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Greg Rucks



Greg is currently leading initiatives within RMI’s transportation practice focused on intelligent urban mobility and lightweight vehicle design. He brings to RMI his experience in aviation, agriculture, international development, and structural design and analysis. Since joining RMI in December 2010, Greg coauthored the transportation chapter of Reinventing Fire, helped establish 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).


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.


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