Can we produce much of the energy we need from clean, renewable sources? Wind energy can lead the way. We will learn why the wind blows, where the winds blow the best, how energy can be generated from the wind, and how science and engineering can ensure a reliable and abundant supply of green, renewable energy to power our future. Its "gust" about time.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Jeff Mirocha

Atmospheric Scientist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jeff Mirocha is an atmospheric scientist and the technical leader of LLNL's wind energy research group. Dr. Mirocha's interests include investigation and modeling of atmospheric turbulence, flow over complex terrain, and how such flows impact wind energy capture. Dr. Mirocha holds B.S. and B. A. degrees in Geography and Mathematics from Arizona State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Sonia Wharton

Sonia Wharton is a research scientist in Climate/Carbon Science Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her primary research at LLNL involves understanding how conditions in the atmospheric boundary layer impact wind power generation. Dr. Wharton received a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California at Davis in 2008.