Our small team effectively covers theoretical, software and experimental aspects of early-stage WEC design.
Cameron McNatt grew up on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay where he fell in love with the water and sailing. A few years after completing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Yale University in 2004, he found a job at a naval architecture firm developing software for ship simulations. Here, his passion developed for the physics and mathematics of water waves and wave-body interactions. In 2010, Cameron went back to school to get a Masters in Ocean Engineering at Oregon State University where he was introduced to the field of wave energy. Fuelled by his excitement for the ocean and renewable energy, he went on to a PhD at the University of Edinburgh researching the wave field around wave energy converters. Cameron also has some first-hand experience with the ocean: in 2012, he helped to deliver a 43’ sailboat from Solomons, Maryland to Alicante, Spain, and he has participated in two offshore races.
Chris Retzler has a broad interest in science, engineering and the environment. A British national, he gained a Chemistry degree from Oxford University and spent time in industry designing and manufacturing environmental instrumentation before going back to school, enrolling at Evergreen in Olympia, Washington State to take a liberal arts BA in Renewable Energy Systems. With his horizons duly expanded and back in the UK, he turned to ocean wave energy, obtaining a PhD from Edinburgh University. He followed that with research fellowships at City University London and University of Southampton, pursuing experimental research in fluid-body interactions applied to marine engineering, including further wave energy projects. In a move back into industry, he became a co-founder at Pelamis Wave Power and Principal Scientist, responsible for experimentation and wave resource assessment. He is currently under contract with Wave Energy Scotland to secure its commercial intellectual property and transfer knowledge into the public domain.
Tobin McNatt began his career in the marine field by attending the US Naval Academy where he majored in Physics. After graduation he served in nuclear submarines at sea conducting submarine patrols and serving on a new construction fast attack submarine. Tobin entered the naval architecture field and began a business and technical career developing and providing to the ship design industry innovative software tools used for ship design disciplines such as ship structures. He worked in the US Department of Energy’s Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) program. Tobin has performed numerous ship design projects, ship design software technology development, and related testing and software product development. His US Navy and DoD program experience include customers such as the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Office of Naval Research, the US Special Operations Command, and DARPA. Tobin is Cameron's uncle.