William LaCava

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Wind Energy Center

Bill is interested in dynamics of wind turbines with focus on how wind turbine drivetrains can be optimized for offshore conditions. He is also interested in genetic algorithm approaches to system identification and wind turbine simulation.

Before starting here, Bill was a research engineer at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado, where he lead the modeling team of the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative and conducted drivetrain test campaigns. He received his Masters and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. During his Masters he lead the mechanical power systems group for the Cornell 100+ MPG team that competed in the Automotive X-Prize.