Director, Energy Systems Engineering, Lehigh University
Entire career experience has been devoted to technology development and implementation support for public and non-profit companies, mainly the energy/power industry, including change management to assure smooth field deployment and analytics to track cost benefits. I was responsible for innovative technology business development, proposal team management, budgeting and program execution. Recent examples have included capital-intensive asset management using advanced sensor and monitoring technologies, practical wireless technology solutions, and increased use of analytics for benchmarking performance. I have an abiding interest in imparting knowledge on energy, and challenges we face in a world that has dramatically increased consumption but yet remains dependent on fossil fuels. Career goals are to assure balance between technology gains and social good.
Research and Publication
Professional and Honorary Societies (partial list)
Honors and Awards
Presenter/Chairperson of National & International Seminars (partial list)
Director, The Energy Institute
1A, West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem PA 18015
July 2016- Present
The Director's primary responsibility is to build on the reputation of the program for developing a world-class workforce for the electric power industry. Students include undergraduates with engineering background as well as in science and mathematics. The curriculum provides a 30-credit immersion during the 10-month period in core subjects as well as technical electives for a Master of Engineering in Energy. Other responsibilities include the following: coordinating research projects between the energy industry and LEHIGH university; facilitating technology transfer, concept demonstrations, cross-industry studies, and other forms of knowledge dissemination for the utility industry; teaching at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels; supervising student projects; establishing strong interactions with an energy industrial advisory council; organizing an industrial seminar series; graduate student recruitment; and annual solicitation of ongoing and additional industrial support. The Director leads the Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering professional degree program.
Assistant Director UNC Charlotte EPIC
University of North Carolina Charlotte, Energy Production Infrastructure Center
February 2014- June 2016
Serves as the Assistant Director of EPIC, leading the Power Moderinization and Renewable Resources Integration Cluster. Leads EPIC efforts with technology incubator companies supported by PORTAL at UNC Charlotte to line up energy companies as potential investors and demonstration sites as well as provide a pipeline of graduate student candidates that can develop masters and doctoral dissertations on the work with the start up companies. Also responsible for Executive level seminars of interest to energy industry and developer of energy concentration courses of value to the industry.
Chief Technology Advisor
Tennessee Valley Authority (www.tva.com )
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Utilities industry
June 2012 – Present.
Serves as the TVA expert resource for technology identification, evaluation and implementation. This position will coordinate and collaborate with TVA Strategic Business Units, the Board and stakeholders, and external organizations including Congress, State Officials, government agencies, and private corporations. This position evaluates and selectively implements all energy generation, transmission, utilization, emerging environmental technologies, clean/renewable energy sources, and energy efficiency aligned with TVA Vision. Responsible for developing outside partnerships and finding opportunities to support large scale technology development and deployment.
Vice President, Technology Innovation
April 2010 – June 2012 (2 years 3 months)
Develop, Demonstrate and Deliver practical technology solutions to the economic operation and maintenance of TVA generation and delivery assets. Manage Renewable Energy Technology, Electric Transportation & Infrastructure, Consumer Innovation, Technologies for Power Generation and Power Delivery. Promote collaboration and partnerships to meet TVA's Strategic Goals of clean and reliable power generation, and maintain greater than "five 9" transmission reliability at the lowest cost to consumers as well as promote the economic development and environmental stewardship of the Tennessee Valley.
Signatech Systems, Inc. (www.signatechsystems.com )
June 2007 – March 2010 (2 years 10 months)
Signatech System works with the global electric power industry and companies in that supply chain. Our strengths are in sensor technologies to monitor process/equipment conditions, maintenance technologies and climate change solutions. The common theme is intelligent asset management, our core strength. How do we maximize asset value and reliability? What process and/or equipment to monitor? What sensing technologies to use? How will it work under practical field conditions and finally how to make sure that the process can be integrated with workforce skills and that benchmarking is in place to quantify benefits up and down the value chain? .
Market Director, Power Delivery and Markets
EPRI (www.epri.com )
501-1000 employees; Utilities industry
February 2006 – 2007 (1 year)
Responsible for developing, positioning annual R&D portfolio for the Power Delivery and Markets sector ($65M); developing marketing collaterals; preparing executive presentations and pricing products to assure simplicity and fairness to the global members
EPRI Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry
July 1986 – January 2006 (19 years 7 months)
Responsible for planning, prioritizing, budgeting and executing on Annual R&D Program; present to various Program Committees and international forums; expand membership by assisting Sales and Marketing staff. Managed with increasing responsibility and staff, the Advanced NDE program, the Nuclear and Fossil I&C Programs, the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) support Program
Research and Development Manager
AMF Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Oil Country Tubular Goods; Entertainment industry
February 1984 – February 1985 (1 year 1 month)
Manager for R&D and prototype testing of future industrial and consumer products for the conglomerate. The products extended from industrial goods (oil country tubular goods testing) to consumer products (Bowling balls, yachts, etc.)
Business Development Manager (www.honeywell.com )
Tetra Tech- A subsidiary of Honeywell Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HON; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry
February 1980 – February 1984 (4 years 1 month)
Developing R&D projects under new business areas; executing on projects for government and commercial clients
Adaptronics- A Flow General Company
June 1973 – February 1980 (6 years 9 months)
Responsible for executing on projects; advising Program Manager on innovations for expanding the business base; responsible for preparing presentations to clients and funders.
A system for detecting and measuring subsurface fatigue cracks wherein acoustic pulse-echo data from the crack under test are manipulated to extract all acoustic characteristics by means of a Fourier operation, deconvolution and inverse Fourier operation, providing a spectral and cepstral analysis on these data and then utilizing the results of the spectral and cepstral analysis to obtain parameters which are utilized in an adaptive learning network to provide crack length measurements
Volunteer Experience & Causes
TVA Loaned Executive
Combined Federal Campaign
Executive loaned to Federal agencies to promote increased participation with charity organizations.
Community Networking and Development (partial list)
Technical Articles/Reports (partial list)
Technical Reports EPRI Publications
Software- EPRI Products
 Taught courses in “Estimation Theory”, “Signal Processing”, “Linear Systems”
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