Rob Farrington

1980 …2020

Research Activity per Year


Personal Profile

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

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)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado


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