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Art Anderson, Laboratory Program Manager, Grid Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Art Anderson manages the lab’s programmatic contributions to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Grid Modernization Initiative. His prior experience includes 9 years at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), where he led the design and construction of PG&E’s Smart Meter Communications Laboratory, supporting one of the world’s largest smart meter deployment initiatives.

Vince Battaglia, Ph.D., Group Lead, Energy Storage, Energy Storage and Distributed Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Vince Battaglia heads the Energy Storage Group at LBNL. Vince has degrees in chemical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, BS; and The University of California at Berkeley, MS and Ph.D. Upon graduating he spent 11 years with Argonne National Laboratory’s Battery group, with 4½ of those years spent in Illinois and the other 6½ years on assignment in Washington, DC, as a technical advisor to the Electrochemical Energy Storage Program at DOE. His research interests at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are in assessing the energy, power, and cycling limits of advanced battery materials designed for hybrid and electric vehicles. He assists the USABC in developing its battery test manuals.

Daniel R. Borneo, MSEE PE, Engineering Program/Project Lead, Energy Storage, Sandia National Laboratories

Mr. Borneo is an Engineering Program/Project Lead and Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). He serves as the principal investigator and project team leader for the Department of Energy/Office of Electricity (DOE/OE) Electrical Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Projects Program. Dan utilizes his 35+ years of experience in the electrical power industry and collaborates with representatives of the energy storage industry, academia, and state energy groups to facilitate moving innovative electrical energy storage technologies and systems to commercialized products and services. Dan holds both a BSEE and MSEE from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) and is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of New Mexico.

Raymond Byrne, Ph.D., Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Data Analysis and Exploitation Department, Sandia National Laboratories

Ray Byrne is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has been employed since 1989. He holds a Ph.D., MS, and BS in electrical engineering (control theory and electronics). He also received an MS in finance from the University of Chicago. He is team lead for the Equitable Regulatory Environment thrust area in the Sandia energy storage program.

Mio Dart, Business Development Manager – Americas, Redflow

Mio is a technical sales engineer currently assigned to the Americas market, and previously worked at Redflow's head office in Australia. She has more than 6 years' experience in the energy storage industry and published papers with IEEE about the use of zinc-bromide flow batteries. During her time at Redflow, Mio has been involved in sales and business development activities, as well as overseen a number of field deployments using her hands-on experience installing and servicing batteries. Mio holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of International Relations from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Reyad Fezzani, Chairman & CEO, Regenerate Power

Mr. Fezzani has more than 26 years of global experience in energy and finance, and over the last 10 years has specialized in renewable energy and clean technology. He currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power, a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects. He is also Chairman and Managing Partner of Energy Finance Company, a distributed generation financier and asset manager. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, a Swiss industrial technology company, and is an active board member and advisor to a series of venture backed Technology companies. Prior to co-founding Regenerate Power, he was CEO of BP Solar and Chairman of Tata-BP Solar. He previously served as President of BP's Global Wind and Solar business and CEO of BP’s Global Chemicals business (annual sales of $10 billion). Educated in the U.K., he holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has worked in Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the United States.

Brad Fiebig, Energy Storage Product Manager, Lockheed Martin

Brad Fiebig, Lockheed Martin’s Product Manager for Energy Storage, has over 18 years of experience developing energy solutions and has been a key contributor to the genesis and development of Lockheed Martin’s energy storage business. Brad’s expertise includes product development, project management, systems integration, and testing of a broad range of energy solutions. At Lockheed Martin, Brad manages the product development of turn-key energy storage solutions for commercial, industrial, and utility applications. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fiebig was the Certified Principal Engineer on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program responsible for the spacecraft’s solar array system development. Previous to his work at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Fiebig served as Chief Technology Officer of HyEnergy Systems, a venture capital funded fuel cell company, where he was responsible for all aspects of design and production. Mr. Fiebig also led electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems development for government customers including DOD, DOE, NIH and NASA. Mr. Fiebig holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. He has four U.S. patents issued.

David Ginter, Ph.D., Engineering Specialist, Development/Research, Energy and Transportation Research Division - Gas Engines and Alternative Fuels Section, Caterpillar, Inc.

Juan Gomez, Ph.D., PE, Interim Director and Research Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Gomez is the Interim Director of UTSA's Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute. He is also a Research Director and an Associated Professor of Research. Juan has over 14 years of professional experience in both private industry and academia. His areas of expertise include residential energy consumption, energy analytics, residential energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental systems, water treatment and supply, water supply economics, and infrastructure planning. Prior to joining the Energy Institute, Dr. Gomez was part of the Global Technology Group for an engineering and consulting firm for over 9 years. He worked in variety of local and regional projects across Texas, as well as other geographies including Florida, California, Colorado, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

Joseph Heinzmann, Senior Account Manager, GE Energy Storage, General Electric

Joe Heinzmann is the Senior Account Manager for General Electric’s Energy Storage Business. In this role Joe is responsible for developing cost-effective technical solutions for GE’s customers around the world in a manner that maximizes the sustainability, economics and efficiency of the power grid. Joe has led directly to the placement of battery systems around the world to support customer value and grid stability in energy management and renewable integration applications. Joe was elected to the Secretary/Treasurer Position of the California Energy Storage Association and sits on the Leadership Circle of the Energy Storage Association. Joe holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the California Maritime Academy.

Elliot Hinds, J.D., Partner, Energy, Crowell & Moring LLP

For 20 years Elliot Hinds has worked extensively on the development and financing of products and projects in the electric power and broader energy, infrastructure and sustainability industries. Elliot counsels project developers, technology companies, manufacturers and investors in strategic transactions to commercialize, finance and sell their businesses. He has received a number of honors, including the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California, and is a frequent speaker and writer on energy storage and renewable energy topics. He earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Thomas A. Lovas, Senior Program Manager & Consultant, Cooperative Research Network/Business & Technology, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (NRECA)

Tom is a research coordinator and technical liaison for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, providing technical support for a wide variety of research activities, including the Transmission and Distribution Strategies, Substation of the Future and Energy Storage programs. Tom served as the Principal Investigator for the successful $68 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project involving 23 cooperatives in 12 states and coordinated an award-winning fuel cell demonstration. He holds a Master's degree in Public Utility Economics from Washington State University and has served in multiple planning, operating and executive positions at electric utilities in California, Montana and Alaska. With over 40 years of electric power systems experience, his consulting services include regulatory policy, strategic planning, utility economics, generation, transmission and distribution system development, and new technology applications.

R. Shaw Lynds, MS, Systems Research Manager, Systems Research, Maxwell Technologies

R. Shaw Lynds has a decade of experience in design and modeling of engineering systems. In his role as Manager of Systems Research at Maxwell Technologies, Inc., Shaw leads the design and development of numerous next-generation ultracapacitor energy storage projects ranging from automotive start-stop modules to utility-scale solar smoothing systems. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MS in Mechatronics from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo.

Neil Maguire, CEO, Adara Power Inc.

Neil Maguire is Co-Founder and CEO for Adara Power. Previously, Neil was Business Unit Director for automotive battery management ICs at National Semiconductor & Texas Instruments. He also was the VP Marketing and Business Development at lithium-ion cell startup, Imara. Prior to that, he co-founded and sold enterprise software company, ProductFactory in 2003 and was a former automotive design and manufacturing engineer.

Elizabeth Ratnam, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth L. Ratnam received the BE (Hons I) degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016, all from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She subsequently held a research position with the Center for Energy Research at the University of California, San Diego. During 2001-2012 she gained engineering experience at Ausgrid, one of the largest electricity distribution networks in Australia. Her research interests lie in the areas of power systems and control theory. At BECI, Elizabeth is working as a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Alexandra von Meier, focusing on the demonstration of diagnostic or control algorithms with micro-synchrophasor data from electric utility distribution systems.

Tal Sholklapper, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Voltaiq, Inc.

Dr. Sholklapper is the CEO and co-founder of Voltaiq, a battery intelligence software company. Prior to founding Voltaiq, he worked as the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing aN ultra-low-cost grid-scale battery. Before joining CUNY, Dr. Sholklapper co-founded Point Source Power, a low-cost fuel cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and UC Berkeley. During his time as a Materials Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL, he successfully led the transfer of lab-scale technology to industry partners including Bosch, Ikerlan, and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. Dr. Sholklapper earned bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley, going on to producing five patents and thirteen publications and complete a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in just two and a half years.

Maud Texier, Senior Product Manager - Powerpack, Tesla Motors



Michael J. Aziz, Ph.D., Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Michael Aziz received a BS from Caltech in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard in 1983. He spent two years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as Eugene P. Wigner Postdoctoral Fellow. He has been a member of the faculty at what is now the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since he joined in 1986 and is now Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies. His recent research interests include novel materials and processes for energy technology and greenhouse gas mitigation. He is co-inventor of the organic aqueous flow battery and directs a multi-investigator research program on stationary electrical energy storage. He is the Faculty Coordinator for Harvard's University-Wide Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, for which he developed a quantitative course on Energy Technology for a group of students in diverse disciplines. He is authoring a textbook, Introduction to Energy Technology: Depletable and Renewable, to be published by Wiley-VCH.

Paul Brooker, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida

Dr. Paul Brooker received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. His graduate and postdoctoral studies investigated the performance of fuel cells as a function of electrode structure and membrane/electrode interfaces. In addition to fuel cell membrane and electrode characterization, Dr. Brooker has extensive experience in identifying fuel cell failure mechanisms, through both in situ and ex situ characterization methods. He has also conducted research into flow batteries, where he is developing electrodes for enhanced performance of all-vanadium flow batteries. He has developed a method to selectively reduce the negative electrolyte solution to ensure proper charge balance between the positive and negative solutions. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Thomas D. Jarvi, Ph.D., General Manager, Energy Storage, Lockheed Martin Energy

Tom Jarvi currently serves as the General Manager, Energy Storage for Lockheed Martin Energy. In this capacity, Tom has overall operational responsibility for the company’s integrated-systems product line and the commercialization of an advanced flow battery. Tom took his current role following the acquisition of Sun Catalytix by Lockheed Martin in 2014. Between 2010 and 2014, Tom was Chief Technology Officer of Sun Catalytix Corporation. At Sun Catalytix, Tom focused on technology strategy and program execution. Prior to joining Sun Catalytix, Tom served in key engineering leadership positions at UTC Power, including as the Director of Cell Stack Engineering, and the Director of Technology Development. At the time, UTC Power Corporation was a world leader in fuel cell technology and deployment. During his time at UTC Power, Tom was intimately involved in resolving durability problems, and developing and commercializing transportation and stationary fuel cells with record-setting endurance. Tom started his industrial career at the United Technologies Research Center where his efforts focused primarily on fundamental degradation mechanisms of fuel cells. Tom received his BS from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, both in Chemical Engineering.

GJ la O’, Ph.D., Director, Electrochemical Engineering, Primus Power

GJ is an electrochemical scientist and engineer with a passion for developing innovative technologies focused on enhancing energy efficiency and the overall environment. He joined Primus Power in 2009 and has been instrumental in leading the electrochemical development of a low-cost, high-power and robust flow battery system. GJ has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and BS in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. He has published thirteen refereed journal articles in the field of electrochemistry and electrochemical energy sources. He has presented over 30 conference and industry presentations. He has five patents issued and three pending.

Bin Li, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Energy & Environmental Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Dr. Bin Li is a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has much experience in ceramic science and engineering, composite materials, optical materials, catalytic materials and energy storage/conversion. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2010. During his Ph.D., he carried out research works on fuel cells and photocatalytic materials. After joining PNNL in 2011, his research expanded to wider electrochemical and optical fields. He has now pioneered the development of redox flow batteries and multivalent ion batteries in the field of energy storage and organic/inorganic composite materials in the field of thermos-optic technologies, for which he got outstanding performance awards and Publication of the Year Award from PNNL. Dr. Li holds 6 U.S. patents and authored and co-authored more than 40 journal publications, such as Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials and so on.

Yi-Chun Lu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrochemical Energy and Interfaces Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Yi-Chun Lu received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She was the recipient of the Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council Early Career Award (2014), University Education Award, CUHK (2016), Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award, CUHK (2014), and Electrochemical Society Battery Division Student Research Award (2010). Dr. Lu's research interest centers on developing fundamental understandings and material design principles for clean energy storage and conversion. Her research group, Electrochemical Energy and Interfaces Laboratory, has extensive efforts on: Electrode and electrolyte design for high-energy metal-air and metal sulfur batteries; redox-active components and solution chemistry for redox-flow batteries; electrocatalysts and electrode design for low-temperature fuel cells and electrolyzers; mechanistic understanding of interfacial phenomena governing electrochemical energy conversion and storage processes.

James R. McKone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. McKone earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and music from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he was advised by Harry Gray and Nathan Lewis. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. McKone was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University under Héctor D. Abruña and Francis J. DiSalvo. In the Fall of 2016 he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Pitt. Dr. McKone’s research group studies fundamentals and applications of electrochemistry, photochemistry, and solid-state/materials chemistry with an emphasis on renewable energy and sustainability.

Thomas J. Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of Electrochemistry, ETH Zurich and Head, Electrochemistry Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Insitute

Thomas J. Schmidt studied Chemistry at University of Ulm, Germany, before becoming postdoc and scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI, Switzerland), respectively. He continued his career for eight years in industrial fuel cell development (BASF Fuel Cell) acting as Director R&D, before he became Chair of Electrochemistry at ETH Zürich and Head of the Electrochemistry Laboratory at PSI in 2011. He also acts as Director of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) Heat & Electricity Storage. Prof. Schmidt’s work is focused on all aspects of electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

Paul Siblerud, Vice President, Product Management, Engineering, ViZn Energy Systems, Inc.

Bio not available.

Qing Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, National University of Singapore

Dr. Qing Wang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, National University of Singapore. His research interest is “Charge Transport in Mesoscopic Energy Conversion and Storage Systems”. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics at Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002. Before he moved to Singapore, he had been working with Prof. Michael Grätzel at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and Dr. Arthur J. Frank at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA, in the area of sensitised mesoscopic photoelectrochemical cells. He devised redox targeting concept for battery materials. This provides an intriguing way to the development of high energy density flow batteries.

Thomas Zawodzinski, Ph.D., Governor’s Chair Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Physical Chemistry of Materials Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Thomas Zawodzinski is presently the Governor’s Chair in Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, with appointments in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Deptartment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and at ORNL. He previously was the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Fuel Cells, Director of the Case Advanced Power Institute, and the founding Director of the Wright Fuel Cell Group. Dr. Zawodzinski is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and of the American Chemical Society Polymer Division. Throughout his career, Dr. Zawodzinski has played leadership roles in projects on fuel cell materials and systems, such as development of new polymeric membranes for automotive applications at elevated temperature and low relative humidity, electro-catalysis, gas diffusion media and fuel cell durability, as well as projects related to batteries, electrochemical sensors, electro-responsive polymers and other applications of electrochemical technologies. In addition to his continuous involvement in the fuel cell program, he initiated and led programs including preparation of new electrolytes and new methods for studies of transport and electrode materials in Li batteries; self-assembled monolayers for device preparation; biosensors and chemical sensors for chemical warfare agents and simulants; artificial muscles and electrochemical reactors. He has published more than 200 refereed papers and a number of book chapters, holds five patents, has co-edited several books on fuel cells and related topics, and has been an active public speaker with hundreds of presentations and short courses given around the globe on fuel cell, electrochemical device and sensor-related topics and research. He has served on Technical Advisory Boards of several companies. Dr. Zawodzinski received his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His Bachelor’s studies were in Chemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology and his Ph.D. work, under the supervision of Robert Osteryoung, focused on Room Temperature Chloroaluminate Molten Salts.


Jack Brouwer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Advanced Power and Energy Program, University of California, Irvine

Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets. Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid. Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. Jack Brouwer holds a doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with master and bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering from UCI.

Josh Eichman, Ph.D., Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Josh is an energy analyst in the transportation and hydrogen systems group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He received his masters and doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Irvine with a focus on electric system planning and operation. His research focuses on grid integration impacts from energy storage, demand response and electric vehicles, especially relating to high renewable penetrations systems, and interactions between the electric grids, gas grids and energy end-uses.

James M. Fenton, Ph.D., Secretary of The Electrochemical Society; Director, Florida Solar Energy Center, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida

Dr. James Fenton is the Director of the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). Prior to joining FSEC, Dr. Fenton spent 20 years as a Chemical Engineering Professor at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fenton’s research activities are in fuel cells, energy storage, alternative fuels and sustainable energy. He is the author of more than 120 scientific publications and a number of book chapters and holds four patents. He was elected as Fellow of The Electrochemical Society and has served as a member of the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Dr. Fenton will provide technical oversight to the EVTC program. The use of Florida's PV systems on schools with EV charging stations is his concept.

Paolo Fracas, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Management, Genport srl, Italy

Paolo Fracas is the CEO and founder of Genport. He achieved a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Genoa and a post-graduate specialization in International Management at MIT. He held business development roles in high-tech multinational companies with special focus on energy bringing advanced technologies and products to global markets. He served also in Advisory Boards of international research funded projects and He joined the Board of Director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Italian Association. He is an expert consultant of the Europe Commission. He is author of 12 patents, publications in specialized magazines in Energy.

Ram Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Pittsburg State University

Dr. Ram Gupta joined Pittsburg State University as an Assistant Professor in 2013. Before joining to Pittsburg State University, he worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO then as a Senior Research Scientist at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. Dr. Gupta’s research focus on green energy production and storage using conducting polymers and composites, nanomaterials, optoelectronics and photovoltaics devices, organic-inorganic hetero-junctions for sensors, nanomagnetism, bio-based polymers, bio-compatible nanofibers for tissue regeneration, scaffold and antibacterial applications, bio-degradable metallic implants. Dr. Gupta has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented/attended more than 100 national/international conferences. He is a member of editorial board and reviewer for various leading science journals. Dr. Gupta has received several internal and external (NSF, DoE, KINBRE, USA) funding to promote research and educational activities.

Stephen Jones, Managing Director, ITM Power

Steve joined ITM in 2005 as a research technologist and is currently Managing Director for ITM Power Inc. based in Irvine, California. Steve has held positions in R&D, product, systems and business development roles and as such has an excellent understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of the business. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Materials Science from Birmingham University, a MBA from Sheffield University and is a chartered manager.

Jae-Young Lee, Ph.D., Professor, Woosuk University; Vice-President, Hydrogen Fuel Cell RIC, South Korea

Bio not available.

Pere Margalef, Ph.D., Director Advanced Technology Development, FuelCell Energy, Inc.

Pere Margalef serves as Director of Business Development in the Advanced Technology Group at FuelCell Energy Inc., a global leader in manufacturing fuel cell technologies. Pere interfaces with technical, economic, and legislative aspects of the distributed energy sector in the US. He is currently leading the path to commercialization of different fuel cell technologies which are on the verge of transforming the energy paradigm. Pere holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of California Irvine, where he conducted research at the National Fuel Cell Research Center and published several peer-reviewed articles.

John McGuinness, Strategic Marketing Leader, General Electric Fuel Cells, LLC

Throughout his 26-year career in the power generation industry, John has served in many cross-functional positions including power plant operations & maintenance, manufacturing, engineering, product management and technical marketing. In his most current role as Strategic Marketing Leader for GE Fuel Cells LLC, John is responsible for the commercial and business development of this newly formed start-up company. Prior to this role, John led GE’s Renewable Energy Services Platform team, responsible for bringing wind turbine and solar service-related technology developments into commercial and operational practice. He also served as the 9F Gas Turbine Product Manager, leading the creation of a multi-generation product plan for the 9F family of gas turbines. Earlier in his career, he was an officer in the Naval Nuclear Power Program. John holds an MBA from State University at Albany and a BS in Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Matthew A. Pellow, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University

Matthew A. Pellow is a postdoctoral scholar in energy systems analysis at the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University. His research at GCEP analyzes the life-cycle energy and emissions balance of energy conversion and storage technologies, with a focus on sustainable fuels. He was previously a research chemist at General Electric Global Research in Niskayuna, New York. He holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Stanford University, where he co-founded the Stanford Energy Club, and a B.A. in chemistry from Columbia University.

Keith Wipke, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies Program Manager at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mr. Wipke has been the Laboratory Program Manager for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the last 4 years. The program covers all aspects of hydrogen and fuel cells, from hydrogen production with renewables to end-use application of fuel cells. Prior to this role, Mr. Wipke worked in the area of advanced vehicles for 20 years. For 9 years he led NREL’s participation in the Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project (aka the Learning Demo). This activity was later expanded to evaluate fuel cell technology in multiple applications, including cars, buses, forklifts, backup power, and stationary power under NREL’s Technology Validation activity. He also led the Hydrogen Analysis Group, which includes hydrogen infrastructure analysis as well as technology validation staff. He received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, is NREL’s representative at the California Fuel Cell Partnership, sits on the Board of Directors of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), and is on the Advisory Board for CU Denver’s Motorsports Engineering Program and the Colorado Hydrogen Coalition.



Vishal Sapru, Energy & Power Systems Research Manager and Growth Consultant, Frost & Sullivan

Bio not available.


Michael I. Henderson, Manager, Power Systems Analysis and Training

Michael I. Henderson received two Master of Engineering degrees, Electrical Power Engineering in 1977 and Electrical Engineering in 1976, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. In 1975, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York (now NYU) where he served as an Adjunct Lecturer from 1993 through 1999. Mike is currently an independent consultant, the new Editor in Chief of Power and Energy Magazine, and, since July 1999, he has been a Director in the System Planning Department at ISO New England. Previously, he had more than 22 years of experience at the New York Power Authority, Long Island Lighting Company, and American Electric Power. Mike has presented technical seminars as well as over six dozen panel and technical papers at IEEE and other forums. Mike is a registered Professional Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, and a native son of Brooklyn, New York.