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NREL Director Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Golden, Colo., Feb. 18, 2000 - Richard Truly, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, an honor that is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

He was cited by the academy for leadership and personal contributions in the advancement of national civil and military space programs. Academy membership recognizes those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in pioneering new and developing fields of technology," according to Academy president William A. Wulf. Truly has been director of NREL since May 1997. The laboratory is the nation's premiere facility for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, development and deployment.

Before coming to NREL, Truly served as vice president and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He was NASA's eighth administrator, from 1989 to 1992. His career in the aviation and space programs of the Navy and NASA spanned 35 years. He retired from the Navy as vice admiral after 30 years.

Truly graduated from Georgia Tech in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. He has received honorary doctorates of science from Millsaps College and Duquesne University and an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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