Board of Directors
The Fuel Cell Seminar’s Board of Directors provide direction and determine policy for the conference. The Board collectively has decades of experience in the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry.
Mark Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Williams is a proven URS manager and supervisor, directing a $60M R&D portfolio including distributed generation fuel cells, fuel processing, energy storage, turbines, advanced combustion, CFD modeling, waste immobilization, and carbon capture (sorbents, solvents, and membranes), and supervising a mostly Ph.D. R&D staff within Quality Assurance and Environmental, Safety, and Health guidelines. He is responsible for enhancing conduct of operations, conduct of research and project management including integrated resource loaded schedules.
Beginning his career as a chemical engineer for DOE’s Morgantown Energy Technology Center, he, as the DOE Fuel Cell Technology Manager, was instrumental in formulating and directing U.S. fuel cell programs, such as Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA).
As the manager of DOE’s Stationary Fuel Cell Program, the world’s largest program of its kind, Dr. Williams directed nearly $1B of critical federal stationary fuel cell funding for phosphoric acid, molten carbonate, and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) R&D. In addition, he served as Chief Technology Officer of a fuel cell company for 2 years and is Visiting Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and Adjunct Professor, University of Utah and West Virginia University.
Frank Wolak is Vice President for FuelCell Energy, a Danbury, Connecticut based developer and manufacturer of advanced ultraclean fuel cell power systems. An executive with over 25 years of experience in many facets of energy with both corporate and entrepreneurial organizations including oil and gas operations (Tenneco), power plant investment and development (Independent Energy Corp. and Equitable Resources), energy services (Noresco) and as well as independent management consulting working with renewable and emerging energy technologies.
At FuelCell Energy, Mr. Wolak focuses on developing strategic business alliances, identifying business development opportunities and in creating a regulatory and policy environment conducive to wide scale deployment of FuelCell Energy’s power plants.
Mr. Wolak is on the board of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society and is a founding member of the Connecticut Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Coalition.
Mike Hicks, Ph.D.
Dr. Hicks holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. In 2000, he joined 3M’s Fuel Cell Components Program where he worked on electrode development for PEM fuel cells and lead the development of 3M’s next generation MEAs. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Hicks was the Principal Investigator on a US Department of Energy Project entitled “MEA and Stack Durability for PEM Fuel Cells.”
In April of 2007, Dr. Hicks joined IdaTech, (now H2PowerTech) as a Fuel Cell Engineer responsible for durability of fuel cell stacks and systems, development of new stack technology and sourcing stack BOP. He is currently Engineering Manager, Technology Development & Integration at H2 PowerTech.
Dr. Hicks has authored three fuel cell related papers and one fuel cell book chapter. He has also given numerous invited and plenary talks at the annual DOE Hydrogen Program Review, Gordon Conference on Fuel Cells, NRC-CNRC Annual Fuel Cell Testing Workshop, Fuel Cell Durability Conference, Advances in Materials for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Conference, and The Electrochemical Society Conferences.
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Erin L. Lane is the Vice President of Cascade Associates, a governmental affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC. The firm advocates policies that advance the position of energy efficiency and clean technology in an environmentally-friendly manner, and works to ensure adequate research, development and demonstration funding for these technologies. Some of Cascade Associates clients include the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and the Southwest Gas Corporation.
Between 2005 and 2008, Mrs. Lane served as the Director of Governmental Relations for Plug Power Inc. and continues to consult for them. Her organization has worked successfully within coalitions and has initiated and led a number of them, including the Fuel Cell Advocates and the Sustainable Energy Coalition.
Prior to her work with Cascade Associates, Mrs. Lane served as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jack Quinn, a United States House of Representatives from New York.
Morry Markowitz is the President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Assoication (FCHEA), and leads FCHEA advocacy programs on Capitol Hill and outreach initiatives to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Morry comes with extensive expertise in the energy field, in addition to sixteen years of association management.
Prior to coming to the FCHEA, Morry was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) for nine years. Before his work at EEI, Morry was the Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Morry brings years of government relations, energy policy, and communications experience to the Association. Morry has worked on Capitol Hill, in addition to the Executive Branch of government.
Morry graduated with a J.D. from George Mason School of Law.