Jeff Muhs to Lead Energy Dynamics Laboratory

By Eric Warren
Utah State University Research Foundation
June 14, 2010

NORTH LOGAN –The Utah State University Research Foundation has named Jeff Muhs as director of its Energy Dynamics Laboratory, headquartered in North Logan, Utah. The appointment became effective on June 11, 2010.

Muhs will lead a team dedicated to the rapid translation of applied research into practical energy solutions and the creation of transformational energy systems. Muhs previously served as deputy director of EDL. He replaces Dr. Douglas K. Lemon as director. Lemon has been appointed president of USURF.

"Jeff has been a driving force in energy solution efforts at both USU and EDL, and has been key in building relationships with partners such as the Idaho National Laboratory and organizations throughout the Uintah Basin – a vital area for unconventional fuels,” said Lemon. “Jeff’s 20 years of industry leadership, coupled with his ability to quickly establish beneficial partnerships, will enable EDL to grow from $4 million in revenue this year towards a goal of $25 million per year by 2015.”

In 2007, Muhs was hired into the USU system as a Utah Science Technology and Research initiative research principal investigator where he worked with faculty colleagues to successfully launch and grow the USU Biofuels Center into a thriving research operation in less than three years. Earlier this year, Muhs testified before the U.S. Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Committee as an expert witness on the topic of beneficial reuse of carbon.

Prior to joining USU, Jeff was employed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 18 years where he was named “Engineer/Scientist of the Year” and “Science Communicator of the Year” in 1997 and 2004, respectively. Muhs has over a dozen patents to his credit, three of which are now commercial products: fiber optic splitters used in LANs, a vehicle weigh-in-motion system, and a solar lighting system for which he received a prestigious R&D 100 Award in 2006. Muhs has served as an energy and science policy advisor in the U.S. Senate, drafting several provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and America COMPETES Act.

EDL was formed in 2009 to expand USURF’s value to USU and benefit to the nation by creating transformational, systems-level solutions to America’s energy challenges. EDL’s three primary business areas are clean and unconventional fossil energy, advanced electric transportation, and intuitive or intelligent buildings. EDL also has focused efforts in biofuels and wind characterization. Through these programs, EDL is leading the way in developing resources, technologies and systems that will be critical to the energy security of the United States in the 21st Century and beyond.

USURF is a nonprofit corporation owned by USU. Its purpose is to conduct applied research, engineering development and translate innovative technologies into real-world solutions. USURF employs 450 staff members in North Logan, Utah; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; Bedford, Mass.; Houston, Texas; and Park City, Utah.


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