Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering: Wind Energy Center
Research Interests: offshore wind energy; large wind turbine blades; materials science; composite materials; wood science; bio-based composites; engineered wood products; structural composite lumber; laminated veneer lumber
Rachel is a Pioneer Valley native, born in Northampton, MA and raised in the surrounding towns. She was pleased to return to Amherst in 2012 after having spent her undergraduate years in Burlington, VT, where she earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont with a concentration in Systems Biology. Rachel's PhD research is investigating the viability of engineered lumber for application to megawatt-scale wind turbine blades.