Environmental Analysis Lead
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Jesse Roberts leads Sandia National Laboratories’ Marine Energy (ME) Reducing Barriers to Testing efforts within the Water Power Technologies department since its inception in 2009. Research under his management includes:
• developing and applying numerical modeling tools to assess potential changes to the physical and acoustic environment caused by the operation of ME arrays. Includes coastal defense, shoreline erosion protection, and coastal resiliency
• improving the ME environmental permitting and compliance process,
• maturing wave energy converter (WEC) technology assessment tools
• innovating promising WEC concepts,
• developing ‘whole system’ software to automate wave and tidal device array design,
• advance field measurement sensors and techniques to support the ME sector, and
• crosscutting research on sediment stability and foundation impact analysis for Offshore Wind.
Jesse has been with Sandia for over 21 years where he began his career working on water resource and sediment management research. Early in his career, he co-founded Sandia’s Soil and Sediment Transport Group and holds two patents for devices that make direct measurement of sediment erosion and transport properties in riverine, lake, and oceanic environments. He received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998.