Sam Kanner

Lead R&D

Principle Power

Dr. Sam Kanner received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley. He received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. His thesis work contributed to the fields of unsteady wind turbine aerodynamics, second-order hydrodynamics of multi-column platforms, as well as hybrid testing of marine structures. At Principle Power, Sam is the Lead of Research and Development, overseeing projects in hydrodynamics, global performance, control theory, structural analyses, mooring systems, software projects, and others. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics of floating wind turbines, machine learning algorithms for metocean data processing, and offshore energy storage.


  • Computational fluid dynamics of floating wind turbines
  • Machine learning algorithms for metocean data processing
  • Offshore energy storage


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2015

    University of California Berkeley

  • Ba in Physics and Geology, 2010

    Carleton College