Lance Manuel, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Energy Award for career contributions in research, education, service, and design practice directed toward the safe and reliable use of land-based and offshore wind energy.
Professor and recipient of the George and Dawn L. Coleman Centennial Fellowship in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Manuel’s research in the field of wind energy is specifically directed toward improving the performance and reliability of utility-scale wind turbines that have seen increased levels of adoption in the last 15 years or so.
Given his training in risk and reliability assessments for energy-related infrastructure, his research efforts rely on simulation and data-driven models to deliver to end users such as operators, turbine manufacturers, certification bodies, and standards-writing organizations. The contributions he is making to the industry have been important as this industry continues to mature and provide a viable share of the nation’s energy needs from renewable. The overall goal of his research is to establish design standards that will allow turbines to efficiently and economically produce electricity over their planned service lives.
Manuel, who earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Stanford University, joined the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering in 1999. In support of his research related to the modeling of inflow turbulence and response of electricity-producing wind turbines, Manuel won a National Science Foundation CAREER award.
Associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems and ASME’s Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Manuel is also an editorial board member of Wind Engineering, the Journal of Renewable Energy, and Conference Papers in Energy.