Feargal Brennan

Director of the Renewable Energy Marine Structures CDT

Cranfield, Oxford, and Srathclyde

Feargal Brennan is the James Blyth Professor of Offshore Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and Head of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering.  He is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Strathclyde-Oxford-Cranfield Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Doctoral Training Centre and Research Director of the Wind & Marine Systems and Structures (WAMSS) Centre for Doctoral Training.  He is the Offshore Wind Champion for the EPSRC Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Programme and Principal Investigator of the major new Ocean-Refuel UKRI EPSRC grant.  He sits on the BEIS (UK Government Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) Science Expert Group, SOWEC (The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council) and the NZTC (Net Zero Technology Centre) academic advisory board.  He is the UK standing member and leader of the UK delegation to the ISSC (International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress) and has served as expert witness for commercial offshore wind litigation cases at the London Court of International Arbitration.

Celina Cunningham

Deputy Director

Maine Governor’s Energy Office

Celina Cunningham serves as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine. Before joining GEO, Celina most recently was Vice President/Chief of Staff at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where she worked on overarching strategies and policies. Before joining SEIA, Celina spent a decade in public service at the federal level handling energy and environmental issues, including at the U.S. Department of the Interior and as staff at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Douglas Boren

Regional Supervisor, Office of Strategic Resources

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Pacific OCS Regional Office

Doug Boren brings over 20 years of federal experience in a wide range of activities including renewable energy and regulatory oversight to his current position as Regional Supervisor, Office of Strategic Resources, for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region.  The Mission of BOEM is to manage development of U.S. OCS energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way.  Doug is responsible for managing a diverse team of on-staff specialists to facilitate opportunities for renewable energy leasing on the OCS offshore California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.  His team is also responsible for overseeing the existing oil and gas leases offshore California.  

Prior to BOEM, Mr. Boren held positions with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy.  Mr. Boren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in marine biology, from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.  He is also a combat veteran who served our nation as a member of the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.   

Lars Samuelsson


ABS Global Offshore Renewables

Naval architect with over 20 years of offshore experience. Experience from 80 MW of Floating Wind. Co-Convenor of the IEC TC 88 / MT 3-2 initiative to update IEC 61400-3-2 & Co-Convenor of the US initiative to create a standard for floating offshore wind turbines in US waters.

Anthony Viselli

Chief Engineer

University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Dr. Anthony Viselli, P.E., is the Chief Engineer for Ocean Energy Programs at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Dr. Viselli has nearly 20 years of experience in the research design, testing, and construction of marine and offshore structures.
Dr. Viselli currently leads the design and engineering efforts for New England Aqua Ventus I, a single turbine 11 MW floating offshore wind demonstration project to be deployed in the Gulf of Maine. The project will utilize the VolturnUS floating concrete semi-submersible hull, designed and patented at UMaine. Dr. Viselli leads a team of over 20 engineers, technicians, and staff dedicated to floating offshore wind R&D.

Dan Zalkind

Senior Researcher


Daniel Zalkind is a senior researcher at NREL, where he studies wind turbine control systems and leads the development of the Reference Open-Source Controller (ROSCO) and the Wind Energy and Integrated Servo-controls (WEIS) toolset.  Daniel’s research interests include the interaction between floating wind turbine design and controls, from the component level to the farm level.

Daniel Veen

Product Manager

Bentley Advancing Infrastructure

Daniel Veen, PhD, is responsible for defining and executing the product development and market strategy for MOSES at Bentley Systems. Dan joined Bentley in 2013 as a senior developer on the MOSES team, focused on enhancing the core hydrodynamics solver. Since 2019 he has also been responsible for the development of OpenWindPower Floating Platform, an integrated solution leveraging the capabilities of MOSES and SACS for the design and analysis of floating wind turbines.

David Hughes

Project Engineer


David Hughes is a Project Engineer with OceanWinds, a joint venture of EDPR and Engie focused solely on Offshore Wind Development. He has been with the company for 3 years and is focused on West Coast project development. He was previously a member of the Ocean Winds East development team that achieved success in the 2022 NY/NJ Bight BOEM Lease Auction.

Jerica Nolte

Floating Technical Lead


Jerica joined TotalEnergies US in the beginning of 2022 as Floating Technical Lead for US projects.  Throughout her 10 year offshore wind career, she specializes in the naval architecture of floating offshore wind platforms and determining which solution best matches an offshore wind project’s needs.  Prior to TotalEnergies, she worked for EnBW North America’s team as Floating Technology Manager focusing on floating offshore wind projects that will provide energy for large regions of the United States and Europe. Before joining EnBW, Jerica worked with Principle Power, a leader in foundation design for offshore wind turbines. Her experience spans from Senior Naval Architect, Project Manager, and Engineering Management. Jerica graduated with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a M.S. in Ocean and Resource Engineering from University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Jason Jonkman

Principal Engineer

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jason Jonkman, Ph.D. is a principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is the lead developer of the OpenFAST and FAST.Farm multi-physics engineering tools for designing and analyzing land-based and offshore fixed and floating wind turbines and wind farms.
Dr. Jonkman supports several International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Tasks on wind energy model verification and validation. He is also a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) working group to develop design requirements for floating offshore wind turbines.
Dr. Jonkman earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder.