Faculty Participants

Lehigh University’s PORT Lab is interdisciplinary and consists of faculty from Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics (MEM), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), Economics (ECO), and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). Some PORT Lab researchers (e.g., Banerjee, Diplas, Grenestedt, and Suleiman) are experimentalists and study river- and tidal-based MHK devices, including the interaction of the turbine with its environment and how the environment affects farm design and power output from these devices. Others (e.g., Blum, Kishore, Snyder, Lamadrid, and Munoz-Avila) take a model-based approach to questions related to the design, operation, and economic viability of MHK systems and how they will be integrated with the grid.

 

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Arindam Banerjee

PC Rossin Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

Arindam Banerjee's expertise is in experimental hydrodynamics & fluid-structure interactions of marine hydrokinetic energy devices. His work focuses on marine hydrokinetic turbine hydrodynamic performance optimization techniques using fluid and structural solvers. His current focus is in pursuing device and/or array operation, their performance and testing under various turbulent inflow and free-surface conditions that exist in rivers/oceans and tidal basins. This is being done using innovative turbulence generation techniques in a water tunnel facility in his laboratory.
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Rick Blum

Robert W. Wieseman Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rick Blum is an expert in signal processing, sensor networking, and communications theory. He develops methodologies for reliably measuring and predicting wave realizations using noisy data from sensors, and for using these forecasts to conduct predictive control of arrays of wave energy converters, as well as in river and tidal systems.
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Panos Diplas

P.C. Rossin Professor and Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Panos Diplas is studying phenomena related to the dynamics of water, sediment and contaminant transport through waterways, floodplains and wetlands, scour around bridge piers, and impacts of human activities on the environment. He is studying the dynamic interaction of the hydrokinetic energy device with the river/tidal basin bed, surrounding vegetation and biota.
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Shalinee Kishore

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Shalinee Kishore's research interests are in stochastic models and algorithms for MHK systems. Her current projects analyze the spatial-termporal variations of stochastic ocean environments to quantify wave energy potential of wave farms, develop reliable short and long-term forecasting algorithms for stochastic wave environments, and study how these forecasts impact wave farm design, production, and electricity market interactions.
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Alberto Lamadrid

Assistant Professor
College of Business and Economics
Alberto Lamadrid is currently working to perform a detailed life-cycle analysis of MHKE devices and evaluate methods of integration of MHKE into electricity markets. The economic analysis will be vital to identify bottle-necks in the technology that can be further improved to reduce cost of power, O&M costs and facilitate techno-economic studies.
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Hector Munoz-Avila

Class of 1961 Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Hector Munoz-Avila has done extensive research on case-based reasoning, planning, and machine learning. He is also interested in multi-agent techniques for advancing game AI. He is developing cyber-control infrastructures that employ these methodologies to automate operations of wave farms and their interactions with the grid.
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Lawrence Snyder

Associate Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Larry Snyder's expertise is on optimization algorithms for designing and operating both individual MHKE devices and arrays. His research draws heavily on mathematical optimization, simulation, and other tools of operations research.
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Muhannad Suleiman

Associate Professor
Geotechnical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Muhannad Suleiman's areas of expertise are in geotechnical and foundation engineering. He studies soil-structure interaction for HKE devices, including moorings and foundations that are subjected to repeated cyclic loadings
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Joachim Grenestedt

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Professor
Joachim Grenestedt is is an expert in designing, manufacturing, and operating advanced aircrafts and boats. Among his innovative designs are unmanned, small boats that can be used for characterizing ocean waves. The high resolution data set that can be made available from such boats provide modeling capabilities for studying and optimizing wave farm designs. Prof. Grenestedt is also the Director of Lehigh's Composites Lab.
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