Committee members

Acting Chair/Vice Chair – [email protected]/[email protected]

Hannah Ross

Hannah is a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. As a researcher within the Pacific Marine Energy Center, she studies flow confinement and scaling effects on experimental hydrokinetic turbines. Hannah enjoys baking, cycling, and climbing and has recently taken up skiing to stay active during long Pacific Northwest winters.


Co-secretary – [email protected]


Paul has a BEng in mechanical engineering and an MSc in renewable energy engineering from the University of Aberdeen. He worked as a mechanical design engineer within the oil and gas industry before stepping back into academia and transitioning to renewable energy. He is currently in his final year of PhD research at the University of Strathclyde, as part of the Wind and Marine Energy Systems CDT. His PhD research focuses on the electrical systems for multi-rotor wind turbines and includes determining the most suitable electrical system, modelling the electrical system, and developing control techniques to enable enhanced grid integration. Paul attended the INORE European symposium in 2019 in Italy and was part of the organizing committee for the 2020 virtual symposium. Outside of work, Paul enjoys live music, sports, climbing and cooking.

Co-secretary – [email protected]


Peter graduated from Loughborough University with an MEng integrated master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 2016. Since 2017 he has been studying for a PhD with the Wind & Marine Energy Systems Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Strathclyde. His research focus is on the optimisation of GW-scale offshore wind farms with particular interest in the electrical infrastructure and integration of co-located energy storage. In his free time he enjoys, running, bicycle-touring trips and a couple of pints with friends in the pub.

Finance manager – [email protected]


Adam is PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, looking at the use of magnetic gearing for marine energy. After completing an integrated master’s in mechanical engineering at Strathclyde University, where Adam’s final year project focused on renewable energy, he joined the Wind and Marine Energy Centre for Doctoral Training. Funded by the Centre Adam began his PhD in 2018 at the University of Edinburgh. Outside of work you can find him happily running, cycling or climbing in the mountains somewhere.

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/Co-outreach Coordinator – [email protected]/[email protected]

Gerard avellaneda domene

Gerard completed his BSc degree in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and his MSc in Marine Renewable Energy at Heriot-Watt University (UK). After finishing his master program, Gerard worked as a research assistant at the Policy and Innovation Group, at the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 2019.
Gerard started his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria in May 2020. His research involves assessing the feasibility of various offshore renewable energy systems to power a carbon capture and storage device, and is part of the Solid Carbon Project.
In his free time, Gerard loves being surrounded by nature, going for a hike, swimming, surfing or climbing. 

Co-outreach Coordinator – outreach[email protected]


Mohammed has a BEng in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy from Heriot-Watt University. He has 10 years experience in the energy sector (mainly Oil & Gas). He is currently in his final year of a PhD research in Tidal Energy at Heriot-Watt University (Orkney Campus) – ICIT. His research focuses on the interaction between tidal turbines, energy extraction efficiency, and the integration of tidal energy into islands energy systems.  Mohammed enjoys traveling, exploring the nature, sailing and wrecks diving.

Communications Coordinator – [email protected]

Christian windt

Christian Windt is a PhD student at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER), Maynooth, in Ireland. His project focuses on high-fidelity numerical hydrodynamic modeling of wave energy converters in the CFD framework. Past office hours, he enjoys to go for a spin his van and generally everything that’s a bit of craic.


Research Coordinator – research[email protected]


Edith Rojo is a Mexican PhD student in Cardiff University, Wales. She did her major in Industrial Engineering and a BA in Management in Mexico and the US and studied a MSc Sustainable Energy and Environment in Cardiff University. She is currently writing up her thesis in Condition Monitoring in Tidal Stream Turbines. She is part of the CMERG (Cardiff Marine Energy Research Group) and the CEMIE Oceano research groups. Edith has experience developing socio-economic assessment for renewable energy projects and has participated in resource characterisation oceanographic field research in the south of Mexico.She is very interested in developing a tidal turbine project for low stream velocities around the world, specially in Latin America.


Events Coordinator – events[email protected]


Christian Windt is a PhD student at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER), Maynooth, in Ireland. His project focuses on high-fidelity numerical hydrodynamic modeling of wave energy converters in the CFD framework. Past office hours, he enjoys to go for a spin his van and generally everything that’s a bit of craic.

Events Coordinator (Australasia) – [email protected]


In 2013 Raphaël completed his BSc. in mechanical engineering at the University of Balamand (Lebanon), then worked for a year in the solar energy (PV systems) sector at Phoenix Energy – Indevco Group (Lebanon). In 2019 He completed his MSc. in Hydrodynamics for Ocean Engineering at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France), focusing on Marine Renewable Energies.
Raphaël started his PhD in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Adelaide (Australia) in March 2020. His research focuses on studying the nonlinear waves generated by a resonant wave energy converter.
He always finds time to practice and play the oriental percussion instrument (Darbuka), originally played in ancient Egypt, Babylon and Sumerian cultures approximately 3100 years ago.

Events Coordinator (Pan America) – [email protected]


Marianella Bolívar Carbonell is  a Colombian with a BS & MSc in Civil Engineering, currently she is a student welfare coordinator for the Environmental Engineering program and a full-time professor at Universidad de la Costa at Barranquilla, Colombia.  She possesses a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Universidad del Norte, with a Coastal Engineering specialization. Her research experience and interests include Engineering and Design of marine and coastal structures, Offshore renewable energies, and the hydrodynamic modeling of coastal and estuarine processes.

Events Coordinator (North America) – [email protected]


 Jia Mi is working toward his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is working as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems and his research focus on novel wave energy converters with advanced power take-off as well as powering the blue economy. He obtained his BEng degree from Wuhan University of Technology on Vehicle Engineering in 2018. He enjoys cycling, hiking and traveling. He is proud of traveling to Tibet via cycling over 2000 miles and plan to explore the world by his bike in the future.

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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