Dr. Vining received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas - Austin in and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, minoring in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While in Austin, Jennifer worked for IBM and the Applied Research Laboratories: UT Austin before moving to Madison for graduate school. Upon finishing her Masters, she worked in Warwick, UK at Ocean Power Technologies. Her work in the UK and various other marine renewables consulting positions served to complement her research in the area of modeling and design of electric drives and controls for marine renewables, leading to her Ph.D. dissertation "A Doubly-Fed Linear Generation for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion". Dr. Vining now works on hybrid powertrain development at Daimler within the Dept. of Energy SuperTruck program.