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Benjamin Maurer

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering





Research Interests

Renewable Energy Technology, Environment Fluid Dynamics, Autonomous Platforms, Human Trafficking Mitigation, Access to Energy Policy


Benjamin Maurer joined the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington in mid-2016, and is currently a Senior Engineer in the Ocean Engineering Department, where he works closely with Andy Stewart, James Joslin, Rob Cavagnaro and Paul Gibbs. Ben's research interests include renewable energy technology development, environment fluid dynamics, autonomous platforms, human trafficking, and national and global access to energy.

Ben supports an active research program with US R&D laboratories (e.g., Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Space and Naval Warfare System Center), the Office of Naval Research, Washington State Clean Energy Fund, and industry. Previously, he has also supported research and development with the US Department of Energy, ARPA-e, R&D laboratories (National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Oakridge National Laboratories), National Science Foundation, California SeaGrant, and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.

Ben also maintains an active interest in commercialization: coordinating joint industry projects through APL-UW, supporting a UW CoMotion technology development, and serving as a Subject Matter Expert for multiple funding entities.

Department Affiliation

Ocean Engineering


Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2011

M.S. Engineering Science, University of California, San Diego, 2006

B.S. Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2001

B.A. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, 2001


2000-present and while at APL-UW

National Offshore Wind Strategy; Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States

Gilman, P., B. Maurer, L. Feinberg, A. Duerr, J. Golladay, J. Stromberg, I. Johnson, D. Boren, A. Moore, L. Peterson, W. Musial, and P. Beiter, "National Offshore Wind Strategy; Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States," Department of Energy and Department of the Interior, Washington, DC, September 2016, 71 pp.

More Info

1 Sep 2016

Offshore wind energy holds the promise of significant environmental and economic benefits for the United States. It is an abundant, low-carbon, domestic energy resource. It is located close to major coastal load centers, providing an alternative to long-distance transmission or development of electricity generation in these land-constrained regions. Once built, offshore wind farms could produce energy at low, long-term fixed costs, which can reduce electricity prices and improve energy security by providing a hedge against fossil fuel price volatility.

Realizing these benefits will require overcoming critical challenges in three strategic themes: 1) reducing the costs and technical risks associated with domestic offshore wind development, 2) supporting stewardship of U.S. waters by providing regulatory certainty and understanding and mitigating environmental risks of offshore wind development, and 3) increasing understanding of the benefits and costs of offshore wind energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Wind Energy Technologies Office, and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), have jointly produced this updated national strategy to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States. In doing so, the agencies accounted for progress made since the last national offshore wind strategy released in 2011, and utilized significant input from the offshore wind community. This strategy highlights the gaps that need to be addressed by the offshore wind community as a whole, and provides a suite of actions that DOE and DOI are positioned to undertake to address these gaps and help the nation realize the benefits of offshore wind development.

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