The Team

Matt Hall, PhD

Matt is an assistant professor at the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering. His research focus is at the intersection of mechanical engineering and energy sustainability. His graduate work at the University of Victoria and the University of Maine was in design, modelling, and testing of floating offshore wind turbines. Ongoing research interests range from wind turbine, floating platform, and mooring modelling to design optimization and local renewable energy integration.

Patrick Connolly

Patrick is a physics honours student at UPEI. He studies shared mooring lines in floating offshore wind turbine farms and how they could affect farm cost and stability. Through numerical simulations, he investigates the dynamic effects of connecting multiple floating offshore wind turbines in different arrangements using different mooring systems.

Kellen Devries

Kellen is a second year engineering student in the SSDE and works for Dr. Matt Hall as an undergraduate researcher. His primary research focus is the numerical modeling of friction between the seabed and the mooring chains of floating offshore wind turbines.

Crystal Burrows, BBA, CPA, CA

(Co-supervised with Adam Fenech)

Crystal is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Island Studies. Her research focus is on climate change mitigation through renewable energy and the impact that climate, economics, legislation, and islandness have on the adoption of renewable energy solutions on small islands, particularly PEI. Crystal is also the Chief Financial Officer of the PEI Energy Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation tasked with developing and promoting energy systems in PEI.

Nick Wilkie

Nick worked on mechatronic components for small-scale wave makers.

Emily VanIderstine

Emily studied the suitability of areas around PEI for siting offshore wind farms, considering water depth, fishing activity, transmission distance, etc. for her course project in Public Scholars on Environmental Issues (ENV 401).