10 Questions with a Fuel Cell Engineer

June 8th, 2010

Today marks the first post in a new section on Nuvera’s blog, where we put the literary (and literal) spotlight on one of our employees, asking them questions about what they do at Nuvera, what they do outside of Nuvera, and just in general, what they do.

I posed 10 questions to Rob Dross, Lead Fuel Cell Development Engineer, who has been at Nuvera since 2009.  Rob grew up in Syracuse, NY and went to Clarkson University. He started his career at GE Power Systems before moving on to Plug Power where he worked for 8 1/2 years on fuel cells and hydrogen generation equipment as a Mechanical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Lead Module Engineer, and Senior Electrochemical Engineer.

1.  What do you do at Nuvera? I’m working on the development of our next generation fuel cell stack. My focus over the past year or so has been on subfreezing start stop testing for the automotive application.

2.  What do you enjoy most about your job? Working in such an exciting, fast paced, and dynamic environment with the goal of achieving sustainable energy production.

3.  What do you like least? Being stuck in an office all day (I’m still waiting for the first outdoor fuel cell laboratory).

4.  If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be? A small scale organic farmer.

5.  What made you want to work on fuel cells? Working on fuel cells allows me to combine my passion for environmentalism with my desire to work in an exciting high-tech field.  It’s really a perfect fit.

6. What is your favorite element? Hydrogen of course, so simple yet so powerful.

7.  What is your homepage? google.com Boring but efficient (fitting for an engineer)

8. If we can’t find you at your desk, you must be __________. Definitely back in the labs working on some new test or technique.

9. What do you like to do outside of work? When I’m not at work you could find me listening to avant-garde jazz, playing upright bass with local country/folk/bluegrass band Acousticana, or doing just about anything active outside including road and mt. biking, hiking, sailing, running, skiing, snowshoeing, etc…

10.  What is your ringtone? I’m gonna have to go with vibrate for this one, my ringer is almost never on to avoid those annoying cell phone interruption.

Thanks to Rob for taking the time to answer these questions.  Leave your own answers in the comments section!

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