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Greg Rucks

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  • Mobility Transformation

Greg Rucks is a Principal in RMI’s Transportation Practice and is currently managing a multi-year partnership with the Austin community to develop and implement technology and world-class solutions for transforming mobility: enhancing transit information, offering a wider variety of cost-effective, convenient, and tech-enabled commuter options, enabling mobility-oriented land use and city development, and ultimately shifting from a fossil-fueled, personal-vehicle-based mobility system toward one defined by fully autonomous, electrified, on-demand mobility. With an eye on replicability, Greg is also helping scale solutions from Austin to other global cities, starting with Denver, which will also share leading edge solutions with Austin.

Since joining RMI in December 2010, Greg coauthored the transportation chapter of Reinventing Fire (a comprehensive roadmap for transitioning the U.S. off of coal and oil by 2050 and natural gas soon thereafter), led a commercialization effort focused on lightweight-vehicle design and development that has since been funded by the Department of Energy (RMI’s Autocomposites Project), and participated in initiatives and client-collaboration projects across RMI’s practice areas, including efficient-electric-vehicle design for a German automaker, a deep building retrofit for a national retail headquarters in New York, whole-system industrial process design for a European energy major, a comprehensive community greenhouse-gas reduction strategy for the City of Fort Collins, a cost-reduction strategy for installation of rooftop solar in the U.S., and economic deployment of distributed energy resources through his work with RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab).

BACKGROUND

Prior to joining RMI, Greg completed a CUSO-VSO volunteer placement in northern Ghana to improve agricultural yields and harvest efficiency among subsistence farmers. At Columbia University he teamed with the Earth Institute on an initiative to supply solar power and multi-use vehicles to a village in eastern Kenya. During Greg’s four-year tenure with The Boeing Company, he co-founded and led the 787 Optimization Center, a collaborative resource center and cross-functional engineering team delivering lightweight design solutions for the 787.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of English Literature, Colorado College, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, 2004

LOCATION

Basalt, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

As far back as the 1973 Arab oil embargo, natural gas has been considered as a transportation fuel—and understandably so since it burns cleaner than oil. A recent boom in domestic production offers tantalizingly low prices and the potential to ease U.S. dependence on foreign oil. However, like any alternative…

Outlet Blog Post

According to AAA, an estimated 5.6 million Americans took to the skies this past year-end holiday season, defined as the 12-day period lasting December 22 through January 1. But unless you were flying into or out of a major hub, you probably weren’t rejoicing that you had a…

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Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting Pre-Read

Respondents were from across the supply chain: OEMs, tier 1s, material suppliers, equipment and tooling suppliers, government, universities, national labs, and industry consultants.18 of 21 respondents indicated they are “very interested” in a carbon fiber composite part commercialization effort. Respondents were willing to contribute to the effort: 14 said they…

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Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting: Post Meeting Report

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A clearing house for aligning academic, private, and government R&D with industry needs
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Autocomposites Workshop Pre-Read

RMI is committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence and enhancing the competitive positioning of the U.S. automotive sector by catalyzing a shift to ultralight, ultrastrong autobodies made of advanced materials, particularly carbon fiber composites. Light autobodies dramatically improve fuel efficiency and allow powertrains to be smaller, lighter, more efficient, and…

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Kickstarting the Widespread Adoption of Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites: Key Findings and Next Steps

This report details the results of RMI’s 2012 Autocomposites Workshop. During the course of a three-day workshop, ~40 leading experts from across the automotive carbon fiber composite value chain, industry experts, and government representatives convened to develop approaches to break down the barriers that have stifled advancements in vehicle weight…

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RMI Answers Your Questions: Autocomposites

On Thursday, February 7, RMI hosted a Google Hangout focused on lightweight, ultra-strong carbon fiber composites as a key enabler of dramatically increased fuel efficiency and vehicle electrification. Today Greg Rucks, RMI consultant, answers your questions from the Hangout.