Bob Thresher earned a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1962. He returned to Michigan Tech after working for the Boeing Company to receive a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1967, followed by a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1970. After completing his doctorate, he worked as a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. He then spent four years as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University and was the Acting Director of the Energy Research and Development Institute.
Currently he serves as Director of the National Wind Technology Division of the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. Thresher is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is a member of the International Solar Energy Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, ASME, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds one patent and has over 70 technical publications and reports. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado.
From 1996 Induction to the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy