SELECT Advisory Council

The SELECT Advisory Council is engaged in the center’s vision by guiding future research to drive wide-scale adoption of electric transportation. Members of the Advisory Council facilitate relationships by representing SELECT at state, national, and international levels in industry and government circles. The board meets bi-annually to review these objectives.

Officers

Andrew Liu

PE, GE
Co-Founder at Arrivo

Mr. Liu leads the design-build of the world’s first Hyperloop test track; while also partnering with multiple Hyperloop companies to advance this 5th mode of transit. Among other initiatives, he is involved with Smart Parking, autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle infrastructures.

As former Senior Vice President of the creative New Ventures group, Mr. Andrew Liu played an important role in AECOM’s innovative technological and market integration. Areas of interest include future transportation; water-energy nexus and creative project financing; the Internet of Things and Smart Cities.

Mr. Liu is a licensed civil and geotechnical engineer in California with close to 20 years of experience in transportation. His many transit projects include California High Speed Rail, Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project, BART Seismic Retrofit, Crenshaw Light Rail, and LA Metro Goldline Eastside Extension.

Prior to his current role with startup Arrivo, Andrew worked in corporate strategy for the CEO of AECOM, managed the Los Angeles Transportation market for AECOM, founded multiple investor-backed startups, and was a partner at a North American tunneling consultancy. His technical areas of expertise include earthquake engineering, tunneling, and underground construction. He has published multiple refereed publications on those subject matters and served as a keynote speaker for international tunneling conferences.

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H. Scott Hinton

President, USU Research Foundation

H. Scott Hinton is the president of the Utah State University Research Foundation (USURF). USURF pursues innovative solutions to connect discovery research and outcomes that benefit the nation and society. An integral function of USURF is the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers in the nation.

The Space Dynamics Laboratory applies research to the technology challenges presented in the military and science arenas and has developed revolutionary solutions that are changing the way the world collects and uses data. SDL’s core competencies are electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems and small satellite technologies. Headquartered in Logan, Utah, SDL has operations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Bedford, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Houston, Texas.

The Space Dynamics Laboratory applies research to the technology challenges presented in the military and science arenas and has developed revolutionary solutions that are changing the way the world collects and uses data. SDL’s core competencies are electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems and small satellite technologies. Headquartered in Logan, Utah, SDL has operations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Bedford, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Houston, Texas.

Prior to his current role, Hinton was dean of the College of Engineering at Utah State University. Hinton is active in the scientific and engineering community; he holds 12 patents, has published over 35 journal articles and 85 conference papers, and conducted research with smart pixels, free-space optical interconnections and technology-enhanced learning environments.

Hinton began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Naperville, IL and later became the head of the Photonic Switching Department in 1989. Subsequently he was the BNR-NT/NSERC chair in the Photonic Systems at McGill University until he was named the Hudson Moore Jr. Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Following that position, he chaired the University of Kansas Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department as the Dean E. Acker Distinguished Professor. His industry expertise and leadership skills are vital to the continued success of Utah State University’s advanced research.

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Dr. Laura Nelson

Utah Governor's Energy Advisor

Dr. Laura Nelson was appointed in May 2016 by Governor Herbert to serve as his Energy Policy Advisor. In addition to her appointment, Nelson serves as the Executive Director of the Utah Office of Energy Development (OED), responsible for implementing the state energy policy. Through strategic development of the state’s diverse energy and minerals sector, Nelson and the OED are firmly committed to responsible energy policies, environmental issues and conservative administration of public lands.

Dr. Nelson previously served as the Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Potash Ridge, Corp., the Vice President of Energy and Environmental Development at Red Leaf Resources, and as the Energy Advisor to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman. Dr. Nelson’s board and committee appointments include serving as the Chair of the Utah Energy Infrastructure board, a board member and member of the Executive Committee of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and as a western representative on the board of the National Association of Energy Offices.

Dr. Nelson is proactive in defining and supporting balanced and sustainable energy solutions and has over 20 years of experience working on energy and natural resource issues in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah. She is actively engaged in supporting community initiatives to enhance the welfare of low income families.

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Prabhakar B. Patil

Senior Advisor, LG Chem

Dr. Prabhakar Patil is the Senior Advisor to LG Chem Power where he previously served as the CEO for 10 years. Among many major accomplishments during his tenure, the opening of a LG Chem’s $303 million lithium ion battery factory in Holland, Michigan is significant. The battery technology created there supplies the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric and other vehicles. Federal appropriations of $151 million funded half of the plant’s establishment.

Dr. Patil spent his professional career of 27 years at Ford Motor Company, in various engineering and management positions. He served as chief engineer for Ford's Hybrid Technologies during 2003 and was also Chief Engineer for the Ford Escape Hybrid from 1998 to 2003.

Dr. Patil holds a Bachelors' degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Masters of Science in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Now retired, he teaches part time at his alma mater, IIT

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Kent Wanner

John Deere

Kent is a Sr. Staff Power Electronics Design Engineer at John Deere Engineering Solutions. After receiving his BSEE in 1996 from North Dakota State University, he joined the Electronic Design Department of Phoenix International (now JDES). He spent the next decade designing robust controllers, displays, sensors, and telematics systems for ruggedized vehicle applications. Since 2007, he has been applying that experience to vehicle electrification projects and has numerous patents and industry publications related to power electronics and electric motor drive systems.

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Laurence Dunn

Hyster-Yale

Laurence Dunn is the Senior Engineer at the Nacco Materials Handling Group, a subcompany of Hyster-Yale. Dunn has developed key management expertise through 20+ years of engineering experience. Dunn received his B.S. Engineering degree in Electronics, Physics, and Telecommunications from the Auckland University of Technology.

The Hyster-Yale group designs, engineers, manufactures, sells, and provides materials handling equipment to a wide network of companies, primarily in Eastern Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and China. The wide range of electric and internal combustion engine lift trucks have various indoor and outdoor applications; narrow aisle warehouse trucks, toughest cargo handling equipment and counterbalanced lift trucks. The Hyster and Yale companies, formerly known as NACCO merged to drive the industry forward and continue to do so through partnerships with experts of hydrogen fuel cell and advanced battery technologies.

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Tallis Blalack

SELECT Consultant, SolarX Operations VP

Blalack is a tech-to-market advisor, the co-founder of several startups as well as marketing leader for multiple NASDAQ-100 companies. Blalack has held positions at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. His unique consultation expertise focuses on business development, strategic marketing, and program management.

He has electrical engineering degrees; BS from University of Idaho, MS from University of Virginia, and Ph.D. from Stanford.

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