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NREL's National Wind Technology Center Director
Named ASME Fellow

For more information contact:
Terry Monrad, (303) 275-4096

Golden, Colo., January 25, 1996 -- Dr. Robert W. Thresher, director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), will receive the grade of Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in ceremonies Jan. 29, 1996, in Houston, Texas.

The NWTC, part of the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), conducts research on advanced wind systems for the government and U.S. wind industry.

Thresher was director of the NREL's Wind Technology Division before becoming founding director of the NWTC. He joined NREL in 1984 following a 14-year stint as professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University.

The ASME Fellow honor is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of engineering practice who have made "significant contributions" to the field. ASME is a worldwide engineering society focused on technical, education and research issues.

Thresher received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1970.