Over 40 years of Fuel Cell Seminar
Since 1976, the Fuel Cell Seminar has been a staple for fuel cell industry professionals, researchers, and stakeholders to meet with colleagues and customers alike and see the latest developments of this exciting industry.
Attracting an international audience, the Fuel Cell Seminar features the latest fuel cell and hydrogen products, technical and market research, policy updates, and commercialization strategies for all applications and market sectors. The Fuel Cell Seminar is the foremost event for networking with industry representatives, current and potential customers, stakeholders and decision makers interested in the clean, reliable, resilient power potential of fuel cells.
Leadership for the Fuel Cell Seminar is provided by our Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
499 S. Capitol Street SW
Washington, DC 20003
Erin is a principal with Cascade Associates and has been advocating for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency for over twenty years. Throughout her career, she has amassed a notable and comprehensive track record of advancing energy-related legislation, tax incentives, including the Fuel Cell Investment Tax Credit, and increasing federal funding for her clients. Currently, Erin and the team at Cascade Associates represent the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Federal Performance Contracting Coalition, and others.
Before joining Cascade, Erin was the Director of Federal Government Relations for Plug Power, a publicly traded fuel cell company, for which she still consults.
Erin began her professional career working on Capitol Hill in the Office of Representative Jack Quinn (RNY), managing the Congressman’s energy and environment portfolio, and developing a deep understanding of electricity generation markets, energy efficiency and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. Her portfolio also included appropriations, tax, telecommunications and advising the Congressman on any issues related to his seat on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Those responsibilities allowed her to develop a close working relationship with agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Erin attended American University's Washington Semester program, is a graduate of Muskingum University and lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband Aaron and daughters Scarlett and Grace.
FuelCell Energy, Inc.
3 Great Pasture Road
Danbury, CT 00681
Frank Wolak is Vice President for FuelCell Energy, a Danbury, Connecticut based developer and manufacturer of advanced ultraclean fuel cell power systems. An executive with over 25 years of experience in many facets of energy with both corporate and entrepreneurial organizations including oil and gas operations (Tenneco), power plant investment and development (Independent Energy Corp. and Equitable Resources), energy services (Noresco) and as well as independent management consulting working with renewable and emerging energy technologies.
At FuelCell Energy, Mr. Wolak focuses on developing strategic business alliances, identifying business development opportunities and in creating a regulatory and policy environment conducive to wide scale deployment of FuelCell Energy’s power plants.
Mr. Wolak is on the board of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society and is a founding member of the Connecticut Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Coalition.
Mike Hicks, Ph.D.
63065 NE 18th Street
Bend, OR 97701
Dr. Hicks holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. In 2000, he joined 3M’s Fuel Cell Components Program where he worked on electrode development for PEM fuel cells and lead the development of 3M’s next generation MEAs. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Hicks was the Principal Investigator on a US Department of Energy Project entitled “MEA and Stack Durability for PEM Fuel Cells.”
In April of 2007, Dr. Hicks joined IdaTech, (now H2PowerTech) as a Fuel Cell Engineer responsible for durability of fuel cell stacks and systems, development of new stack technology and sourcing stack BOP. He is currently Engineering Manager, Technology Development & Integration at H2 PowerTech.
Dr. Hicks has authored three fuel cell related papers and one fuel cell book chapter. He has also given numerous invited and plenary talks at the annual DOE Hydrogen Program Review, Gordon Conference on Fuel Cells, NRC-CNRC Annual Fuel Cell Testing Workshop, Fuel Cell Durability Conference, Advances in Materials for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Conference, and The Electrochemical Society Conferences.
Mark Williams, Ph.D.
421 Jefferson Street Morgantown, WV 26501
Dr. Williams is a proven URS manager and supervisor, directing a $60M R&D portfolio including distributed generation fuel cells, fuel processing, energy storage, turbines, advanced combustion, CFD modeling, waste immobilization, and carbon capture (sorbents, solvents, and membranes), and supervising a mostly Ph.D. R&D staff within Quality Assurance and Environmental, Safety, and Health guidelines. He is responsible for enhancing conduct of operations, conduct of research and project management including integrated resource loaded schedules.
Beginning his career as a chemical engineer for DOE’s Morgantown Energy Technology Center, he, as the DOE Fuel Cell Technology Manager, was instrumental in formulating and directing U.S. fuel cell programs, such as Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA).
As the manager of DOE’s Stationary Fuel Cell Program, the world’s largest program of its kind, Dr. Williams directed nearly $1B of critical federal stationary fuel cell funding for phosphoric acid, molten carbonate, and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) R&D. In addition, he served as Chief Technology Officer of a fuel cell company for 2 years and is Visiting Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and Adjunct Professor, University of Utah and West Virginia University.
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
1211 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Morry Markowitz is the President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Assoication (FCHEA), and leads FCHEA advocacy programs on Capitol Hill and outreach initiatives to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Morry comes with extensive expertise in the energy field, in addition to sixteen years of association management.
Prior to coming to the FCHEA, Morry was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) for nine years. Before his work at EEI, Morry was the Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Morry brings years of government relations, energy policy, and communications experience to the Association. Morry has worked on Capitol Hill, in addition to the Executive Branch of government.
Morry graduated with a J.D. from George Mason School of Law.
Gerard L. Conway, Jr
968 Albany Shaker Road
Latham, New York 12110
Gerard L. Conway, Jr. has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since September 2004 and, since March 2009, has also served as Senior Vice President. In that capacity, Mr. Conway is responsible for advising the Company on legal issues such as corporate law, securities, contracts, strategic alliances and intellectual property. He also serves as the Compliance Officer for securities matters affecting the Company.
During his tenure, Mr. Conway served as Vice President of Government Relations from 2005 to June 2008 and in that capacity he advocated on energy issues, policies, legislation and regulations on the state, federal, national and international levels on behalf of the Company and the alternative energy sector. Prior to his appointment to his current position, Mr. Conway served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Government Relations for the Company beginning in July 2000.
Prior to joining Plug Power, Mr. Conway spent four years as an Associate with Featherstonhaugh, Conway, Wiley & Clyne, LLP, where he concentrated in government relations, business and corporate law. Mr. Conway has more than twenty years of experience in general business, corporate real estate and government relations.
Mr. Conway holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Colgate University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law.