NY-BEST Board of Directors

NY-BEST Board members are elected for staggered two year terms at the annual meeting held in March of each year. Board members must be employed by NY-BEST member organizations.

Transparent and open decision-making are hallmarks of NY-BEST. Board Members must comply with our conflict of interest policy.

Energy Storage Industry Directors

Suzanne Escudier
S&C Electric Company
Suzanne Escudier graduated from the Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. She is a member of IEEE, Women in Engineering, IEEE Power & Energy Society. She joined S&C Electric Company in 2003 and is the Energy Storage Application Director focusing on large scale Grid connected Energy Storage. Her previous S&C experience included living in Melbourne, AU 5 years managing the Australasia territory, followed by Director Renewables in Europe (EMEA) and then Director Business Development Africa. Prior to joining S&C Electric Company, she was with Cooper Industries for 12 years as well as several other electrical & electronic firms in the USA. Her 25+ years of experience have primarily focused in electrical design engineering, distribution engineering, power quality, renewables and energy storage in global sales and marketing. S&C Electric is a System Integrator and offers the broadest range of energy storage solutions in the industry. S&C can furnish/integrate a system that will increase the utilization of renewable energy from a wind or solar plant, or provide supplemental power to customers. S&C’s Energy Storage capabilities include Analytical Studies, Consulting Services, Design, EPC, Laboratory Testing, Automation and Asset Management.  Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Matt Fronk
Eastman Kodak
Vice Chair
Matt brings over 38 years of experience from the automotive sector in the development of advanced propulsion systems and components. He provides Strategic and Engineering Consulting Services to both start-up and established organizations in the Fuel Cell, Battery, and Alternative Energy Industries thru his consulting company. He works closely with local, state, and federal organizations and officials to bring new companies in the Energy sector to the Rochester area. Matt serves on the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council’s Next Generation Manufacturing & Technology sub-group. He was also selected as a subject matter expert in fuel cells for two National Academies Committee studies: (1) Evaluation of 2025 CAFÉ regulations which was issued in 2015 and (2) for a 2016 evaluation of the US Drive Partnership program. He was responsible for the BEST Test & Commercialization Center build and outfitting and continues to introduce potential customers to the facility. Matt has been working with the Eastman Business Park business development team, was instrumental in putting together the Kodak Pilot Cell Assembly Commercialization Center, and takes an active leadership role in supporting the development of the Energy Sector in NYS.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 *
Fernando Gómez-Baquero
Fernando Gómez-Baquero is the Co-founder and CEO of BESSTECH LLC, an Binghamton-based startup developing novel silicon-based anodes and components for lithium-ion batteries. His research interests are advanced nanomaterials for energy storage applications, the economic impact of pervasive nanotechnologies, and high-tech entrepreneurship. Fernando holds a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, NY. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Carrie Cullen Hitt
NextEra Energy Resources
Carrie currently works as a Director in the External and Regulatory Affairs team of Next era Energy Resources. Prior to this role Carrie work as a Senior Director on the Distributed Generation team. Prior to joining NeXT era Carrie was SVP of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association and President of the Solar Alliance. Both organizations focused on creation and implementation of sustainable solar policy. Prior to joining the Solar Alliance Carrie served in multiple roles at Constellation Energy, now Exelon. She has also worked at the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, Green Mountain Energy Resources, the Massachusetts Legislature and the Office of Energy and Environment (United Kingdom). Carrie currently serves on the advisory board of the Fraunhofer Institute (Boston), is Nextera’s alternate Board member to the California Energy Policy Association and an active member in the Energy Storage Association. Carrie is a graduate of Clark University (BA) and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MA). Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Christina Lampe Onnerud
Cadenza Innovation, LLC
Christina Lampe-Onnerud is the CEO and Founder of Cadenza Innovation, Inc., a transformational start–up technology company developing a disruptive, high–performance, low–cost, safe Lithium–Ion battery for the electric drive and grid energy storage markets. Cadenza completed in 2017 a project award under NYSERDA’s Advanced Clean Power Programs entitled High Capacity and Low-Cost Lithium-ion Cell for Peak Energy Demand. A corporate strategist with extensive C–suite experience in building technology–based businesses from inception to rapid revenue growth, Lampe-Onnerud is widely acknowledged in the global energy storage industry for her innovative and technologically pioneering work. Lampe-Onnerud previously created and served as CEO of Boston–Power, an innovative energy storage company with 150+ patents filed and global operations. Before that she was a principal at the Arthur D. Little consulting firm and ran the world’s largest independent testing laboratory. Lampe-Onnerud was recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2010. Lampe-Onnerud holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden and conducted post–doctoral work at MIT where she now serves on the Chemistry Department Visiting Committee.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 *

University Directors

David Mitlin
Clarkson University
David Mitlin is a Professor and General Electric Chair at Clarkson University, USA. Dr. Mitlin’s appointment is jointly in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Prior to that, Dr. Mitlin was an Assistant, Associate and full Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received a Doctorate in Materials Science from U.C. Berkeley in 2000, and was a Directors Funded Post Doctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2000 – 2002 Dr. Mitlin worked as an Integration Engineer at IBM Fishkill. Dr. Mitlin has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles primary on various aspects of energy storage and conversion, with a major emphasis on applied TEM for microstructure – properties relations. He holds 4 granted patents 3 of which are licensed, and has presented around 100 invited, keynote or plenary talks. He has supervised and graduated 14 Ph.D. students, 6 M.S. students and 8 post docs.  Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Paul F. Mutolo
Cornell University
Dr. Paul Mutolo is the Director of External Partnerships for the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University (emc2) and Co-Founder and President of Standard Hydrogen Corporation. He is a founding board member and officer of the New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) consortium. Dr. Mutolo’s professional work is focused on accelerating technology development and deployment through strategic partnerships. He is especially experienced with public-private and multi-party projects. Dr. Mutolo has helped build, nurture and grow a broad portfolio of industry, academic and national laboratory partners for emc2. He builds and assists projects between Cornell researchers developing new materials for batteries and fuel cells and industry partners in and beyond New York State commercializing products in these sectors. Mutolo and colleagues founded The Standard Hydrogen Corporation (SHC) to bring the benefits of hydrogen energy storage to the Eastern US, starting in New York. Dr. Mutolo earned his PhD in inorganic and solid state chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Paul conducted two years of his doctoral research at the WWU in Münster, Germany. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Cornell. Term Expires: Mar 2018 *
Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle
Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle is the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is the former Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab of the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to serving at NREL, he was the Academic Director for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and Director of the NanoPower Research Laboratory at RIT. He has worked as a visiting scientist at the NASA-Glenn Research Center, NASA Kennedy Research Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the author of over 200 refereed publications on energy conversion and storage. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Missouri-Rolla, and B.S and M.S. in Physics from Southern Illinois University.  Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Alan West
Columbia University
Alan West received his BS in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he was first introduced to electrochemical engineering in Uziel Landau’s course. He then studied under John Newman, where he focused on the numerical simulation and theory of current distributions; he received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California. In postdoctoral studies, he worked with Dieter Landolt in the area of electrochemical etching and polishing of metals at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. West joined Columbia University in 1992 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. He is the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University and is currently the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Electrochemistry. Professor West is a recipient of the Electrochemical Society’s Young Author Prize, and a co-author on two other papers that garnered the prize for his students, Roberto Vidal and Igor Volov. He is the 2014 recipient of the Electrodeposition Research Award of the ECS and was named a fellow of ECS in 2016. His research interests include electrodeposition, electrochemical sensors, batteries, and electrochemical synthesis. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
M. Stanley Whittingham
State University of New York
Vice Chair
Stanley Whittingham is the Director of the Institute for Materials Research, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Binghamton University, and since 2011 Director, DOE-EFRC NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage, Binghamton University. He has been involved in battery technology for 50 years, first working on the solid electrolyte beta alumina at Stanford (received Young Author Award of ECS). Later, he worked on lithium batteries at Exxon, from fundamental research through commercialization of the world’s first rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. He holds 15 US Patents related to batteries. Since 1988 he has concentrated on R&D on advanced materials for the electrodes of lithium batteries. He has more than 250 publications, and lectures internationally. He co-chaired the DOE study in 2007 of chemical energy storage (batteries), and helped publicize the recommendations through presentations and a widely publicized article in the Materials Research Society Bulletin. He received the Battery Research Award and Fellowship in the Electrochemical Society. In 2010 he received the American Chemical Society NERM award for his contributions to chemistry, and in 2012 he received the Yeager award of the International Battery Association for his lifetime contributions to battery science. Term Expires: Mar 2018 *

Other Directors

Victor Cardona
Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.
Victor Cardona is a partner with Intellectual Property law firm, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., and is a co-chair and co-founder of the firm's Cleantech Group. He has been a driving force behind the Group’s signature Clean Energy Patent Growth Index which tracks innovations in the Clean Energy area along with the top patent owners, countries and U.S. states for Clean Energy patents. He has spoken and written about this topic in various venues. Victor is experienced in enforcing, and procuring protection for, all types of Intellectual Property including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Victor graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has been a NY BEST Board member since 2013 and is on the Board of the ICLEAN clean energy incubator. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Michael G. Field
Raymond Corporation, Division of Toyota Industries
Michael G. Field is chief executive officer (CEO) for The Raymond Corporation, the North American market leader in producing electric forklifts for the warehouse and distribution markets. Raymond forklifts use regenerative AC inverter driven motor and controls technology. Tens of thousands of units per year are produced at the Greene, New York plant in Chenango County and all those units require energy storage. The most common storage device is a lead acid battery, though Raymond produces units designed to be powered by fuel cells and integrated lithium-ion batteries optimizing on board energy management systems integrated in forklifts as part of the Raymond Value proposition. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Field holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in International Operations from Boston University. He is a council member of the Rochester Institute of Technology Kate Gleason College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council. Mr. Field is a board member of the New York State Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Mr. Field holds a Professional Engineering License in New York State.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 *
Davion Hill
Dr. Davion Hill is 2015 President of NAATBatt International and Energy Storage Leader for DNV GL Americas. He is responsible for DNV GL’s tactical and strategic decisions in energy storage and is an experienced contract R&D consultant and battery expert, serving as Principal Investigator on multiple ARPA-e, NYSERDA, and the California Energy Commission technical R&D. Dr. Hill began DNV’s battery testing program in 2008 and through the acquisition of KEMA and merger with GL, Dr. Hill built new businesses in battery abuse testing, performance modelling, model-driven performance testing, energy storage failure analysis, and fire extinguishing for battery fires. Dr. Hill leads DNV GL’s joint industry program on hybrid power for oil & gas operations in North America. In his tenure with NAATBatt, Dr. Hill founded and led the creation of NAATBatt SD, a strategic development program allowing NAATBatt members to seed-fund precompetitive R&D efforts. Dr. Hill has led, chaired, or participated in multiple panels on the topics of battery safety with NYBEST, NAATBatt, ESA, IEEE, and NAE. He is an accomplished author with over 30+ peer reviewed publications and articles. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Patrick McHugh
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Vice Chair
Patrick McHugh is vice president of Con Edison's Engineering and Planning for the electric distribution system in the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester. As vice president overseeing engineering, he has been closely involved in the design, installation, monitoring and evaluating these important pieces of equipment on the electric system. In addition, Con Edison has a number of on-going research efforts related to the advancement of batteries and other energy storage technologies. He has worked closely with in-house R&D teams to identify and prioritize corporate expenditures on this technology. Mr. McHugh is a graduate of Plattsburgh University with a bachelor’s degree in physics as well as Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Mr. McHugh also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University. Mr. McHugh is also a licensed professional engineer in New York State. He joined the company in 1991 as a management intern and served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career including Electric Operations, System Operations, and Substation Operation and Engineering.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 *
Jim Misewich
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Jim Misewich joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2002 where he is the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Photon Sciences. In this role he has responsibility for a broad portfolio of energy R&D spanning the spectrum from discovery science to deployment of technologies. The Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate includes departments in Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, and Sustainable Energy Technology and two DOE national user facilities: the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). Misewich is also a Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University where he teaches, has research collaborations, and where he works with the DOE funded SBU-BNL Energy Frontier Research Center on Energy Storage, the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties. Prior to Brookhaven, he worked for 20 years at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1983 and joined IBM directly from graduate school. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Term Expires: Mar 2018 *

Permanent Directors

Alicia Barton
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Alicia Barton was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 26, 2017. Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton’s other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.
Matthew C. Watson
Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR)
Matthew C. Watson has extensive experience in organizational management, program development, policy, and advocacy. His twenty-year career includes senior and executive roles in the public and private sectors, most recently serving as the Director of ESD’s division of Science, Technology and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR). NYSTAR’s portfolio includes the: Centers of Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, High Performance Computing, Hot Spots, Incubators, Regional Technology Development Centers and other programs. Additionally, Matt oversees ESD/NYSTAR’s newly developed federally funded technology acceleration service initiative, FuzeHub. Under his management, FuzeHub will serve as NYSTAR’s collaboration platform uniting the NYSTAR university and program partners in providing targeted, multi-disciplinary assistance to support technology acceleration and business growth in New York’s manufacturing base. Previous positions include a management role with a leading global strategic communications firm, Fleishman-Hillard, where he advised corporate clients.