Chris Allen is a Senior Research Engineer working at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center located at the University of Maine where he has spent the last 12 years of his career focused on the development of ocean renewable energy. A native to Southern Maine, he holds a Master’s of Science in Structural Engineering from UMaine and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the same field. Chris has significant experience in basin model testing of offshore structures and is actively involved in the University’s new Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Lab where he leads testing programs on systems ranging from semisubmersibles to wave energy converters. His interests in ocean renewable energy began during his Graduate studies where he was part of a team which designed, built, and launched VoltrunUS 1:8, the first floating wind turbine in the Americas. He is currently involved with Maine Aqua Ventus which is a 12 MW floating offshore wind pilot project committed to developing a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s shores.