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NREL Researcher Jason Lustbader Recognized with SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award

July 27, 2016

On July 14, 2016, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Research Engineer Jason Lustbader was recognized with an SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award. The award honors individuals who make outstanding presentations at the SAE World Congress, an international gathering of more than 10,000 automotive engineers and scientists.

"Our findings on reducing HVAC loads and idling fuel consumption were made in collaboration with partners at Volvo Group North America, Aearo Technologies, and PPG Industries," said Lustbader, who leads NREL's heavy-duty vehicle thermal management research. "It is always exciting to share these advancements with our fellow engineers, but it is especially gratifying to see such an enthusiastic response from this distinguished group."

Lustbader received the recognition for his presentation Long-Haul Truck Sleeper Heating Load Reduction Package for Rest Period Idling as part of a session focusing on climate control and thermal performance. Award evaluations were made by audience members at this year's SAE World Congress in Detroit.

Lustbader has long played an active role in SAE, organizing sessions at meetings including SAE World Congress and peer reviewing technical papers. Established as the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE International is a global body of more than 138,000 scientists and engineers who specialize in automotive and other transportation sector research and development.

Lustbader and his team of NREL researchers help heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers and operators optimize truck heating and cooling systems and improve energy efficiency while reducing operating expenses, fuel consumption, and tailpipe emissions. As the only national laboratory solely dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency, NREL spearheads the R&D needed to put sustainable transportation solutions on the road. The laboratory's innovative and integrated approach helps government, industry, and other partners develop and deploy the components and systems needed for market-ready, high-performance, low-emission, fuel-efficient passenger and freight vehicles, as well as alternative fuels and related infrastructure.

—Anya Breitenbach