Rafael's expertise is in scientific computing, and his mission is to continuously improve the quality of the software-based implementation of NREL's research. His interests are in parallel computing, distributed computing, general-purpose computing on graphics processing units, signal processing, and numerical methods.

Research Interests

High performance computing

Computational engineering

Multiphysics modeling

Sustainable software development


M.E., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Associations and Memberships

U.S. Research Software Engineer Association

NREL Software Engineering Professional Interest Group

Awards and Honors

Better Scientific Software Fellowship (2023)

Better Scientific Software Fellowship Honorable Mention (2022)

NREL January Employee of the Month (2020)

NREL Tech Transfer Office Key Contributor Award (2019)