Head of Department of Engineering and Safety, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Dr Birkelund has been working at UiT The Arctic University of Norway for almost 20 years, the last 7 years within the field of renewable energy. He is currently the head of Department of Engineering and Safety, and holds a professor position in renewable energy at the Department of Physics and Technology. He finished his master degree in Applied Physics in 1998, and a PhD in Science in 2003, both at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Birkelund has a long and broad research background, working with statistical signal processing, non-linear systems, biomedical technology and microwave engineering. He has been a visiting researcher at University of Texas at Austin, Texas, and at Duke University, North Carolina, and he spent the spring 2018 at the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, working with wind power prediction and numerical weather modelling using WRF.