William Ernst, Ph.D., has served as Vice President and Chief Scientist since June 1997. Dr. Ernst is responsible for technology assessment and acquisition as well as technical initiatives within the government sector.
Prior to joining Plug Power, Dr. Ernst was Business Area Manager of the Technology Division at Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI), where he was responsible for management and development of the fuel cell, hybrid electric vehicle and flywheel business. His other positions at MTI included Business Development Manager, Manager for the Kinematic and Advanced Power System Programs, and Program Manager for the Automotive Stirling Engine Program. Previously, Dr. Ernst founded Rensselaer Associates and held positions with Huyck Corporation and Ling Tempco Vought.
Dr. Ernst is the author of over 100 technical reports and papers on subjects including Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Technology Development and Application and Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics. Dr. Ernst is the recipient of the 1998 Partnership for the Next Generation of Vehicles Award. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Tufts University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.