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Rob Farrington

Strategic Planning and Business Development


Robert “Rob” Farrington began his NREL career in 1979. Today, he works in the Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences strategic planning and business development arenas. Previously, he managed the center's advanced vehicle systems work and the U.S. Department of Energy/Ford Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion Systems Project.

Farrington is experienced with measurement techniques and uncertainty analysis, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, thermal analysis, modeling, reliability testing, and project management. He has applied that expertise to solar thermal systems, building energy systems, vehicle propulsion technologies, and vehicle thermal management.

Farrington holds four patents and has published more than 70 reports, papers, and articles.

Research Interests

Automotive systems

Advanced power electronics

Fluid dynamics

Heat transfer

Experimental design and measurement uncertainty analysis

Transportation research


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

Professional Experience

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado (1984–Present)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory:

Strategic Planning and Business Development Manager (2017–Present)

Principal Research Engineer and Manager, Advanced Vehicle Systems Group (2002–2017)

Principal Research Engineer, Vehicle Auxiliary Loads Project Leader (1998–2003)

Senior Mechanical Engineer II, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team Leader (1992–1998)

Senior Mechanical Engineer I, Air Flow Team Leader (1990–1992)

Staff Mechanical Engineer (1983–1990)

Associate Mechanical Engineer (1979–1982)

Community College of Denver at Red Rocks, Colorado, Instructor (1980–1981)

Flack and Kurtz Consulting Engineers (1978–1979)

Featured Work

Hybrid Automotive Power Systems, AccessScience (2008)

Overview of Vehicle Test and Analysis Results from NREL's A/C Fuel Use Reduction Research, Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference (2007)

Predicting Human Thermal Comfort in a Transient Nonuniform Thermal Environment, European Journal of Applied Physiology (2004)

Observations of a Planar Jet Subjected to Large-Amplitude, Low-Frequency Disturbances, AIAA Journal (1995)

Infrared Imaging of Large-Amplitude, Low-Frequency Disturbances on a Planar Jet, AIAA Journal (1994)

Infrared Imaging Results of an Excited Planar Jet, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering (1993)

Evaluation of Solar Domestic Hot Water Control Systems, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering (1984)

View all NREL publications by Rob Farrington.


Solar System Fault Detection, U.S. Patent No. 4,626,832

Means for Increasing Jet Entrainment, Mixing and Spreading, U.S. Patent No. 5,338,254

Enhancement of Wall Jet Transport Properties, U.S. Patent No. 5,599,229

Vehicle Cabin Cooling System for Capturing and Exhausting Heated Boundary Layer Air from Inter Surfaces of Solar Heated Windows, U.S. Patent No. 6,186,886

Awards and Honors

Graduated with Academic Distinction from Columbia University

Listed in Strathmore’s Millennium Edition of Who’s Who:

Who's Who in the World

Who’s Who in America

Who's Who in the West

Who's Who in Finance and Industry

Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology

Who's Who in Science and Engineering

Who's Who Among Young American Professionals

Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America