Dr. Michael Sprague is a Principal Scientist in the National Wind Technology Center and Acting Group Manager for the Wind Energy Science group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is leading several projects in high-fidelity modeling and high-performance computing for wind energy, including the ExaWind subproject of the Exascale Computing Project. He was program chair for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy "Turbulent Flow Simulation at the Exascale: Opportunities and Challenges Workshop." Before coming to NREL in 2010, Dr. Sprague spent five years as assistant professor and founding faculty in applied mathematics at the University of California, Merced, where he was the lead in developing a new graduate program in applied mathematics. He graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.