James F. Manwell has been working in field of wind energy for over 30 years in the United States and internationally. He is presently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts and Director of the University’s Wind Energy Center. His research interests have focused on wind resource assessment and wind turbine external design conditions, hybrid power system design, energy storage and offshore wind energy. He is an author of the wind energy textbook, “Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application.” He worked with the International Energy Agency’s wind energy R&D activity, Annex VIII, which dealt with autonomous wind systems and in conjunction with that activity was a contributing author to the book, “Wind-Diesel Systems: “A Guide to the Technology and its Implementation.” Subsequently, he was the US representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) program to develop the first design standards for offshore wind turbines (IEC 61400-3), served on International Science Panel on Renewable Energies, was instrumental in bringing a large wind turbine blade test facility to Massachusetts and was a charter committee member for the North American Academy of Wind Energy. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection’s expert panel on wind turbine health impacts. He is presently a member of the IEC group (TC 88 61400-MT3), which is developing a second edition of the offshore wind turbine design standard. Prof. Manwell graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in biophysics and then from the University of Massachusetts with an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.