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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
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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