President & CEO, Wetzel Engineering
Dr. Kyle K. Wetzel is President & CEO of Wetzel Engineering, Inc. and Wetzel Blade LLC, based in Texas, USA. Wetzel Engineering provides engineering services to clients in the wind energy and aviation industries in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Wetzel has engineered state-of-the-art energy, aerospace, and defense systems since 1993 in a variety of capacities, including as a consultant and researcher through two of his own companies, as Technical Manager of New Product Development at Enron Wind Energy (now part of GE Energy), as Executive Vice President of Aerotech Engineering & Research Corp., and as a university researcher. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. He has served as Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and/or Technical Manager on fourteen government-funded R&D contracts and has consulted to over 60 private-sector clients.
Dr. Wetzel is an internationally recognized expert on wind turbine system and rotor blade engineering. At Enron he headed the team that developed the American version of what is now GE’s 1.5MW turbine. He ran an internal Wetzel Engineering project that fully engineered a state-of-the-art 6kW turbine, and he has been involved as a consultant in the engineering and systems analysis of numerous turbines from 1kW to 10MW, including system design, loads and performance simulations, drivetrain engineering, tower engineering, etc. Nearly 20,000 wind turbine blades are operating throughout the world to which Wetzel has significantly contributed to the design or the technology development. Dr. Wetzel is the inventor of a patented in-plane rotor blade sweep technology that is presently featured on GE’s 4MW off-shore machine. He has also developed innovative uses for anisotropic carbon laminates for aeroelastic tailoring of rotor blade structures.