Renewable Energy Professional Committee

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The Renewable Energy Professional Committee seeks to accelarate production of renewable marine and river energy, commerical-scale electric power production and using these resources in an environmentally aware manner.  Provide leadership opportunities or significant involvedment mechanisms for all members.

The committee has focused on:

  • Notfiying the marine renewable energy technical community of  a Call for Papers due February 22, 2013 for consideration in the first ever MTS Journal Special Issue on Marine Renewable Energy.
  • Building on the successful turn out of MRE papers given during Oceans 2012 (26) and promote the topic for even  more coverage at Oceans 2013 in San Diego. 
  • Encouranging all of you to consider serving as MRE abstract reviewers and/or panel chairs for Oceans 2013.
  • Revive the monthly MRE newsletter that was so well received. This is a great way to share items of interest to the committee; such as MRE events, publishing opportunities; industry news and more. We won’t be able to do this alone, so please send us what you have.

Committee Chairs

Chair - Cliff Merz

Cliff Merz is the Program and HF Radar Operations Director for the Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) at the University of South Florida's (USF) College of Marine Science. He received the B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, the M.S. degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science in 2008 from the University of South Florida with his Dissertation being the “Investigation of a Salinity Gradient Concentration Energy Cell”.  In addition, Cliff received a graduate certificate in Desalination Technology and Engineering in 2003 from the University of South Florida and a Renewable Energy certificate in 2010 through NSF’s Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) program.  He is a former Board of Director member of US IOOS's Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), is the President-Elect of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and is an elected Commissioner of the City of Safety Harbor, Florida.

Former Chair - Maggie Merrill

Maggie Merrill is communications manager for the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center at UMass Dartmouth. In that role she directs stakeholder outreach; coordination of the university research consortium and the industry partnership program; and provides strategic marketing and events planning.  Merrill has attended and /or managed several ocean industry technical and policy events over the past 5 years for the NE MREC, the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference, Energy Ocean and for the Conference on Clean Energy series. She completed a master’s in public policy from UMass Dartmouth with a concentration in marine science and technology policy in May 2010.

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