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Stan Bull, Long-Time NREL Leader, Named AAAS Fellow

January 11, 2011

Stanley R. Bull, former associate director for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bull, a Midwest Research Institute vice president when he served at NREL, is now MRI’s director of Energy Programs and an NREL emeritus researcher. He was cited for “distinguished leadership in creating new programs, development of students and staff, and outreach to the technical, policy, and public communities on sustainable energy.”

Bull said he was honored to be tapped for the distinguished award, and said his greatest satisfactions have been the successes of the students he mentored and the NREL colleagues he supervised. His goal always has been “to empower, motivate, support, and protect them so they can be innovative and productive.”

The best way to accelerate the commercialization of renewable energy is to partner with existing energy companies, including the fossil-fuel industry, and to “provide our technologies in forms that integrate seamlessly and have inherent advantages with their existing infrastructure,” Bull said. He is confident that renewable energy scientists and engineers at NREL, MRI, and elsewhere will close the technological gap soon to bring solar, wind, biomass and other renewables to cost parity with carbon-based fuels.

Bull has a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University and a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His degrees are in chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.  Professional recognition and honors include a Senior Fulbright-Hays Professorship in Grenoble, France, and the Secretary of Energy Outstanding Program Manager Award.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) on Feb. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the AAAS chief executive officer. This year, 503 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, serving 10 million people. Its mission is to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. The AAAS is publisher of the journal, Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, a limited liability company that is equally owned and governed by Battelle and Midwest Research Institute.


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