Christopher Niezrecki is a Distinguished University Professor; Director of Center for Energy Innovation; Co-director of the Structural Dynamics & Acoustic Systems Laboratory; and Co-director of the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy. His primary research includes renewable energy systems, wind turbine dynamics, structural health monitoring and inspection, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, bio-acoustics, manatee detection, parachute systems, smart structures, digital image correlation, signal processing, and smart materials. His goals include expanding the global use of renewable energy, developing technologies that can impact the 1.1 billion people in the world who do not have access to electricity, and advancing sensing technologies to measure and monitor structural systems.