Hannah Johlas

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Hannah's research interests include computational fluid dynamics applied to offshore wind energy. Her graduate research focuses on simulating breaking wave loads on fixed-bottom offshore wind turbines, as well as studying wake effects in floating offshore wind farms.

Raised in Illinois, Hannah earned a BA in Physics from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Her undergraduate research included simulating the structural response of monopile support structures for offshore wind turbines, as well as modeling grid integration of solar and wind energy in the Midwest. Hannah joined the UMass Mechanical Engineering MS/PhD program under the guidance of Dr. David Schmidt and Dr. Matt Lackner in the fall of 2016, and was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She began researching wakes in floating wind farms during a 2018 summer internship at the National Renewable Energy Lab.