Carsten H. Westergaard, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (806) 834-7080
Fax: (806) 742-3540
National Wind Institute Rm. 102B
Lubbock, TX 79409-3155
Wind energy technology and innovation, Aero-elasticity, fluid structure interaction,
Aerodynamics, Turbulence, Optical Measurement Technology, Microfluidics
Carsten H. Westergaard is the Senior Advisor to Sandia National Laboratory on wind
energy and a Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University supported by the Emerging
Technology Fund of Texas. He is the president and owner of Westergaard Solutions,
Inc., a consulting company developing exciting new technologies and market approaches
for renewable energy companies and suppliers.
Dr. Westergaard has served in numerous advisory board positions, and chaired international
reviews of large multi-year government research programs. Dr. Westergaard earned his
Ph.D. from the Danish Technical University with a thesis on optical computing and
laser based turbulent flow measurements. As a student, Westergaard conducted research
at the University of Illinois, CERN in Switzerland and Baker Oil Tools in Houston.
He has been holding a variety of management roles concerning technology, sales and
marketing, as well as working for LM Wind Power, Dantec Dynamics, Force Technology
and Vestas Wind Systems in Denmark. He has more than 70 publications and 25 patents
Dr. Westergaard teaches a graduate course in advanced wind technology at the National
Wind Institute. His current research projects include: a new wind turbine concept,
LIDAR measurements of wind turbine wakes, aero-elastic stability, scaled wind turbine
technology in collaboration with Princeton University.
Ph.D. in Optical measurements of Turbulent structures from Physics Department (1994) –
The Danish Technical University, Denmark
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1991) – The Danish Technical University, Denmark
Recent Professional Experience:
Texas Tech University, TX
Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering and National Wind Institute 2013 - present
Westergaard Solutions, Inc, TX
President and owner, 2011 - present
Vestas Wind Systems, Houston, TX and Copenhagen
Director of Global Technology, 2007-2011
Selected Research Grants:
- Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program, "Development
of a light detection and ranging ( LiDAR) based wind farm controller and optimizer",
PI with Pentalum Technologies Ltd., $900,000, 2016
- Windar Photonics, A/S "Windar-TTU collaboration", PI, $270,687, 2015-pres.
- Alstom Power, Aero-elastic investigations, PI, $361,826, 2015-pres.
- Texas Emerging Technology Foundation, Co-PI, sub-award of larger grant, 2013-pres.
- Danish Advance Technology Foundation, "Development of Adaptive Trailing Edge Flap
(ATEF) Systems for Wind Turbines", initial PI, ~$2,700,000 (DKK 15M), 2007-2011
- Martin, S., Westergaard, C. H., Karlson, B., White, J. , New Wake Effects Identified
Using SCADA Data Analysis and Visualization, AWEA Wind Power 2015, At Orlando, FL
- Westergaard, C.H., 3rd Wind Energy Systems Engineering Workshop, "Towards a more robust
understanding of the uncertainty of wind farm reliability," National Renewable Energy
Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado. (January 14, 2015).
- Westergaard, C.H., Wind Power Monthly, Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum, "Reconciling
Cost With Quality: What Steps Is The Industry Taking To Improve The Training Of Blade
Technicians," Wind Power Monthly, Houston, Texas. (November 5, 2014).
- Westergaard, C.H., Swift, A., White, J., IEA Wind TEM#78 on Field Test Instrumentation
and Measurement Best Practices, "Nacelle Mounted Lidar are we looking in the wrong
direction?," International Energy Agency (IEA, wind), Lubbock, Texas. (October 7,
- Westergaard, C.H., TOWER Conference 2014, "The role of Denmark in the global wind
market" and "Update on the U.S. Wind Energy Market," German American Chamber of Commerce
of the Southern US, Inc., Houston, Texas. (2014).
- Westergaard, C.H., Keller, J., Gearbox Reliability Collaborative All Members Meeting,
"Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Wind Plant Reliability," National Renewable Energy
Laboratory, Golden, Colorado. (February 10, 2014).
- Westergaard, C.H., WINDINSPIRE first international workshop on "Wind Energy Intermittency:
From Wind Farm Turbulence to Economic Management", ""Ideas that could boosts wind
farm performance"," John Hopkins University and Danish Technical University, Danish
Technical University. (June 24, 2013).