Dr. Frank Kreith has taught at the University of California, Lehigh University, and the University of Colorado, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Engineering. From 1988 to 2001 he was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (ASME) Legislative Fellow for Energy and Environment at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) where he provided assistance on energy, transportation and environmental protection to legislators in all fifty state governments. Prior to joining NCSL in 1988, Dr. Kreith was the Chief of Thermal Research at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), currently the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. During his tenure at SERI, he participated in the Presidential Domestic Energy Review, served as an energy advisor to the Governor of Colorado, and was the editor of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.
He is the author of over a hundred peer‐reviewed articles and of textbooks on heat transfer, solar energy and transportation. He is the recipient of the Charles Greeley Abbot Award from American Solar Energy Society and the Max Jakob Award from ASME‐AIChE, and in 1997 he received the Washington Award for “unselfish and preeminent service in advancing human progress.” In 1998, Dr. Kreith was awarded the ASME medal for research, publications and public service and in 2004 he was named ASME Honorary Member. In 2005 the ASME established the Frank Kreith Energy Award in recognition of Dr. Kreith’s contribution to heat transfer and renewable energy. He now teaches an Honors course on Sustainable Energy at the University of Colorado and published a text on this topic in 2010.