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Ken Kelly

Professional Title: Chief Engineer for Commercial Vehicle Electrification

Organization: National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Sessions: Session 6


As Chief Engineer for Commercial Vehicle Electrification at the National Renewable Energy Lab, Ken provides strategic leadership, technical expertise, and project management across a range of research projects focused on electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Ken has over 30 years of experience working with government and industry partners conducting vehicle technology research. While at NREL, Ken has conducted research in a wide array of advanced vehicle and transportation technologies including medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies; alternative fuel vehicle emissions; hybrid electric vehicle systems; advanced heat transfer technologies; computer aided engineering and robust design methods. He has authored or co-authored over 200 technical publications in these research areas. Ken also spent two years on assignment at the Hawaii State Energy Office as NREL’s Senior Project Leader of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI). Ken holds M.S. and B.S degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University. His industry experience includes work as a manufacturing engineer at Swagelok Corporation and at Sun Power Inc. specializing in Stirling engine technologies.