Chief Energy Storage Engineer Ahmad Pesaran has been elected to the distinction of Fellow from SAE International, a U.S.-based association for engineers and other technical experts specialising in automotive, commercial-vehicle, and aerospace industries throughout the world.
Established in 1975, SAE’s prestigious Fellow designation is the highest grade of membership that recognises and honours long-term members who have made a significant impact on society’s mobility technology through leadership, research, and innovation.
Pesaran said, “It is an honour to be elected as an SAE Fellow. SAE publications and conferences provide state-of-the-art information about mobility to many engineers and researchers like me. It’s a great feeling to know that SAE recognises my NREL contributions have been useful for others in the electric mobility arena.”
Over his last three decades at NREL, Pesaran’s impact in the field of mobility includes making key contributions to the first production-feasible hybrid-electric vehicle prototypes, pioneering the use of infrared thermal imaging of cells, modules, and batteries in order to improve lithium-ion battery performance, conducting battery thermal analysis and characterisation studies, leading the development of computer-aided engineering tools for automotive battery applications, and innovating methods for evaluating battery thermal runaway.
His globally recognised expertise and influence has secured NREL’s status.