New Director Tom Fuller
From the car you drive, to the school bus your kids ride, the cell phone you dial and the community hospital you rely on -- practically every device or institution that makes life easier, or even possible, these days, consumes energy.As a result, energy security and the associated environmental implications will continue to grow in importance if we are to sustain today's lifestyle, says Tom Fuller, Ph.D., the new director of The Georgia Tech Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies.
"Conservative estimates project that 10 terawatts of additional power will be needed by 2050 to satisfy global energy demands," Fuller
says."This demand will be driven by population growth and economic development.What sources of energy will we come to rely on, and what will be the environmental consequences of providing this power?"
Those are questions that Fuller
scientific and engineering colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology
in Atlanta want to answer.Fuller began his new job July 1 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the applied research arm of Georgia Tech.He
also holds a joint appointment as a full professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
.Fuller follows in the footsteps of David Parekh, Ph.D., who previously led the FCBT center and now is deputy director of GTRI.
is recognized for its ability to develop and test prototype devices for a diverse set of customers," Fuller
"Excelling in both basic research and delivering prototype hardware to customers is a theme we will continue at GTRI
, bridging these areas is how we provide value to our customers," Fuller
noted.Fuller comes to GTRI from United Technologies Corporation in South Windsor, CT, where he was director of engineering at UTC Fuel Cells, a unit of UTC Power.There he led the development of technology for fuel-cell stacks, as well as directed the design, construction and delivery of fuel-cell power sections.He
built a team of scientists and engineers who regularly integrated newly developed lab results, such as ideas for improved power density or durability, into products for major auto manufacturers.Previously, Fuller served as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkley Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley, where he completed his Ph.D.He is a member of the Electrochemical Society and the American Chemical Society.
Fuller plans to broaden and deepen FCBT's excellence in electrochemical systems by increased research with his
Georgia Tech chemical and biomolecular engineering colleagues.Among his
goals for FCBT is developing a better understanding of the chemistry, physics, durability and cost of PEM fuel cells, which are used mostly in transportation.
"We want to use the knowledge we develop to make Georgia Tech's
Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Innovative Battery Technologies the preferred resource that proactively serves commercial and military customers and stakeholders with the newest research and products," Fuller