- Ph.D., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2018
- MSE, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015
- B.S.E., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014
- Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
Dr. Brefort is a naval architect and marine engineer who specializes in design, analysis, and installation of floating offshore structures and their mooring systems. He has broad experience in the floating offshore wind sector, where he has worked on some of the world's largest floating wind farms to date. This includes the identification of project drivers in the early design stages, initial sizing of floating units, stability analysis, numerical modeling and dynamic analysis of these platforms and their mooring systems in extreme storm events and for fatigue considerations, and final installation of these platforms offshore.
Dr. Brefort has also acted as client representative and technical advisor during the implementation phases of floating windfarm projects, with responsibilities including port selection for turbine-platform integration works; mooring hardware procurement for anchors, fiber rope, and chains; and offshore installation campaigns of mooring systems, subsea electric cables, and platform hook-up.
Prior to working in the offshore wind industry, Dr. Brefort completed his Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan with a focus on design optimization applied to early stage ship design. There he developed a framework for incorporating ill-structured and imprecise human knowledge into synthesis models to allow their use in mathematical optimization codes.