 and Mar 2009.
  • Lead Author of Report Chapter 3, “Manufacturing, Materials, & Resources,” U.S. 20% Wind Energy by 2030, U.S. Department of Energy, DOE/GO-102008-2567, July 2008, Online:
  • Presentations and Panelist, “Wind Energy Supply Chain Challenges & Opportunities” and “Offshore Wind Energy Challenges & Opportunities,” Manufacturing & Developing Wind Energy Systems in Michigan Conference, Michigan State University (MSU) Kellogg Center, Sept 2007.

Select Honors & Awards

  • American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Technical Achievement Award, 2007.
  • GE Power Systems; Engineering & Six Sigma Award, 2000.
  • GE Industrial & Power Systems; Engineering & Key Business Initiatives Award, 1994.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); Arch T. Colwell Award for Paper No. 851894, 1986.
  • Inducted into the Nat’l Honorary ME Fraternity, Pi Tau Sigma, Delta Eta Chapter, U of H, 1981.

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