Fellow, University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Eisman has 30 years of experience in research and development and product development on fuel cells, hydrogen technologies, electrochemical engineering, physical and inorganic solid-state chemistry, and new technology commercialization and business development. He received the Inventor of the Year Award, Dow Chemical Co., in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Temple University and a Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry from Northeastern University. He has published more than 20 technical papers and has been awarded more than 20 U.S. patents.
W. Robert Epperly is an independent consultant. From 1994 to 1997, he was the president of Catalytica Advanced Technologies, Inc., a company developing new catalytic technologies for the petroleum and chemical industries. Prior to joining Catalytica, he was the general manager of Exxon Corporate Research and earlier had been the director of the Exxon Fuels Research Laboratory. After leaving Exxon, he was the chief executive officer of Fuel Tech N.V., a company developing new combustion and air pollution control technology. Mr. Epperly has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications on technical and managerial topics, including two books, and has 38 U.S. patents. He has extensive experience in the conversion of fossil feedstocks to alternative fuels such as gases and liquids, fuels, catalysis, air pollution control, and research and development management. He received an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
David E. Foster is the Phil and Jean Myers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973 and 1975, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin since completion of his Ph.D. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and chemical kinetic and emission formation processes in internal combustion engines. He is an active member of the Engine Research Center, of which he served as the director from 1994 through 1999, and as of September 2008 is again serving as director. He is also the co-director of the General Motors-ERC Collaborative Research Laboratory, a collaborative research effort between General Motors Research and the Engine Research Center that was established in 2003. Professor Foster is a recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Award, the Forest R. McFarland Award, and multiple Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Awards of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Professor Foster is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin and has won departmental, engineering society, and university awards for his classroom teaching. He was a member of the National Research Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles review committee for 6 years and has served on the NRC Committee to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies