Prof. Dr. Carlo L. Bottasso


Wind Energy

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Bottasso's research interests are in wind energy and rotorcraft technology, with particular reference to modeling and simulation, aero-servo-elasticity, control and design. On these topics he has co-authored over 400 publications, including over 120 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Professor Bottasso received a PhD in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Italy. In May 2013, he was a appointed to his chair position at TUM, where he is the foundering director of the Wind Energy Institute. He had previously taught flight mechanics and wind energy at the Politecnico di Milano, where he reached the rank of full professor. He held visiting positions at various institutions, including Aalborg University in Denmark, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA Langley Research Center and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the USA. Professor Bottasso is the president of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE), for which he also serves as one of the chief editors of its flagship journal Wind Energy Science.

Key Publications

M Bertelè, CL Bottasso, S Cacciola, F Daher Adegas, S Delport: “Wind Inflow Observation from Load Harmonics”. Wind Energy Science. 2017; 2: 615–640. 


P Bortolotti, CL Bottasso, A Croce: “Combined Preliminary-Detailed Design of Wind Turbines”. Wind Energy Science. 2016; 1: 71-88. 


GAM van Kuik, J Peinke, R Nijssen, D Lekou, J Mann, JN Sørensen, C Ferreira, JW van Wingerden, D Schlipf, P Gebraad, H Polinder, A Abrahamsen, GJW. van Bussel, JD Sørensen, P Tavner, CL Bottasso, M Muskulus, D Matha, HJ Lindeboom, S Degraer, O Kramer, S Lehnho, M. Sonnenschein, PE Sørensen, RW Künneke, PE Morthorst, K Skytte: “Long-Term Research Challenges in Wind Energy - A Research Agenda by the European Academy of Wind Energy”. Wind Energy Science. 2016; 1: 1-39. (Also published as: Research Topics in Wind Energy 6. Springer. 2016.)


Bottasso CL, Campagnolo F, Croce A, Dilli S, Gualdoni F, Nielsen MB: "Structural Optimization of Wind Turbine Rotor Blades by Multi-Level Sectional/Multibody/3DFEM Analysis". Multibody System Dynamics. 2013.


Bottasso CL, Campagnolo F, Tibaldi C: "Optimization-Based Study of Bend-Twist Coupled Rotor Blades for Passive and Integrated Passive/Active Load Alleviation". Wind Energy. 2013; 16(8): 1149-1166.