The 2019 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium
Presenters and their Presentations

Presentations that have been approved for posting are in red and underlined. click and they will link to the presentation.

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Stephen Ellis
Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Presentation: “Fuel cells for mobility”

Steve has been directly responsible for deployment of the original Honda FCX in 2002, the FCX Clarity beginning in 2008, and in 2017 part of a TEAM needed to launch the all new Clarity Fuel Cell to retail consumers. His 17 year focus on success for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen includes many firsts, including the world’s first retail sale to a consumer. Steve is board member of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, CAFCP, CHBC and H2USA among others. He is currently working with the State of CA, DOE, other ZEV states and stakeholders to advance H2 station networks.   

Andy Marsh
President and CEO
Plug Power, Inc.

Presentation: Plug Power: Our Vertical Integration Strategy – A Necessity to Grow the Business”

Andy Marsh joined Plug Power in April 2008. Under his leadership, Plug Power has led innovation, bringing the hydrogen fuel cell market from concept to commercialization, as the world moves forward towards electrification. Early on, Marsh identified material handling as the first commercially viable market targeted by Plug Power. Today, the firm’s fuel cell solutions are leveraged by world leaders such as Amazon, Walmart, and Carrefour to power industrial electric vehicles. Mr. Marsh is a prominent voice leading the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Nationally, he is the Chairman of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, and sits as a member of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Tactical Advisory Committee (HTAC). Internationally, Mr. Marsh represents Plug Power in their role as supporting members of the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative of leading energy, transport and industry companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.


Jack Brouwer, Ph.D.
National Fuel Cell Research Center, Director
Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine, Associate Director

Presentation: “Hydrogen and fuel cells for zero emissions”

Dr. Brouwer, in addition to his duties with the NFCRC and APEP, is also a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He is a highly recognized researcher, in the area of alternative energy and is a strong contributor to UCI's stature in the field of energy and the environment. His primary research focus since joining UC Irvine has been high-temperature electrochemical dynamics and integrated energy systems research that includes fuel cells, gas turbines, electrolyzers, and solar and wind power.

Daljit Bawa
Market Manager, heavy duty fuel cell market
Ballard Power Systems

Presentation: “Fuel cell and hydrogen; a compelling value proposition for zero emission heavy duty transportation”

Daljit Bawa joined Ballard in August 1999 as a Senior Field Service Engineer. Daljit managed field trials of both stationary and transportation fuel cell systems. Daljit was the Bus operations manager for the CUTE and other Phase 5 fuel cell buses operating in USA, Australia and China. Daljit is currently Market Manager for Ballard’s heavy-duty fuel cell market segment. Daljit is a Graduate Engineer from Institution of Engineers, India and has a Master’s Diploma in Diesel Propulsion Plants from Naval War Academy, Russia.

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AST, Direct Energy Conversion Engineer,
NASA Glenn Research Center
Photovoltaic and Electrochemical Systems Branch

Presentation: NASA fuel cell activities and Lunar hydrogen infrastructure

Ian has supported the design, testing, and demonstration of electrochemical components and systems since joining the NASA community in 2000. These activities include the full range of system elements; from microvalves and flow controllers for 10 W rover fuel cells to turn-key, autonomous regenerative fuel cell energy storage systems. He currently supports system trade studies for Martian and Lunar outpost energy storage systems and testing electric aircraft fuel cells both for primary power and APUs.


EASTERN Region Manager
Nel Hydrogen:  number one by nature™

Presentation: “Electrolysis Enables Enhanced Electric Grid Energy Efficiency”

David is a sales leader since 1999 for Nel Hydrogen - Proton OnSite. He has 40 years of industrial gas generation, application engineering, marketing, sales experience with an extensive background in hydrogen generation at large and small scale, hydrogen distribution, storage and industrial utilization. In addition to Nel/Proton Onsite (1999 to date), he has also made contributions at Air Products (1979 - 1992) and Messer Industrial Gases (1992 - 1999). He has a degree in Engineering Science, Dartmouth College (1979).

Owen Hopkins
Sales Manager, North America
Hexagon Purus

Presentation: "Hexagon Composites Hydrogen for 2019 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium" 

Owen Hopkins joined Hexagon in January 2018 to develop and support Type IV composite cylinders for on-board storage applications in North America. Mr. Hopkins has been active in the fuel cell industry since early 2000.  Providing expertise in cathode air filtration, low permeation plastic manifolds, and carbon composite bipolar plates. Mr. Hopkins represents Hexagon in their role as members of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), and assisted with the merger of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Association that created FCHEA.

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Dr. Michael Whiston
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Engineering and Public Policy
Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Carnegie Mellon University

Presentation “Expert Assessments of Fuel Cell Cost and Performance”

Michael and his team at Carnegie Mellon have elicited over 100 experts’ technical and economic assessments of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. He has published research on automotive and stationary stacks and systems in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Power Sources, and Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology. Michael received his B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Mechanical Engineering in 2015.

Chris McWhinney
Founder and CEO
Millennium Reign Energy LLC

Presentation: “Scalable hydrogen fueling infrastructure”

Chris started Residential Hydrogen Power in 2003 in his Dayton, OH, garage and in 2008 developed its parent company, Millennium Reign Energy. Chris has 16 years’ experience in design and engineering of hydrogen production and stack design, storage, compression, purification and dispensing and the development, manufacturing and distribution of fully- automated water electrolysis hydrogen generators and hydrogen dispensers. He also has experience in developing and placing into service, many full scale working production models of fully-automated water electrolysis products called AutoARK® (patented 2013) that also double as a heat exchanger to heat homes and water. He holds 9 Patents issued in the USA, European Union and Canada on electrolyzer system components.

Fuel Cells and Microgrids - Panel Discussion

Link to Panel Slides

Facilitator - William Hagstrand - Managing Partner, SB&M Partners, LLC
Panelist - Kirt Conrad - CEO and Executive Director, SARTA
Panelist - Kevin McGrath - Doosan
Panelist - Andrew Thomas - Executive-in-Residence, Cleveland State University, Levin College, Energy Policy
Center; Director of the Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Collaborative
Panelist - Allie Schwertner - Advanced Energy Business Development Manager, Rockwell Automation

The Future of Solid Oxide - Panel Discussion

Panelist - Dr. Scott Swartz - Co-founder and CTO, Nexceris
Panelist - Dr. Rodger McKain - Consultant
Panelist - Ted Ohrn - CTO, Advanced Tech Works