National Academy of Engineering Bestows Honor on Deputy Laboratory Director Peter Green

Feb. 10, 2023 | By Jeffrey Wolf | Contact media relations

It is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can achieve, and earlier this week the National Academy of Engineering bestowed it on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) own Peter Green for his outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.

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NREL Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology Peter Green is now an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.

NREL’s deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology and chief research officer, Green is among 124 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). This puts him in elite company, as the NAE only has 2,739 members worldwide.

After a yearlong process, the NAE selected Green for his contributions in the physics of polymer diffusion, glass behavior, and organic electronic devices and leadership in energy technologies. 

“I am deeply appreciative of and humbled by this election to the NAE,” Green said. “It is especially gratifying because this was decided by peers recognizing my contributions, including scientific and applied research and leadership in the broader science and technology community and at NREL. Indeed, mentors, former students, and colleagues in former institutions and here at NREL have played an important role in my success. I have had the privilege and good fortune to work with exceptional individuals ever since my arrival in America in 1977.”

“I'm delighted for Peter on this well-deserved recognition. Since joining the lab as deputy laboratory director for science and technology in 2016, he has provided strong leadership as we expand and pursue our research goals and strengthen our core capabilities,” said Martin Keller, director of NREL. “Peter's extensive research experience, including 20 years in academia as a professor and department head and 11 years at Sandia National Laboratories, has made him an exemplary leader as NREL continues to grow and evolve. I am very happy to have Peter on our team and congratulate him on this honor.”

In addition to more than a decade at Sandia, Green also served as a professor at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan.

Green will be inducted into the NAE in October.