Director, Sustainable Transportation Program
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Ron Graves is presently the Director of the Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center (FEERC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1976 after receiving his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He was national project manager for the DOE Alternative Fuels Utilization Program from 1984 to 1990 during which he started the fuels-engine laboratory at ORNL that grew to be FEERC. He was technical manager of DOE's earliest projects in diesel emission controls. Ron was chosen by DOE as the technical coordinator for the Diesel Crosscut Team in 1997 and continues in that role. He was a member of the DOE/Industry Advanced Petroleum Based Fuels (APBF) Steering Committee, the DOE program that contributed heavily to the EPA rule for lowering sulfur in diesel fuel in December 2000. Dr. Graves is ORNL's representative to the 21st Century Truck Partnership "Lab Council" and is responsible for facilitating the engine-fuels efforts in that government-industry initiative. He was a major contributor to preparation of DOE's Heavy Vehicle R&D plans from 1983-1997 and then authored the emission-control sections of the 21st Century Truck Technical Roadmap in 2000. He is an invited member of the FreedomCAR Advanced Combustion & Emission Control Tech Team.
He is a member of the Coordinating Research Council Working Group on Advanced Vehicle Fuels and Lubricants. Ron has a record of over 55 publications and reports that encompass subjects in fossil energy, internal combustion engines, fuels, and materials. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has organized or chaired about twenty-five technical sessions and has participated on numerous expert panels. He has three patents, with one additional in progress. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.