Andy Marsh | Plug Power, Inc.

Speaking on Monday, July 22, 2019, 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (CEC)

Andy Marsh joined Plug Power as President and CEO 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.

As President and CEO, Marsh plans and directs all aspects of the organization’s policies and objectives, and is focused on building a company that leverages Plug Power’s combination of technological expertise, talented people and focus on sales growth to continue the Company’s leadership stance in the future alternative energy economy. Mr. Marsh continues to spearhead hydrogen fuel cell innovations, and his ability to drive revenue growth of 296 percent has landed Plug Power on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500TM list in 2015 and 2016.

Previously, Mr. Marsh was a co-founder of Valere Power, where he served as CEO and Board Member from the Company’s inception in 2001, through its sale to Eltek ASA in 2007. Under his leadership, Valere grew into a profitable global operation with over 200 employees and $90 million in revenue derived from the sale of DC power products to the telecommunications sector. During Mr. Marsh’s tenure, Valere Power received many awards such as the Tech Titan award as the fastest growing technology company in the Dallas Fort Worth area and the Red Herring Top 100 Innovator Award. Prior to founding Valere, he spent almost 18 years with Lucent Bell Laboratories in a variety of sales and technical management positions.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). HTAC has the important responsibility to provide advice to the Department of Energy regarding its hydrogen and fuel cell program goals, strategies, and activities. 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.
Mr. Marsh holds an MSEE from Duke University and an MBA from SMU.

Presentation Topic: “The Growing Hydrogen Economy and the Need for Liquid Hydrogen”
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Mykhaylo Filipenko | Siemens AG

Speaking on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (ICMC)

Dr. Mykhaylo Filipenko is the director for the Center of Competence Electric Machines “Higher Power” within Siemens eAircraft. He is responsible for the research and development of multi-megawatt motors and generators for future electric and hybrid-electric aircraft. Under his leadership, several teams work to deliver new concepts and prototypes for very power dense, highly efficient and highly reliable electric machines. This includes in particular new machine topologies, high speed electric machines, superconducting electric machines, high voltage insulation technology and light-weight design. Within eAircraft he is also responsible to drive the digitalization of the R&D process by establishing the digital twin for electric machines. He holds a PhD in experimental particle physics which he received after performing experiments in different labs such as FermiLab, CERN, NIKHEF and DESY.

Presentation topic: “Electric and Hybrid-Electric Aircraft: A Pragmatic View”
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Thomas Glasmacher | FRIB/Michigan State University

Speaking on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (CEC)

As FRIB Laboratory Director and FRIB Project Director, Thomas Glasmacher has full responsibility and authority to execute the FRIB Project. This includes overall line management responsibility, the design, construction, and transition to operations of FRIB, the management of all contractors, and ensuring the full project scope is delivered in a safe, cost-efficient, and environmentally responsible manner. Within MSU, he also is the responsible administrator for the 850-employee FRIB Laboratory, which is equivalent to a college within Michigan State University.

Thomas joined the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU in 1992 as an NSCL Fellow and performed research in intermediate energy nuclear physics. In 1995 he joined the MSU faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and NSCL, where he is now a University Distinguished Professor. His research resulted in more than 200 publications and focused on exploring the structure of rare isotopes with new experimental techniques involving gamma-rays. This work was recognized in 2006 with the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences.

In 2008 Thomas led the team that prepared the winning FRIB proposal. Thomas was a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee from 2004-2007, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a Stanford Certified Project Manager. Thomas earned MS (1990) and PhD (1992) degrees in low-energy experimental nuclear physics from Florida State University.

Presentation topic: “The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and the MSU Cryogenic Initiative”
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Zach Hartwig | MIT, Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Speaking on Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:55 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Zachary (Zach) Hartwig is the John C. Hardwick Assistant Professor in the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department and Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), the leader in high-field fusion science and engineering for over 40 years. He is also a co-founder of Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a private company commercializing fusion energy through the advancement of high-field superconducting magnetic technology based on high-temperature superconductors (HTS). He has worked in the areas of fusion nuclear and materials science, high-field fusion energy device design, and HTS magnets for over a decade. His recent work has focused on the testing, analysis, and qualification of commercial HTS tapes and on the engineering development and experimental qualification of >50 kA-class HTS conductors for high-field magnet applications. He now leads a joint PSFC-CFS team on the SPARC Toroidal Field Model Coil Project, which seeks to demonstrate a large-scale HTS magnet by June 2021. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2013 for developing a new generation of particle accelerator-based diagnostics to study plasma-material interactions and received his B.A. in Physics from Boston University in 2005.

Presentation topic: “SPARC: The High-field Path to Fusion Energy”
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