Scott Curran

Scott J Curran

Group Leader, Fuel Science and Engine Technologies Research


Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2014

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2009

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2007 

Dr. Scott Curran leads the Fuel Science and Engine Technologies Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His research areas include advanced compression ignition experimental research including the development of advanced combustion concepts and investigating the fuel effects on advanced combustion modes. He is involved with low-lifecycle carbon fuels research for transportation and also leads natural gas research and analysis projects. He is also involved in vehicle systems research projects, well-to-wheels analysis for mobile and stationary power sources, the Sustainable ORNL Initiative and is an active collaborator with DOE Clean Cities for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology outreach and education and serves on the board of directors for the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. He served as the vehicle lead for the ORNL Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project where ORNL 3D-printed a working range extender vehicle and a small house which share energy.  He received his BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UT). He completed his PhD degree in Energy Science and Engineering in 2014 within the UT/ORNL Bredesen Center becoming one of the first of two graduates from the program. 


2019 Global Grand Challenges Summit Invitee
2019 National Academies Frontiers of Engineering Program (GAFOE symposium)
2017 ORNL Exceptional Effort Award: UDI SAB Support
2016 ORNL Significant Achievement Award: AMIE Demo Project
2015 SAE International Stefan Pischinger Award for Young Industry Leadership
2014 SAE International McFarland Award
2014 ORNL Significant Achievement Award: SuperTruck
2013 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Research & Development Award
2013 ASME Old Guard Early Career Award + Lifetime membership
2013 ORNL Community Sustainability Award
2013 SAE Engineering Meetings Board Outstanding Oral Presentation
2012 ASME Best Presentation Award (2012 ICED Conference)
2011 ORNL Significant Achievement Award – DOE JOULE Milestone 45% efficiency
2008 Star Volunteer Award – ET Clean Fuels Coalition
2007-2008 US Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Fellow


National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF)