Nationally recognized experts join fuel cell advisory board

By Website Administrator | May 16, 2003

Kettering's new Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration recently welcomed two nationally recognized automotive and alternative fuel experts to the Center's Executive Advisory Board.

Kettering's new Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration recently welcomed two nationally recognized automotive and alternative fuel experts to the Center's Executive Advisory Board.

They are Ross Witschonke, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Ballard Power Systems based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; and Dr. Mary Lowe Good, managing partner of Venture Capital Investors based in Arkansas and dean of the Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

The mission of the Center is to accelerate the development and commercialization of fuel cells for stationary and mobile applications by providing world-class fuel cell engineering education and technological leadership in research and design, testing and evaluation. Kettering developed the Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration in response to the growing need to develop alternative fuel sources for the future, reduce the impact of emissions on the environment from automotive and other products, and decrease the country's dependency on foreign oil imports. The Center will be housed in the new Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Center on the campus of Kettering University, a $40 million state-of-the-art complex that will open June of 2003.

Dr. Joel Berry, head of Kettering's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kettering Chair of Power Engineering, chair of the Center and a 1979 graduate of Kettering, said that the additions of Good and Witschonke to the Center's board bring even more credibility and opportunity to Kettering as the University positions itself to be a leader in fuel cell engineering education and leader in research and design. "These highly regarded industry experts understand the increasing need and importance of developing fuel cell technology for industry, the environment and the world in general," Berry explained. "It's extremely gratifying to have these two exceptional people join our executive advisory board and we look forward to their contributions as the Center becomes one of the preeminent facilities for the study of fuel cell technology in the coming years."

Ross Witschonke
Ross Witschonke is vice president of Sales and Marketing for Ballard Power Systems. In his role as vice president, his responsibilities include worldwide sales, marketing and customer support for all products and services. He joined Ballard in November 2001 as vice president of the Electric Drives and Power Conversion Division.

Prior to joining Ballard, Witschonke was president and CEO of Ecostar Electric Drive Systems Co. LLC, which was an industry leading joint venture owned by Ford Motor Co. DamilerChrysler and Ballard. Before Ecostar, Witschonke was the director of New Generation Vehicles for Ford. During his work in this position, he managed the company's participation in the government/industry program titled "Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles" and led the selection of diesel hybrid and fuel cell technology as the prime program alternatives while managing Ford's technology demonstration program. His other positions while at Ford included senior managing director of Mazda Motor Corp., director of Technical Affairs for Ford Asia-Pacific and program manager of Taurus/Sable.

Witschonke earned a bachelor's of science degree in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and a master's degree of Administrative Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Mary Lowe Good
Dr. Good is managing partner of Venture Capital Investors LLC and the past chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves on the boards for several industry-leading companies, including BIOGEN, a Massachusetts-based biotech company; IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine; and the Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp. Board of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Previously, Good served four years as Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology during the Clinton Administration, where she developed numerous technology policies that helped strengthen the nation's economy during the 1990s. During this time, she headed the Technology Administration, the $750 million agency that served as the focal point in the federal government for assisting U.S. industry to improve its productivity, technology and innovation to compete more effectively in global markets. Good also chair the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Technological Innovation, and served on the NSTC Committee for National Security. From 1988 to 1991, Good was also chairman of the board for the National Science Board.

Good is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a past president of the American Chemical Society and a member of the American Institute of Chemists and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was also active on the boards of directors for such groups as the Industrial Research Institute, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research. In addition, she served on the advisory panels for the National Research Council, the National Bureau of Standards, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health and NASA.

She has won more than 27 awards during her distinguished career, including the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Albert Fox Demers Medal Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize and the American Institute of Chemists' Gold Medal. Some of the 21 colleges and university that awarded her honorary degrees include Michigan State University, Louisiana State University and the College of William and Mary.

The advisory board for Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration also includes several leading industry experts from North America. Some of these individuals are Geoffrey Ballard, chairman of General Hydrogen; Dennis Wend, executive vice president of Technology Transfer for the U.S. Army National Automotive Center; Dr. Peter Lehner, director of the Schatz Energy Research Center; Dr. Scott M. Staley, chief engineer at Ford Motor Co.; and Erik T. Kallio of the Alternative Fuel and Fuel Cell Technology Team for the U.S. Army National Automotive Center. Companies and organizations that currently comprise the industry partnership consortium for the Center include Ford Motor Co., General Hydrogen, Advance Measurements Inc., and the U.S. Army Tank Command.

To learn more about Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration, call (810) 762-7833, or visit http://fuelcells.kettering.edu.

 

 

Kettering Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration Advisory Members

EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD

  • Geoffrey Ballard, Chairman, General Hydrogen
  • Steve Conquergood, President, Advanced Measurements, Inc.
  • Dennis Wend, Executive Vice President, Technology Transfer, U.S. Army National Automotive Center
  • Jerry Weiland, Director of Marketing Development, Automotive Mobility, General Motors
  • Michael Routtenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, General Hydrogen
  • Ross Witschonke, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Ballard Power Systems
  • Dr. Mary L. Good, Dean, Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology
  • Past Chair, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Past President, American Chemical Society

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY PANEL

  • Anthony Androsky, Director, Fuel Cell Initiative, Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Rod Berreth, Team Leader, Systems Integration, Advanced Measurements, Inc.
  • Dr. Satish G. Kandlikar, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Peter Lehmen, Director, Schatz Energy Research Center
  • Dr. Ramesh K. Shah, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Craig Greenhill, Vice President of Technology, General Hydrogen
  • Dr. Scott M. Staley, P.E., Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company
  • Erik T. Kallio, Alternative Fuels and Fuel Cell Technology Team, U.S. Army National Automotive Center

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP CONSORTIUM
Membership will be open to all automotive manufacturers, suppliers, fuel cell companies, universities and community colleges conducting fuel cell R&D, testing and evaluation, and supporting associations and organizations.

  • Advanced Measurements, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Hydrogen
  • U.S. Army Tank Command

Written by Gary J. Erwin
(810) 762-9538
gerwin@kettering.edu