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NREL Engineer Honored with Distinguished Speaker Award

March 1, 2011

John Rugh, a senior engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is one of five recipients of the 2011 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Rugh is being honored because of his outstanding public speaking skills and for delivering high-quality presentations during SAE technical sessions. Among his many presentations at SAE sessions, Rugh has covered a variety of topics including techniques to reduce thermal loads and air conditioning fuel use in vehicles, thermal comfort measurement and analysis in automobiles, and a vehicle-level test procedure to measure air conditioning fuel use.

"John has presented excellent technical papers which have been well-received by industry," said Rob Farrington, manager of NREL's Advanced Vehicle Systems Group. "His receiving this award is also an acknowledgment of the outstanding research conducted at NREL. It's quite an honor."

Rugh is the first NREL employee to receive this award. He will be formally recognized during a special ceremony at the 2011 SAE World Congress in April.