Committee members

Chair –


Jia Mi is working toward his Ph.D. degree in the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is a Rackham Predoctoral Fellow, and his research focuses on novel wave energy converters with advanced power take-off as well as powering the blue economy. He obtained his MS degree from Virginia Tech and BEng degree from Wuhan University of Technology on Automotive Engineering in 2018. He enjoys cycling, hiking and traveling. He is proud of traveling to Tibet via cycling over 2000 miles and plans to explore the world by his bike in the future.

Sponsorship Coordinator – [email protected]

Beatrice Fenu

Beatrice is a Ph.D. candidate studying hydrodynamic modeling of hybrid systems of wind turbines and wave energy converters. She joined the INORE committee after the EU Symposium in Spain in 2022, and she plans to give her contribution to expand the INORE community and network.

Sponsorship Coordinator – [email protected]

Andreas T. Asiikkis

Andreas is a Mechanical Engineer, currently pursuing a joint PhD, focusing on the hydrodynamic modeling of dense wave energy converter arrays. He has experience in teaching and research and has been involved in various research projects. In November 2023, he became the sponsorship coordinator of INORE, focusing on acquiring funding for the annual INORE symposium. In his free time, Andreas enjoys exercising, hanging out with friends, traveling to new countries, and his favorite sport is skiing.

Finance Manager- [email protected]

Ayse Yilmaz

Ayse has a background in Chemical Engineering and is currently an EngD candidate with the IDCORE programme where her research focuses on Digital Twin utilisation within the Green Hydrogen Industry.

Communications Coordinator – [email protected]

Luke Evans

Luke completed his BEng in electrical power at Caledonian university (Glasgow, Scotland) and his MEng in Marine Renewable Energy at Edinburgh, Exeter and Strathclyde University. Luke started his EngD in 2020, and is currently writing up his thesis on uncertainties associated with a power performance assessment for tidal energy converters.

In his free time, Luke loves being outdoors, hiking, surfing and playing squash.


Finance Manager- [email protected]

Jackson Wills

Jackson is a PhD candidate studying digital hydraulic power take-offs for wave energy converters. He joined the INORE committee after the EU Symposium in Portugal in 2023, and is excited about the impact INORE can make in offshore renewables.

Events Coordinator (EU) – events[email protected]


Vivien is a PhD candidate studying Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs), specifically investigating the hydrodynamic forces and impact of internal waves acting on FOWTs. She first attended the INORE Symposium in Italy in 2019 and a second time in Portugal in 2023, after which she joined the INORE committee.

Events Coordinator (North America) – [email protected]

Tania Demonte Gonzalez

Tania is a Ph.D. candidate studying controls and hydrodynamic modeling of wave energy converters. She joined the INORE committee after the EU Symposium in Portugal in 2023, and she plans to bring new events to NA to expand the INORE community. For any inquiries about events in NA, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her!

Secretary- [email protected] 

Eoghan Summers

Eoghan is a Ph.D. candidate studying offshore wind to hydrogen systems, specifically the impact of variable supply and demand on the transport of hydrogen in pipelines. He joined the INORE committee after the EU Symposium in Portugal in 2023, and is looking forward to showing people around Scotland for this years INORE European Symposium.

Research Coordinator – research[email protected]

Vaibhav Raghavan

Vaibhav is a PhD candidate focusing on study of wave energy farms specifically understanding the interaction between devices within the wave farm and how their performance can be optimized. In November 2023, he joined INORE as the research coordinator. His focus is on promoting international collaborations between researchers.


EU Outreach Coordinator- [email protected]

Annabelle Leahy

Annabelle is an oceanographer and marine social scientist working on environmental impacts of offshore renewable energy and sustainable marine resource management. She has served as the EU Outreach Coordinator since 2022.

Africa Events Coordinator

Jonathan Tijani

Jonathan is a project engineer with vast experience in the energy sector. Skilled in using tools like orcaflex, Moses for mooring analysis and installation analysis for the energy sector.

DEI Co-Coordinator

Jane Nyokabi Njeri

Jane is an Eng.D. candidate studying offshore wave energy hybrid systems, with focus on complementary energy harvesting mechanisms with wave energy converters. She joined the INORE committee after the EU Symposium in Portugal in 2023, and is looking forward to being a part of Scotland hosting this years INORE European Symposium.

Outreach Coordinator – outreach[email protected]

Qiang Gao

Qiang (Dan) Gao is a PhD candidate in the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He received his B.Eng degree from Chongqing University, China, in 2016 and M.Sc degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2019, both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research interests include ocean renewable resource assessment, energy storage system sizing and generator selection for wave energy converters and the design of electrical systems in the hybrid offshore wind and wave energy systems. Out of the research, he enjoys outdoor activities such as sports, hiking and fishing.

DEI Co- Coordinator

Jonathan Glasspool

Jonathan has a background in mechanical engineering and is an EngD candidate with the IDCORE programme, where he is studying mooring lines for floating offshore wind turbines. He joined the committee after the 2023 INORE symposium in Portugal as DEI coordinator and is excited about this opportunity to create positive change for INOREANs and the wider offshore renewable energy sector.

Middle-East Event Coordinator

Fatih Karipoğlu

Fatih is a PhD candidate and researcher assistant. He is working on offshore wind energy systems. He has lots of papers and joined meetings, conferences or training.

South-East Outreach Manager

Rittick Maity

Rittick is a PhD candidate focusing on doing a techno-economic analysis of agrivoltaic system in malaysia. In November 2023, he joined INORE as the South-East Outreach Manager. His focus is on promoting international collaborations between researchers in the south east.

Middle East Outreach Manager

Arman Aghaei

Arman is a researcher specializing in the controls and hydrodynamic modeling of floating wind turbines and mooring systems. He became a part of the INORE committee following the EU Symposium in November 2023 as Middle East Outreach Manager, with a commitment to fostering international collaborations among researchers.

Local Outreach Coordinator (Central & South America) – [email protected]

Rodrigo rojas

Rodrigo is a PhD in natural science from University of Chile, with an MBA and with background on marine biology for National University of Costa Rica. His work has been focused on rising conditions for the planning, developing and future use of marine energy in Costa Rica and Latin America. His research and writings are rooted within technical concepts of experts from Europe and crosses the fields of project manager and marine energy topics. His recent focus includes an offshore wind road map of Costa Rica, the analysis of marine energy supply chain for the current conditions of coastal and marine areas of Costa Rica and the wave and tides research in the Pacific coast. Previously, Rodrigo worked as a professor and thesis director for several public and private universities, as well as project manager and analyst for 25 years, covering foresight perspective and environmental studies for renewable energy projects in Costa Rica and Central America. He has taken part of several academic, NGO´s and public organizations, including Costa Rican Institute for Electricity, National University, REMAR, RIBEMAR, GWEC, and IRENA. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at international conferences on renewable energy, offshore energy and blue economy agenda.

Local Outreach Coordinator (Asia) – [email protected]

FAntai meng

Fantai Meng received the B.Eng. degree (First-class Honour) in mechatronics engineering and Ph.D. degree in wave energy conversion from University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2013 and 2019, respectively. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the China-Australia Joint Research Centre of Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Harnessing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests cover numerical modelling and intelligent control of combined offshore wind-wave system.

Web Manager – webmanager[email protected]

xian Wu

Xian is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan looking into ocean-powered desalination. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and a master’s degree from the University of California San Diego in Applied Ocean Science. Out of work, he enjoys cooking, gaming and hiking.

Advisory committee members

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Samantha quinn

Samantha is the Operations Manager at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University. Although she now focuses on making sure everything is running smoothly, she continues to dabble in research focused on  policy, innovation and economics for offshore renewable energy. She is terrified of swimming in the sea and has been stung twice by jellyfish.

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michele martini

Michele is a Researcher in the Offshore Engineering Group at IH Cantabria, in Spain. He is focusing his work on the effects that met-ocean conditions have on floating wind and wave energy farms in terms of energy production, long-term response and O&M activities. He loves watching storms from lighthouses – as long as they are not too close to the sea.

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carlos perez collazo

Carlos is a Research Fellow in  Wave and Offshore Wind Energy at the University of Plymouth. He works closely with  the Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) – the research cluster in Marine Renewable Energy for the South of England. His research is focused on the development of new solutions for wave and offshore wind energy sectors and on how to combine them. 

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Boris teillant

Boris is a research engineer at WavEC Offshore Renewables, in Portugal. His main research activities involve techno-economic analysis of innovative concepts for wave energy converters and lifecycle logistics of ocean energy arrays. While not awake, Boris is also secretly working on a visionary sailing boat design featuring both a pool table and a bar.



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