Dr. A. Hunter Fanney is the chief of and a supervisory mechanical engineer in the Building Environment Division (BED) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Fanney joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1977. He initially led a team that conducted experimental and analytical studies of solar water-heating systems. In 1984 he became leader of the Heat Transfer and Alternative Energy Systems Group. He was selected to lead NIST’s Building Environment Division in 2007.
Before joining NIST, Dr. Fanney worked as a research and development engineer at E.I. du Point de Nemours and Company. His duties included development, testing, and commercialization of equipment used in production of textile fibers, and development of innovative instrumentation.
Dr. Fanney is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, having served as Chairman of ASME's Solar Energy Division and a member of the ASME's Energy Resources Board. In addition to his ASME activities, Dr. Fanney is a member of ASHRAE, ASTM, Phi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma XI, and a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society.
Dr. Fanney has received numerous ASME Best Paper Awards and the Building and Fire Research Laboratory's Communicator Award.
He has been the recipient of two Department of Commerce Bronze Medals. He has authored over 60 technical papers and co-authored a chapter entitled “Technical and Economic Analysis of CFC-Blown Insulations and Substitutes for Residential and Commercial Construction.”
Dr. Fanney holds a patent for an innovative solar water heating system. In 1996 he received the Federal Laboratory's Consortium Excellence in Technology Transfer Award. Dr. Fanney was selected by the National Society of Professional Engineers as the Department of Commerce's “Engineer of the Year” in 1998 and received a Maryland Governor's Citation in 1999. Dr. Fanney was selected as the 2006 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) John I. Yellott Award for his contributions in the field of solar energy. In 2009, Dr. Fanney was recognized with a Department of Commerce Silver Medal for the development of appliance test procedures that forms the basis of the U.S. Appliance Energy Labeling Program.
He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.