Rob had the idea for Windlift in 2004 while working in a biotechnology laboratory at UW-Madison. An inveterate tinker, Rob believed that recent advances in computer and materials technology would enable a new class of tethered aircraft to harness high altitude wind energy. After discovering the foundational work of Miles Loyd in 2007, Rob abandoned a career in biotechnology for Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) and never looked back.
Rob was recently published in IEEE Spectrum magazine. To read the article, Click Here.