Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer of Boulder Wind Power, Sandy interfaces with our customers and the wind industry at large, where he has been a thought leader in the wind industry for over 30 years. Prior to co-founding BWP Sandy spent over 24 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), most recently as Chief Engineer at NREL’s National Wind Test Center and leader of the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative. His work at NREL included aerodynamics research, testing, design reviews, contract management, manager of the applied research program and leader of the certification / standards program.
Sandy was a wind energy entrepreneur prior to NREL. He co-founded ESI, a wind turbine manufacturing company in 1980 where he was Vice President of Engineering responsible for all aspects of design and manufacturing. Sandy is currently Chairman of IEC TC88 Technical Committee which is responsible for international wind turbine standards. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers. Sandy graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 where he studied under Bill Heronemus, famous for his floating offshore wind farm proposals in the early 1970s.