automotive technologies and products from concept through production, and has a broad-based knowledge of automotive systems and economics. He served as chairman and president of the nonprofit Michigan Materials and Processes Institute, was the first automotive engineer elected a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Carnegie Mellon University, a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of British Columbia, and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University.
Robert J. Nowak is a consultant and former program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has directed and supported research in fuel cells, batteries, capacitors, energy harvesting, fuel processing, thermal energy conversion, micro-engines, hydrogen storage, biofuel cells, sonoluminescence, and biomolecular motors. Dr. Nowak received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Oakland University and his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He was selected as National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1979.
Robert W. Shaw, Jr., is president of Aretê Corporation, the manager of the Micro-Generation Technology Fund, LLC, and the five Utech venture funds. He has worked for about 20 years in the venture capital industry and is a leader in developing modular/dispersed generation, renewable energy generation, hydrogen energy systems, and specialty materials. Dr. Shaw previously held the position of senior vice president and member of the board of directors of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a founder of the firm’s Energy Division, which provides management and technical consulting services to utilities and energy companies. He also held research positions at Bell Laboratories and Cavendish Laboratory directed at the electronic and structural properties of materials. He is director of Evergreen Solar, Inc. (ESLR); director and chairman of Distributed Energy Systems Corporation (DESC); director and chairman of Cell-Tech Power, Inc.; and director of H2Gen Innovations, Inc. Dr. Shaw has a Ph.D in applied physics from Stanford University, an M.S.E.E. from Cornell University, and an M.P.A. in organization design from American University.
Ronald H. Wolk is the principal of Wolk Integrated Technical Services. His previous positions include director of the Advanced Fossil Power Systems Department, Electric Power Research Institute, and as associate laboratory director at Hydrocarbon Research, Inc. He has extensive experience in assessing, developing, and commercializing advanced power generation and fuel conversion technologies, including fuel cell, gas turbine, distributed power generation, and integrated gasification combined cycle technology systems. Mr. Wolk served on the NRC Committee on R&D Opportunities for Advanced Fossil-Fueled Energy Complexes. He has a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic University).