Executive Board


The Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) Executive Board manages the research and business functions of CREW. Members of the CREW Executive Board include the CREW Scientific Director (from one of the four participating research institutions) and the Site Directors from each institution (the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) who are appointed by and report from their respective institutions. The Scientific Director directs the day-to-day scientific and business activities of CREW. Site Directors are responsible for organizing and implementing all activities specific to their respective institutions.


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CREW Executive Board Members

Asst. Res. Prof. Dan Zimmerle

Scientific Director, CREW
Colorado State University
Dan dot Zimmerle at colostate dot edu

Daniel Zimmerle is an Assistant Research Professor in Mechanical Engineering at CSU and Power Systems R&D Manager at the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, where he manages the InteGrid power research laboratory. InteGrid provides a foundation for advanced research in power systems, emphasizing smart grid controls, electrified transportation, and renewable energy integration. Zimmerle’s recent research concentrates on microgrid controls, grid-attached storage systems, and distributed and renewable generation.
Prior to CSU, Zimmerle headed a small consulting practice focused on renewable technology development, including field monitoring, testing and analysis of wind power systems. He also served the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc., where he managed overall business operations and product development in Colorado and Denmark.
Zimmerle has also served as a division general manager and managed several R&D laboratories for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies, including internationally diverse organizations with personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries. He accumulated twenty years of experience in research, development and business management across CAD, consumer imaging, energy systems and test equipment businesses. He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.


Previous Scientific Director:
Prof. Lucy Pao of CU-Boulder deserves a lot of credit for all her work in launching CREW. Her period of work as Scientific Director was Fall 2007 - Spring 2011.




CSU researcher Dan Zimmerle is the CREW scientific director



No new Managing Director

Previous Managing Director:
Dr. Florence Bocquet of CU-Boulder managed the day-to-day activities of the center since its launching. Her period of work as Managing Director was Fall 2008 - Fall 2012.



Dr. Amanda Hering

Site Director, CREW
Colorado School of Mines

Amanda S. Hering received a B.S. in Mathematics from Baylor University in 1999, an M.S. in Statistics from Montana State University in 2002, and a Ph.D in Statistics from Texas A&M University in 2009. In 2009, she joined the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at Colorado School of Mines as an assistant professor. She has a visiting research position at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
Professor Hering's broad research interests are in spatial statistics, model building, model validation, and time series. Two particular areas of application are in short-term forecasting of winds for wind energy and utility planning, investigating the impacts of climate change on the wind resource, and assessing multiple model forecasts. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Northrop Grumman.


Previous Site Director for CSM:
Dr. Katie Johnson contributed a lot into the launching of CREW. Her period of work with CREW was Fall 2007 - Fall 2011.




Professor Mandy Hering is the site director for CSM

Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan

Site Director, CREW
Colorado State University

Sid Suryanarayanan joined Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in the ECE department in August 2010. He obtained the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2004 from Arizona State University. Sid was previously employed by Colorado School of Mines as an Assistant Professor of Engineering, Florida State University as an Assistant Scholar Scientist, and Arizona State University as a post-doctoral researcher.
Professor Suryanarayanan's research interests lie broadly in the area of modern electric power systems, with specific focus on design, operation, and economics of finite-inertia systems and integration of renewable energy systems to electric grids. Sponsors of Dr. Suryanarayanan’s research include: NSF, US DoE, PSERC, NREL/JISEA, PSERC, ONR, and local industries. Sid is a Senior Member of the IEEE and was the recipient of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s T. Burke Hayes Faculty Award in 2009.


Previous Site Director for CSU:
Dr. Peter Young participated in the launching of CREW. His period of work with CREW was Spring 2008 - Spring 2010.




Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan is the site director for CSU

Dr. Kurt Maute

Site Director, CREW
University of Colorado at Boulder

Kurt Maute is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, by courtesy. He is the director of the Center of Aerospace Structures (CAS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 1998, and his BS/MS. in Aerospace Engineering in 1992, both from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research is centered on computational mechanics and design optimization methods, applied to fundamental problems in solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer as well as to civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering problems.
Dr. Maute has developed novel approaches to topology and shape optimization for nonlinear structural and coupled multi-physics problems, such as fluid-structure interaction and coupled electro-thermo-mechanical problems. Dr. Maute has developed stochastic prediction and design optimization methods for coupled multi-physics problems under uncertainty using high-fidelity models. Most recently, Dr. Maute has extended his research onto chemo-mechanically coupled problems for energy storage. Dr. Maute has published his work in over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He is the managing editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering and an associate editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.




Professor Kurt Maute is the site director for CU-Boulder

Dr. Andy Clifton

Site Director, CREW
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Andrew Clifton is a Senior Engineer in the Aerodynamics and System Dynamics group at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder. His interests are in boundary layer flows, measurement methods, data reduction, and technology transfer.
Andy has a Masters from Durham University (in the UK) and a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he investigated the interaction of wind and snow in a wind tunnel, and how snow drift contributes to avalanche hazard. That research led to a postdoc in Canada, and work as a wind energy consultant. Since then he has worked on measuring winds in complex terrain in Europe and North America using tall towers and remote sensing equipment.
At the NWTC, Andy leads the data collection from the two 135-m tall meteorological towers on site, and relates that to turbine response using a mixture of measurements and modeling. He also uses the towers to characterise the performance of remote sensing devices and is the US expert on the IEA wind annex 32, LIDAR.



Previous Site Director for NREL:
Dr. Pat Moriarty contributed a lot into the launching of CREW. His period of work with CREW was Fall 2007 - Spring 2012.


Dr. Andy Clifton is the site director for NREL