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Daniel Leighton

Researcher III-Systems Engineering

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A hydrogen infrastructure research engineer, Daniel Leighton leads the hydrogen infrastructure and end-use team in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. He also serves as the lead engineer overseeing two key projects—the building of an integrated, megawatt-scale hydrogen electrolysis, compression, energy storage, and fuel cell system at NREL’s Flatirons campus and the upgrade of the hydrogen fueling station at NREL’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility to accommodate medium- and heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles.

Education

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

Professional Experience

Hydrogen Infrastructure Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2017–Present)

Residential Remodeler, Self Employed (2016–2017)

Vehicle Thermal Management Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2013–2016)

Faculty Research Assistant, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland (2011–2013)

Thermal Engineering Consultant , Optimized Thermal Systems (2011–2013)

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland (2010–2011)

Featured Work

Increasing EDV Range Through Intelligent Cabin Air Handling Strategies: Annual Progress Report, NREL Management Report (2016)

MATLAB/Simulink Framework for Modeling Complex Coolant Flow Configurations of Advanced Automotive Thermal Management Systems: Preprint, SAE World Congress (2016)

Combined Fluid Loop Thermal Management for Electric Drive Vehicle Range Improvement, SAE World Congress (2015)

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