Ph.D. — Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Sciences
Ray Stults is the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at NREL. Dr. Stults is responsible for the fundamental research at NREL including: chemistry, biology, physics, scientific computing and materials science. He is the program manager for research at NREL sponsored by DOE's Office of Science and he leads NREL's expansion of basic research programs that underpin NREL's applied research in solar, biomass, wind, buildings, and transportation. Dr. Stults develops and maintains effective business relationships with government and industry and works with NREL management and staff to maintain and strengthen established research programs in addition to developing new programs that meet U.S. energy demands.
Dr. Stults has more than thirty years of experience in conducting and managing research in industry and at four DOE National Laboratories. He received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1974 and completed a two-year post doctoral assignment at Texas A&M University under Professor F. A. Cotton. Joining the Central Research Laboratories of Monsanto Company in 1976, he advanced to the position of Monsanto Fellow before joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1986. Over his fifteen years at PNNL, Dr. Stults held several management positions and was a leader in the design and construction of a $230M national user facility, the Environmental Molecular Sciences laboratory (EMSL). Ray joined the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory as Associate Director for Science in 2000; transferred to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2003 as Director for Office of Science Programs; and, assumed his NREL position in April 2005.
A hallmark of Dr. Stults' career has been the development and utilization of DOE national user facilities. In 1980, he began conducting research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and was instrumental in the justification and construction of specialized beam-lines for environmental research at both the SSRL and Argonne's Advanced Photon Source. He led the development of PNNL's proposal to DOE that resulted in the construction of the EMSL; he was instrumental in developing the capture strategy for Battelle's winning proposal to manage and operate the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and, he most recently led the effort to construct a new nano-scale science center at Los Alamos.