Great Lakes Energy Institute understands the importance of strategic leadership and relies on the expertise of the high level executives that comprise our Advisory Board. Led by CEO of Franklin Park Infrastructure Company and Case Western Reserve alumnus Thomas Tribone ('74), the Board meets quarterly to provide assistance and guidance to the Institute as it enables the transition to advanced sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization, through coordinated research, development and education.
The Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board is comprised of internal and external stakeholders: current and retired top executives and researchers offering expertise in multiple alternative energy sectors. You can learn more about each of our Board members by clicking on their name below.
Bob SavinellGeorge S. Dively Professor in EngineeringDistinguished University ProfessorProfessor, Chemical Engineering
Develops high-performance electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies through fundamental and applied studies of interfacial and transport processes
Chief Science and Technology Officer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate
Vice president of Electrical Service and Federal Sales, Eaton
Operating Partner in Private Equity
Assistant Professor, Weatherhead School of Management
President, Nexus Engineering Group, LLC
Research Director, Underwriters Laboratories Inc
Director of Government Relations, Argonne National Laboratory
Director, Electrical and Electronic Systems Research Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Advanced Energy Business Development Manager, Rockwell Automation
Principal Commodity Manager - Strategic Battery Partnership, Amazon
Vice President Energy Solutions, Siemens Energy Management
Chairman, Great Lakes Energy Institute and Founder, CEO of Franklin Park Infrastructure Company
Associate Laboratory Director, Materials and Chemical Science and Technology
Former attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of General Counsel and Assistant Director, Office of Enforcement
Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing for First Solar, Inc
Jill Martin is a Fellow in the Packaging and Specialty Plastics business of The Dow Chemical Company. For the past 26 years, she has served in both research and development (R&D) and technical service and development (TS&D) for the North America Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons (P&SP&H) business. She began her career in R&D working on polyethylene product development including hot melt adhesives, automotive UTH applications, and hygiene absorbent products before moving into a role in New Business Development focusing on technical and commercial evaluation of external technologies. In 2003 she joined the TS&D group working directly with customers and brand owners in the hygiene, rigid and flexible packaging and medical device markets before transitioning into her current role aligned to developing plastics for a circular economy. In this role she has responsibility for development of products and partnerships within the packaging value chains including the private and public sectors to enable acceleration of scalable solutions. In her spare time, she looks to re-establish herself on the tennis courts and in local 5k and 10k runs supporting causes related to ending food insecurity and female empowerment.
Timothy R. Toppen
Industry Specialization – Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Marketing
Senior Vice President, JLL Managing the installation of a 2.8 MW Cogeneration facility for HOST Hotels & Resorts and various Fuel Cell installations for JPMC
Douglas HartmanDirector, Generation Services,
Doug is currently responsible for proactively supporting FirstEnergy’s regulated generation fleet and the strategic application of renewable assets. The Project Engineering, Field & Technical Services, and Operations & Maintenance teams augment the engineering and technical program for FirstEnergy’s regulated generation business unit. Generation Services is also responsible for the development and installation of Mon Power’s West Virginia Solar Program.
Additionally, the Great Lakes Energy Institute would like to thank the following Advisory Board Alumni who have contributed their knowledge, service and support to ensure our ongoing success.
Walter J. Culver
Dr. Walter J. Culver is Founding Member Emeritus of the Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and formerly its board chairman. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the School of Engineering of CWRU. He enjoyed a 40-year career in industry, first as a lead technologist and mathematician on NASA and DoD programs, and later as one of a few hundred of the nation’s senior executives who defined how to deliver information technology to enable complex, end-to-end systems. Dr. Culver founded and ran a number of large corporate organizations to build and deploy such systems. In energy modernization he was lead author with M. Hong for “Decline of Coal—Driven by Policy or Technology?”, The Electricity Journal, Sept. 2016, and authored “High-Value Energy Storage for the Grid: A Multi-Dimensional Look,” The Electricity Journal, Dec. 2010. He was supporting coauthor with J. Mellentine and R. Savinell, "Simulation and Optimization of a Flow Battery in an Area Regulation Application," J. of Applied Electrochemistry, October 2011; with M. Hong and K. Loparo, “Towards a More Reliable and Efficient Electric Distribution System,” IEEE EnergyTech Conference, Cleveland, OH, May 21-23, 2013; and with them for “Optimal Control of Backup Generation in a Campus Microgrid,” IEEE EnergyTech 2014 & AIAA Propulsion and Energy Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, July 28-30, 2014.
Former Executive Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute
President and Chief Executive Officer, NorTech
Chairman of the Board, New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority
Director of FirstEnergy Technologies, FirstEnergy Service Company
Principal, Lucius Pitkin, Inc.
Partner, Greene & Allison
Manager, Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy Storage and Transmission Analysis Department
Director, Product Innovation & Development for FirstEnergy Service Company
Founder, CEO, DynaMotors Inc.
Former Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Keithley Instruments, Inc.
Former partner, Newton Falls Fine Paper Company LLC
Chair, Williams Mullen law firm’s Energy Practice Group
Former Executive Director, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
President, FirstEnergy Solutions
Teacher of history of technology, energy and the environment, historical methods, and contemporary history
Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Vice Chairman, Founder and Principal, Green Strategies, LLC
Former Director, Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering R&D and Chief Geophysicist, Exploration Manager and General Manager of Business Development.