Healy Wave Energy, LLC

The Team

The Team

James Healy

When James Healy received his degree from Northeastern in 1954, the concept of “environmental engineering” was still unknown, but as a born problem solver he would go on to tackle some of our world’s biggest environmental challenges, including gasoline vapor pollution control at service stations and alternative energy from ocean waves.

In his first job at consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Mr. Healy gained a reputation for solving clients’ most pressing technical problems. When clients began to ask specifically for him to solve their technical challenges, Mr. Healy decided to start his own business, Cambridge Engineering, in 1964. Though he would later change the name to Healy Systems, he served as president of this successful business for the next 42 years. Ninety-three US Patents were awarded to Mr. Healy during his professional career.

When Mr. Healy sold his business, he turned his attention to another environmental problem: leveraging the power of ocean waves as an alternative energy source. Mr. Healy had read about the difficulties of researchers worldwide in developing workable designs for wave energy conversion techniques to capture ocean waves’ energy to generate electricity. He began to brainstorm potential new systems which would be able to withstand the constantly changing forces of waves turning those unstable forces into a stable and consistent energy output.

Mr. Healy’s role has been that of both inventor and Chief Engineer. His WEC design has been awarded a US Patent and he has been acting as the Chief Engineer on the development of the WEC. Additionally, he has been responsible for bringing together the team and third party consultants whose specific expertise has been instrumental in completing the many and varied disciplines needed.

R. Glenn Akhavein

Glenn is a Professional Engineer possessing extensive knowledge in product development and design issues, including mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment. With a BSME and over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering, he has been intimately involved in every aspect of product development from early research in new technologies through product development, testing, prototyping, manufacturing support and improvement. Mr. Akhavein’s career has included working in engineering and engineering management for large multinational OEMs, contract mechanical and electrical manufacturing companies, and engineering consulting firms.

Mr. Akhavein is also experienced in forensic engineering as he has performed numerous failure analyses and provided improved designs to enhance product such as the work done to help solve the F-22’s respiratory problems, or the analysis and redesign of Lockheed’s Fortis exoskeleton. Other areas of forensic engineering involve product liability and product defect analysis. His knowledge in mechanical design, product development, and manufacturing has often been utilized in litigation to determine not only why a product failed but also if there were alternative designs that may have not failed. Mr. Akhavein holds several patents and his expertise in intellectual property has been sought by companies wishing to patent their IP as well as in patent disputes.

Mr. Akhavein’s primary responsibilities are in the areas of product design and engineering, engineering analysis, and he has also been acting as the Project Manager reporting to Mr. Healy. He has also been responsible for stress, fatigue, and impact analysis and basic CFD simulations all of which are necessary for any WEC design.

R. Dean Sells

Dean Sells is a Mechanical Designer with over 40 years of experience in the Manufacturing and Product Design arena. After voluntarily serving in the US Army with an honorable discharge he began his design career as a high speed progressive die designer. Mr. Sells advanced to tool making, mold making and mold design with various companies where his main focus became plastics. Mr. Sells started his own design engineering company in 1986 providing product design, mold design and mold building for local manufacturing companies. As a contractor, Mr. Sells served as a General Manager-Molding Division for a medical device manufacturer which produced devices and molded disposables for the devices. Mr. Sells also worked with a Fortune 100 company on a specialty Military Vehicle (EFSS) for the US Marines, converting fuel tanks to plastic, sub-systems design, and as Manufacturing Liaison at the Uni-body Frame manufacturer. Mr. Sells attended Lakeland Community College.

Mr. Sells’s primary responsibility on the Healy WEC has been that of a Design Engineer and expert in Solid Modeling. The Healy WEC is being fully designed using SolidWorks and Mr. Sells is the team’s in house expert in this area. These solid models are also being used for stress and CFD simulations.

Seshadri Sivakumar

Dr. Seshadri Sivakumar (Kumar) received a BSc degree in Mathematics from theUniversity of Madras, India, a BE degree in Electrical Technology and Electronics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and MScE and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.  Dr. Sivakumar is currently with Pasumai Energytech LLC, Richmond, CA, as the Chief Consultant specializing in power electronic product development and electrical system design for renewable energy applications.  He has led engineering and R&D assignments on power electronic products and systems for Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Bangalore, India, Pivotal Power Inc, Bedford, NS, Canada, MKS Instruments Ltd, Rochester, NY, United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT, and SunPower Corp, Richmond, CA. He was also an adjunct faculty in Electrical Engineering at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.

The development projects that Dr. Sivakumar has led include static excitation systems for utility grade synchronous generators, inverters with flexible power form for mobile tactical power generation, uninterruptible and no-break power supplies, static frequency converters, and helicopter starters for naval ships, high density power supplies for military helicopters, radio frequency plasma power supplies for semiconductor and solar panel manufacturing, and selection and coordinated control of inverters in large solar PV farms. 

Dr. Sivakumar has published over 45 peer reviewed technical articles in leading electrical engineering journals and conferences on subjects encompassing power electronic circuit design, radio frequency amplifiers, power system protection, power factor correction techniques, artificial neural networks, solar photovoltaic inverters, and smart control algorithms.

Dr. Sivakumar leads the electrical and control system development for the Healy WEC.  He is responsible for the selection and customization of power electronic converters, development of control algorithms, and system testing, verification and validation.

Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a Design Engineer with extensive experience in product and system design in Mechatronics, Process Control and Instrumentation. Mr. Murphy holds a BSEE degree from Manhattan College as well as an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology.  While his primary focus has been on Industrial applications, Mr. Murphy has a background in government and military applications.  He designed an airborne digital tape recorder used in the FAA's Semi-Automatic Flight Inspection program for monitoring the OMNI navigation system as well as other data acquisition applications.

With a geological team he designed and proved at sea an oceanographic data collection system for conducting bottom reflectivity studies. Other experience includes designing the supervisory control and data acquisition software used in the space suit in NASA's shuttle program, as well as package tracking and labeling systems for use in automatic sorting of packages both domestically (USPS, UPS) and abroad (Bertelsmann, DHL).

Mr. Murphy's primary role in the development of the Healy WEC has been that of reviewing the power generation work done to date and heading up the design and development of the control system.

Toby Dewhurst

Dr. Tobias Dewhurst (Toby) is an experimental and numerical hydrodynamicist who specializes in the interaction of floating structures with waves and currents. He earned his PhD at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) characterizing the dynamics of submersible mussel rafts. His fascination with applied hydrodynamics was born while developing hydrofoils for a solar-powered boat competition during his BSME at Cedarville University, OH. That interest led him to UNH, where he earned a master's degree in ocean engineering investigating test platforms for tidal energy conversion technologies before receiving his PhD in mechanical engineering for his aquaculture work. He also provides modeling expertise to wave energy developers, and has developed an award-winning outreach program for middle school students around the physics of buoys.

Glenn Werner

Glenn Werner’s 40+ year career has been spent in the design and documentation of a wide variety of products and systems.  While in the Navy working as an Electronic Technician aboard the USNS Chauvenet (a hydrographic survey ship attached to Naval Oceanographics Office), he was operating a geoceiver, one of the first global positioning systems, and this work with a Motorola designed product led to a career choice in the area of printed circuit board design and electronic packaging.  Mr. Werner then went on to work on the design of industrial equipment such as plasma cutters and other high power circuit board related products and then on to microwave amplifiers and components used in the Space Shuttle, its ground station, and other high power microwave transmitters as well as high frequency PCB enclosures used in the F-22 and F-35 jets.  He holds two US Patents.

Mr. Werner’s primary responsibilities on the Healy WEC have been to work on the electrical and control systems and create the necessary documentation associated with those systems.