Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
Trevor O. Jones, chair, is chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Biomec, Incorporated, a biomedical device company. He was formerly chairman of the board of Echlin, Incorporated, a supplier of automotive components primarily to the after-market. Mr. Jones is also chairman and CEO of International Development Corporation, a private management consulting company that advises automotive supplier companies on strategy and technology. He was chair, president, and CEO (retired) of Libbey-Owens-Ford Company, a major manufacturer of glass for automotive and construction applications. Previously, he was an officer of TRW, Incorporated, serving as vice president of engineering in the company’s Automotive Worldwide Sector and group vice president, Transportation Electronics Group. Prior to joining TRW, he was employed by General Motors (GM) in many aerospace and automotive executive positions, including director of GM Proving Grounds; director of the Delco Electronics Division, Automotive Electronic and Safety Systems; and director of GM Advanced Product Engineering Group. Mr. Jones is a life fellow of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been cited for “leadership in the application of electronics to the automobile.” He is also a fellow of the American Society of Automotive Engineers, a fellow of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers, a fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit, a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, and a chartered engineer in the United Kingdom. He holds many patents and has lectured and written on automotive safety and electronics. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a former commissioner of the National Research Council (NRC) Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems. Mr. Jones has served on several other NRC study committees, including the Committee for a Strategic Transportation Research Study on
Highway Safety, and chaired the NAE Steering Committee on the Impact of Products Liability Law on Innovation. He holds an HNC (Higher National Certificate) in electrical engineering from Aston Technical College and an ONC (Ordinary National Certificate) in mechanical engineering from Liverpool Technical College.
Craig Marks, vice chair, is president of Creative Management Solutions. He has been adjunct professor in both the College of Engineering and the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and co-director of the Joel D. Tauber Manufacturing Institute. Dr. Marks was also president of the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan. He is a retired vice president of technology and productivity for AlliedSignal Automotive, where he was responsible for product development; manufacturing; quality; health, safety, and environment; communications; and business planning. Previously, in TRW’s Automotive Worldwide Sector, Dr. Marks was vice president for engineering and technology and later vice president of technology at TRW Safety Restraint Systems. Prior to joining TRW, he held various positions at GM Corporation, including executive director of the engineering staff; assistant director of advanced product engineering; engineer in charge of power development; electric-vehicle program manager; supervisor for long-range engine development; and executive director of the environmental activities staff. He is a member of the NAE and a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Marks received his B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
William Agnew retired as director, Programs and Plans, General Motors Research Laboratories in 1989. He served in the Manhattan District from 1944 to 1946, and attended Purdue University from 1946 to 1952. From 1952 to 1989, he held a number of positions at GM Research Laboratories, including department head, Fuels and Lubricants; head, Emissions Research Department; technical director, Engine Research, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Research, Fluid Dynamics, and Fuels and Lubricants Departments; technical director, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Societal Analysis, and Transportation Research Departments. A member of the NAE, Dr. Agnew’s technical expertise spans internal combustion engines, gas turbines, engine performance, automotive air pollution, and automotive power plants. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Alexis T. Bell is professor of chemical engineering, University of California, Berkeley. He has also held the positions of dean, College of Chemistry, and chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering. The emphasis of his research is on heterogeneous catalysis and the relationship between catalyst composition and structure and catalyst performance on the molecular level. He is a recipient of the Curtis W. McGraw Award for Research, American Association of Engineering
Education; the Professional Progress Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, the Catalysis Society; and the R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a member of the NAE and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his Sc.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
W. Robert Epperly is president of Epperly Associates, Incorporated, a consulting firm. From 1994 to 1997, he was president of Catalytica Advanced Technologies, Incorporated, a company that develops new catalytic technologies for the petroleum and chemical industries. Prior to joining Catalytica, he was general manager of Exxon Corporate Research and director of the Exxon Fuels Research Laboratory. After leaving Exxon, he was CEO of Fuel Tech N.V., a company that develops new combustion and air pollution control technologies. Mr. Epperly has written 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 fuels, fuel cells, engines, catalysis, air pollution control, and the management of research and development programs. He received an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
David E. Foster is professor of mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and former director of the Engine Research Center, which has won two center of excellence competitions for engine research and has extensive facilities for research on internal combustion engines. A member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin since he completed his Ph.D., Dr. Foster teaches and conducts research in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, internal combustion engines, and emission formation processes. His work has focused specifically on perfecting the application of optical diagnostics in engine systems and the incorporation of simplified or phenomenological models of emission formation processes into engineering simulations. He has published more than 60 technical articles in this field throughout the world and for leading societies in this country. He is a recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Award, the Forest R. McFarland Award, and the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and has won departmental, engineering society, and university awards for his classroom teaching. He received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the MIT.
Norman A. Gjostein is currently clinical professor of engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he teaches courses in materials engineering. He retired from Ford Research Laboratory as director, Manufacturing and Materials Research Laboratory, which includes research in advanced materials, manufacturing systems, and computer-aided engineering. He has directed a variety of
advanced research programs, including the development of lightweight metals, composite materials, sodium-sulfur batteries, fiber-optic multiplex systems, and smart sensors. He has pioneered studies in surface science and discovered a number of new surface structures that are still under investigation. He is a member of the NAE and NRC Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, a fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and the American Society of Metals (ASM), and a recipient of the ASM’s Shoemaker Award and ESD’s Gold Award. Dr. Gjostein has a B.S. and M.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
David F. Hagen spent 35 years with Ford Motor Company, where his position prior to retirement was general manager, alpha simultaneous engineering, Ford Technical Affairs. Under his leadership, Ford’s alpha activity, which involves the identification, assessment, and implementation of new product and process technologies, evolved into the company’s global resource for leading-edge automotive products, processes, and analytic technologies. Mr. Hagen led the introduction of the first domestic industry feedback electronics, central fuel metering, full electronic engine controls, and numerous four-cylinder, V6, and V8 engines. Based on his work on Ford’s modern engine families, he was awarded the Society of Automotive Engineers E.N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation in 1998. Mr. Hagen received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is currently serving on the engineering advisory boards of both Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as the board of the Rackham Engineering Foundation.
John B. Heywood is Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory. Dr. Heywood’s research interests have focused on understanding and explaining the processes that govern the operation and design of internal combustion engines and their fuel requirements. His major areas of research include engine combustion, pollutant formation, operating and emissions characteristics, and fuel requirements of automotive and aircraft engines. He has been a consultant to Ford Motor Company, Mobil Research and Development Corporation, and several other industry and government organizations. He received the U.S. Department of Transportation 1996 Award for the Advancement of Motor Vehicle Research and Development, as well as several awards from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and other organizations. Dr. Heywood has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Sc.D. from Cambridge University. He is a fellow of SAE and a member of the NAE.
Fritz Kalhammer is a consultant for the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) Strategic Science and Technology and Transportation Groups. He was co-chair of the California Air Resources Board’s Battery Technical Advisory Panels on electric vehicle batteries, and he recently chaired a similar panel to assess the prospects of fuel cells for electric vehicle propulsion. He has been vice president of EPRI’s Strategic Research and Development and established the institute’s programs for energy storage, fuel cells, electric vehicles, and energy conservation. Before joining EPRI, he directed electrochemical energy conversion, storage, and process research and development at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), conducted research in solid-state physics at Philco Corporation, and conducted research in catalysis at Hoechst, in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Munich.
John G. Kassakian is professor of electrical engineering and director of the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems. His expertise is in the use of electronics for the control and conversion of electrical energy, industrial and utility applications of power electronics, electronic manufacturing technologies, and automotive electrical and electronic systems. Prior to joining the MIT faculty, he served in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Kassakian is on the boards of directors of a number of companies and has held numerous positions with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), including founding president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is a member of the NAE, a fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the IEEE’s William E. Newell Award for Outstanding Achievements in Power Electronics (1987), the IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), and the IEEE Power Electronics Society’s Distinguished Service Award (1998). He has an Sc.D. in electrical engineering from MIT.
Harold H. Kung is professor of chemical engineering at Northwestern University and was director of the university’s Center for Catalysis and Surface Science. His areas of research include surface chemistry, catalysis, and chemical reaction engineering. His professional experience includes work as a research chemist at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Incorporated. He is a recipient of the P.H. Emmett Award and the Robert Burwell Lectureship Award from the North American Catalysis Society, the Herman Pines Award of the Chicago Catalysis Club, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, the John McClanahan Henske Distinguished Lectureship of Yale University, and the Olaf A. Hougen Professorship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University.
John Scott Newman is professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research experience is in the design and analysis of electrochemical systems, transport properties of concentrated electrolytic solutions, and various fuel cells and batteries. He has received the Young Author’s
Prize from the Electrochemical Society, the David C. Grahame Award, the Henry B. Linford Award, and the Olin Palladium Medal. He is a member of the NAE and a fellow of the Electrochemical Society. He is author of Electrochemical Systems (Prentice Hall, 1991), which has been translated into Japanese and Russian, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society since 1990. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Roberta Nichols is retired from Ford Motor Company, where, from 1979 to 1995, she held several positions including: manager, Electric Vehicle External Strategy and Planning Department, North American Automotive Operations; Manager, EV External Affairs, EV Planning and Program Office; manager, Alternative Fuels Department, Environment and Safety Engineering Staff; and principal research engineer, Alternative Fuels Department, Scientific Research Laboratory. She was also a member of the technical staff of the Aerospace Corporation from 1960 to 1979 and has held other industry positions. She is a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a recipient of the National Achievement Award of the Society of Women Engineers, a recipient of the Clean Air Award for Advancing Air Pollution Technology of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and a member of the NAE. Her expertise includes alternative fuel vehicles, electric vehicles, internal combustion engines, and strategic planning. She has a Ph.D. in engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering, University of Southern California, and a B.S. in physics, University of California, Los Angeles.
Vernon P. Roan is director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Florida, where he has been a faculty member for more than 30 years. Since 1994, he has also been the director of the University of Florida Fuel Cell Research and Training Laboratory. Previously, he was a senior design engineer with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. Dr. Roan, who has more than 25 years of research and development experience, is currently developing improved modeling and simulation systems for a fuel-cell bus program and working as a consultant to Pratt and Whitney on advanced gasturbine propulsion systems. His research at the University of Florida has involved both spark-ignition and diesel engines operating with many alternative fuels and advanced concepts. With groups of engineering students, he designed and built a 20-passenger diesel-electric bus for the Florida Department of Transportation and a hybrid-electric urban car using an internal-combustion engine and lead-acid batteries. He has been a consultant to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory monitoring their electric and hybrid vehicle programs. He has organized and chaired two national meetings on advanced vehicle technologies and a national seminar on the development of fuel-cell-powered automobiles and has published numerous technical papers on innovative propulsion systems. He was one of the four
members of the Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Panel of the California Air Resources Board, which issued a report in May 1998 regarding the status and outlook for fuel cells for transportation applications. Dr. Roan received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering and his M.S. in engineering from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Illinois.