He is a senior research fellow for Energy Conversion Engineering at National Energy Technology Laboratory with more than 30 years of experience in energy systems research, including all types of energy conversion devices. He has lead or directed projects investigating turbine technologies, fuel cells, carbon dioxide capture, combustion, heat transfer, coal/biomass gasification, fuel processing, sensors, controls, magnetohydrodynamics, and geothermal energy. In addition to conducting his own research, his responsibilities include developing and executing cooperative research agreements with private industry and academia and evaluating proposed concepts related to energy conversion. He serves as an associate editor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal of Propulsion and Power. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, master’s in mechanical engineering, and bachelor’s in physics and mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
He is the technology manager of National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Natural Gas and Oil Research and Development (R&D) program. In this capacity, he manages an R&D portfolio encompassing advanced technology projects ranging from basic energy science (modeling, materials development, sensors, controls) through large-scale field demonstrations and includes natural gas (shale gas), enhanced oil recovery, deepwater oil and gas production, and methane hydrates. He has 17 years of diversified engineering and management experience that spans a broad spectrum of technology areas including electric power generation, advanced greenhouse gas control, process control, coal conversion processes (oxycombustion, gasification and chemical looping), thermoelectric water management, and simulation/systems analysis.
Previously at NETL, he served as director of the Office of Coal and Power R&D Program and technology manager of the Carbon Capture Program and Engineering Systems Analyst. Prior to joining NETL, he worked as a chemical engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and as a research/process engineer for Calgon Carbon Corporation. He has a bachelor’s and master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.