Dr. Lance Manuel is the T. U. Taylor Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been on the faculty since 1999. He earned a PhD degree in civil engineering from Stanford University. He is the Editor of ASME’s Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering. His work related to loads, inflow turbulence, reliability, and offshore environment characterization as these all relate to wind turbines and wave energy converters has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy (including Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dr. Manuel is a member of an advisory group for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that assists with standardization in the field of wind energy generation systems including wind turbines, wind power plants onshore and offshore, and interaction with electrical systems to which energy is supplied.