Dr. Ally is a senior research staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory with 37 years of R&D and project management experience. His research experience includes energy conservation technologies, adsorption and absorption processes, thermodynamics, ground source heat pumps, and chemical separations. Dr. Ally contributed to Policy Options to Promote Energy Efficiency for the Obama Administration. The study was sponsored by the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program. The leading technical document was published by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/TM-2009/104. Dr. Ally’s was part of the team that helped develop the Trilogy™ 40 Q-Mode ground source heat pump certified by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to exceed 40 EER.. He co-developed the modern theory of aqueous electrolytes for application in sorption heat pumps, atmospheric sciences, and climate change modeling, known as the Ally-Braunstein theory.
Awards during employment at ORNL include: The Federal Laboratory Consortium Award (2014); RD100 Award (2013); Discover Magazine (July 2000), UT-Battelle, Lockheed-Martin Energy Research Corporation: Inventor of the Year Award (2000), Technical Achievement Award (2000), Distinguished Scientist Award, Chemical Technology Division (1998), Technology Transfer Award (1996), Special Achievement Award, Chemical Technology Division (1993), and is a recipient of Silver Acorn, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., (1995). He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, two Patents, 27 technical reports and over 32 presentations at National and International Conferences.