The Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program Advisory Committee provides input on project-related activities. The members represent diverse types of expertise, including knowledge and experience related to all facets of electric drive vehicles and their supporting infrastructure. The committee is comprised of representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), utilities, NAFTC National Training Centers, USDOE Clean Cities Coalitions, state departments of education, first responder organizations, and others. The committee members meet biannually to provide input and feedback on all project activities, serve as subject matter experts, review materials, and develop white papers.
AEDVE Program Advisory Committee Members
Lanny Adkins is a program coordinator with West Virginia University Fire Service Extension, where he has been employed since 2008. Prior to his current position at the State Fire Academy in Weston, W. Va., Adkins worked in fire service, accumulating 36 years of experience as a company officer, training officer and safety officer at the Huntington Fire Department. A graduate of Marshall University, Adkins has served as a fire service instructor for more than 40 years at not only the WVU Fire Service Extension, but also with Kentucky Technology and the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. Adkins currently resides in Camden, W. Va.
Gary W. Caille
Gary Caille, Ph.D., is the founder and current director of Systems Solutions Group at Colorado State University Ventures. He is also a licensed professional engineer in Georgia. After extensive training and experience with the U.S. Navy, Caille founded the Undersea Research Program Office, a joint research group between the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the School of Mechanical Engineering. Caile was the director of the Electro-Optics, Environment and Materials Laboratory and the program manager for the ULTRA Armored Patrol Vehicle Program, where he delivered a next generation armored panel vehicle. Following a stint directing the systems engineering and requirements validation for the Marine Personnel Carrier program, Caille was the Manager of the Vehicle Systems Program Office at the GTRI and Professor of Mechanical Engineering until June 2008. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gene Coulson, Ed.D., is currently the executive director of the Office of Career and Technical Innovation at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), where he has championed public school career and technical education for 25 years. Mr. Coulson’s record of exceptional leadership to the public schools of West Virginia include founding the Office of Hospitality Education and Training, working with Vision Shared on their Blueprint for Entrepreneurship and working with the West Virginia Auto and Truck Dealers Association to develop a partnership between the association members and the West Virginia Auto Tech programs to provide internships for students in local dealerships. Mr. Coulson has also supervised curriculum, instruction, professional development and local technical assistance as coordinator of Marketing and Cooperative Education at the WVDE. Mr. Coulson received his B.S. at Christopher Newport University, a MS.Ed. at Virginia Tech and an Ed.D. at the Nova Southeastern University.
Gerry Griffith joined the West Virginia University Research Corporation in 2008 as the Director of Communications. In this position, he is responsible for coordinating research news across all West Virginia University disciplines for local, regional and national press outlets and manages the University’s Research web portal -http://research.wvu.edu/. He is also the WVU representative on the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Research laboratory Regional University Alliance Communications Committee. Prior to WVU, Griffith worked as communications director in the 1980s and in the 2000s for US Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (1st District, WV) who chaired the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. Griffith was also an Associate Staff Member of the US House Appropriations Committee 1987-1990; Vice President for Public Affairs at Wheeling Jesuit University 1990-2002; and Director of Public Affairs at Touchstone Research Laboratory 2002-2004. He returned to Congressional staff service in 2004. Griffith successfully managed Congressional campaigns for Rep. Mollohan in 1984, 1986 and 2006. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for the Morgantown Dominion Post in 1976.
Thomas Gross is an energy consultant, supporting work on the market introduction of plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles, and promoting the usage of other alternative fuel technologies. Mr. Gross has over 30 years of Federal government experience, primarily with the US Department of Energy (USDOE). He held senior leadership positions within the USDOE, with responsibilities for energy program planning, analysis, budgeting and implementation. As deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Transportation Technologies, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Mr. Gross initiated and managed research, development of partnerships with industry and deployment. He had a role in the implementation of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles between the federal government and the US Council for Automotive Research, representing Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler. While at USDOE, Mr. Gross made significant contributions in the area of Transportation Energy Technologies, Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Development and Alternative Fuels Program management. Mr. Gross received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Herdler has experience in clean air initiatives and the automotive field. He has been involved with the Clean Cities Program since its inception in 1993 and assisted in forming Atlanta’s Clean Cities Program in Georgia. After relocating to St. Louis in 1998, Herdler became involved with the St. Louis Regional Clean Cities Program and was appointed executive director in 2000. Herdler has worked in the automotive field for 39 years, having graduated from technical school as a diesel technician. He also is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Roy Nutter, Ph.D., is a professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. He leads a research group in digital forensics in the West Virginia Cyber Crime Consortium. In addition to many roles in instruction and research, Nutter has served WVU as a department chair, Faculty Senate chair and member and Board of Governors member as well as many other high level committees and task forces. Before his time at WVU, Nutter was a project engineer for NCR’s Accounting Computer Division. He also is a registered professional engineer and does consulting within his broad knowledge and experience. He holds 10 patents in multiple areas of engineering. Nutter was a faculty advisor to the first hybrid electric car built by WVU students in 1992. Since then, he has served as a consultant to the annual hybrid vehicle projects built by the engineering students at WVU. In 1994, Nutter began a new student project with the Formula Lightning electric race car. Nutter has published over 100 papers in areas including electronics, embedded computers in underground mining, electric vehicles and digital forensics.
Andrew O’Neal is the dean of the College of Technologies at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
After nearly a decade of experience as an automotive technician and service manager, Mr. O’Neal became an auto diesel instructor, teaching courses on electrical and electronics, steering and suspension and engine performance and drivability at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Named automotive department chairman in 1996, associate dean in 199 and dean in 2001, Mr. O’Neal has authored several automotive industry articles on electrical and electronics topics. At UNOH, Mr. O’Neal has developed and taught self-study and virtual college electrical and electronics courses, organized manufacturer affiliated programs and coordinated the partnership between the UNOH and the NAFTC. Mr. O’Neal received a B.S. in Vocational Education from the University of Toledo and a M.B.A. from the University of
Chris Peterson has been a technical trainer at Toyota’s Central Atlantic Regional office since October 1990. Having been involved with hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle technical training since fall 1999, Peterson has assisted with curriculum development for several versions of Toyota training programs. An Automotive Service Excellence Certified Master Technician, Peterson received his associate’s degree from Harford Community College in Maryland. Prior to his employment at Toyota, Peterson was an automotive technician during the day and adjunct automotive faculty member in the evening. He has been featured on “MotorWeek,” discussing hybrid electric vehicles. A regular speaker at seminars, instructor institutes and club meetings, Peterson has led training sessions for salespeople, first responders, NASA personnel and U.S. Department of Energy employees. In addition, he has served on advisory councils for high school automotive programs.
R. Paul Williamson, Ph.D., is on a year’s leave of absence from his work at the University of Montana’s Alternative Energy Technologies’ hydrogen and alternative energy research and development, while he established a new company, Sustainable Systems of Colorado and writes a book, “Declaring War on Energy.” His work with the DOT, DOE, DOD, USDA and other groups has established the University as a leading developer of innovative hydrogen safety, transportation, training, production, storage and distribution technologies. He has an academic administrative, teaching, innovation, technology and project management background while holding a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University.