WES Engineering Staff

Wes E. Slaymaker [ bio | resume ]

Mr. Slaymaker has twelve years of experience working in the wind energy business. He is currently President of WES Engineering Inc, an eleven person firm specializing in wind project development for mid sized turbines for Schools, Farms and Industrial Clients.

He has a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has assisted in all aspects of the development, construction management, and operations of wind turbine projects ranging in size from a single 35kW turbine in Minnesota, to a 10 MW wind turbine project in Wisconsin.

Mr. Slaymaker’s duties include the installation and monitoring of wind measurement equipment, assistance in operations of wind turbines, turbine layout, permitting, electrical interconnection and construction supervision.

 

 

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Mike Stocking - Wind Engineer

Mr. Stocking has a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His renewable energy career began with R&D work for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He next served as a Project Manager for a small solar and wind installation company, SGES in Madison, WI. At SGES, his responsibilities included acting as  Installed Systems Manager for a fleet of 35 wind turbines, and as Engineer II, where he was responsible for data acquisition, analysis, and reporting for a large fleet of meteorological towers. Mr Stocking’s work at WES Engineering focuses primarily on O&M management, SCADA and data systems, wind resource analysis, and project development support.

 

 

 

 

Roy Rakobitsch - Wind Technician III

Mr. Rakobitsch leads the mid size wind turbine maintenance and repair activities, he has sev- en years experience installing and repairing wind turbines from 1kW to 50kW (Bergey, Gaia, Endurance), including three years as an Endurance wind turbine technician, is climb and safe- ty certified, and works from the Cashton WI location. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Diana Cohen - Office Manager/Bookkeeper
and Project Technician

Ms Cohen is a technician responsible for downloading of wind data from site met towers, qual- ity checks of the data, monthly reports, as well as a host of office manager and accounting tasks. 

 

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Jacob C. Stacken - Wind Assessment Technician and Meteorologist

At WES Engineering, Mr. Stacken performs wind data analysis. He takes data from wind measurement towers and from airports and creates long term wind speed estimates. Prior to his position at WES, he worked for WindLogics Inc as an Associate Production Scientist and worked on numerical weather model operation, data analysis, report generation and consult- ing. Mr Stacken worked at the Oklahoma Daily Newspaper as meteorologist and designed and produced graphical and text forecasts. Mr. Stacken has a Bachelor of Science in Mete- orology, cum laude honors from St. Cloud State University.  

 

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Jason Plantenberg - Wind Technician II

Mr. Plantenberg assists in turbine maintenance and repair activities, he has five years experi- ence installing and repairing wind turbines in the 10kw to 100kW size including Vestas V15, Northern Power 100kW and Endurance 50kW, is climb and safety certified, and works from the Madison, WI location. 

 

Kevin PrevostWind Technician

Mr. Prevost assists in turbine maintenance and repair activities. He has four years experience installing and repairing wind measurement towers and instruments, is climb and safety certi- fied, and works from the Cashton, WI location. Mr Prevost has worked in past as an under wa- ter welder on offshore oil rigs, and most recently was crew leader for Baseline Renewables in installation of 60m tall guyed towers. 

 

 

 

Jason VidasWind Technician 

Mr. Vidas assists in turbine maintenance and repair activities, he has five years experience installing and repairing wind measurement towers and instruments, is climb and safety certified, and works from the Cashton WI location. 

Roy Kryzer - Wind Technician II

Mr. Kryzer assists in turbine maintenance and repair activities at Lewiston where he lives and farms. Mr Kryzer has over ten years experience as a electrician working on commercial buildings, as well as his more recent experience operating a large farm including grain crops and livestock. Mr Kryzer also provides project maintenance of access roads and upkeep of the parts storage and maintenance shop on-site. 

 

David Kiedrowski - Wind Technician II

Mr Kiedrowski is a part time turbine operation engineer and turbine technician. He has four years prior experience working for Endurance Wind assisting in design improvements and re- pairs of their fleet of over 300 wind turbines. Dave monitors turbine operations via remote computer connection and assists with turbine repairs at other sites on an as-needed basis. 

 

Eric Meyer - Wind Technician I