Carsten H. Westergaard, Ph.D.

Carsten Westergaard

Professor of Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Phone: (806) 834-7080

FAX: (806) 742-3540

National Wind Institute
MS 43155
Lubbock, TX 79409-1023




  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, 1991
  • Ph.D., Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, 1994

Research Interests:

  • Wind energy technology and innovation
  • Aero-elasticity, fluid structure interaction
  • Aerodynamics
  • UTurbulence, fluid mechanics
  • Optical Measurement Technology
  • Microfluidics


Dr. Westergaard has worked in the international wind turbine field for almost twenty years, and comes from Houston where he is President/Owner of NextraTEC, Inc., a consulting company to renewable energy companies and suppliers. He earned his Ph.D. from the Danish Technical University with a thesis on optical computing and laser-based turbulent flow measurements.

He has served in a wide variety of management roles, including technology, sales and marketing, working for LM Wind Power, Dantec Dynamics, Force Technology and Vestas Wind Systems in Denmark and Houston. Additionally, he performed numerous merit reviews for the U.S. Department of Energy and has been an expert witness in a $100M legal case.

During his industrial career, he has published more than 50 publications and has more than 20 patents (published and pending). Dr. Westergaard has served in numerous advisory board positions and chaired international reviews of large multi-year government research programs in several countries.