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]

Giuseppe Giorgi

Giuseppe Giorgi currently works at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at Politecnico di Torino. Giuseppe does research in Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering, focusing on nonlinear modelling and optimization of wave energy converters.

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.

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.

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.


Research Coordinator – research[email protected]

Youjin Yim

– BSc in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Hongik University (South Korea).
– MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at University of Michigan (the US).
– My research interest and (working?)experience is in mooring and motion analysis of floating rigid bodies with slender objects such as cables, mooring lines etc.


Events Coordinator (EU) – events[email protected]

Chiagoro Ahaotu

Chiagoro Ahaotu holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (First-class Honours) from Covenant University, Nigeria. He was awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship in 2020 for a joint master’s degree in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment, which has seen him studying across the University of Strathclyde (UK), the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Spain) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Norway). He is currently writing his thesis on Energy storage solutions integrated into HVDC-connected offshore wind power plants for providing grid services in collaboration with NTNU and SINTEF Energy Research, Norway. He is very passionate about leading the sustainable energy transition. He is also a co-founder of Master’s Prep, a not-for-profit educational mentorship group that guides prospective African postgraduate students through graduate school applications and scholarship opportunities.

Events Coordinator (North America) – [email protected]

Shangyan ZOU

Dr. Zou is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). He was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University before joining Pacific Marine Energy Center at OSU. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University in 2018. He has research expertise on the dynamics and control with applications to ocean wave energy conversion and experience with multi-agent systems (autonomy), machine learning, optimization, and state estimation. Outside of work, he is passionate about outdoor activities and he likes coffee very much!

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.

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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