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Scott Cary leads the ports and airports program within the Energy Systems Integration directorate of NREL. He aligns port and airport research lab-wide, integrating the unique expertise of a Department of Energy national laboratory with aviation and maritime needs. In addition to supporting near term resilience, sustainable transportation, and energy needs, Cary also leads the Sustainable Aviation initiative, looking at the next generation of fuels, infrastructure, and aircraft. Clients currently include multiple large hub airports, the FAA, NASA, and industry collaboration across the Advance Air Mobility spectrum. Prior to joining NREL, Cary led programs for airports, Department of Defense facilities, and federal agencies across a spectrum of planning, finance, design, acquisition, and construction activities. He is an Air Force Civil Engineering veteran, a licensed professional engineer, and LEED accredited professional. 

Research Interests

Aviation electrification

Airport electrification/resiliency

Construction material decarbonization (Portland cement, asphalt, etc.)

Sustainable aviation

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder


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