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

Matt Fronk
Engineering Consultant
Vice Chair
Matt brings over 37 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 Energy Innovation sub-group. He was also selected as a subject matter expert in fuel cells for a National Academies Committee study of 2025 CAFÉ regulations which issued their report in 2015 and has been selected again for a 2016 evaluation of the US Drive Partnership program. He was responsible for and completed 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 and is taking an active leadership role in supporting the development of the Energy Sector on the EBP campus. Matt spent a year at RIT after his retirement from GM in 2009 and was responsible for the development of the Center for Sustainable Mobility before starting his consulting business.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 * Edit Member
Fernando Gómez-Baquero
BESSTECH LLC
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 2017 *
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 2017 *
Christina Lampe Onnerud
Cadenza Innovation, LLC
Christina Lampe Onnerud is the CEO and Founder of Cadenza Innovation, LLC, 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. 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, global operations and manufacturing in multiple locations in Asia. Before that she was a principal at the Arthur D. Little consulting firm and ran the world’s largest independent battery testing laboratory. A lifetime member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, Lampe Onnerud was recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2010, and has spoken at the World Economic Forum on topics ranging from global innovation, renewable transport, and finance. Lampe Onnerud holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden and conducted post–doctoral work at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 * Edit Member

University Directors

Robert Hull
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert Hull is the Henry Burlage Professor and Director for the Center of Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which he joined in Jan. 2008. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Oxford University in 1983. He then spent ten years at AT&T Laboratories in the Physics Research Division. He next joined the faculty of the MSE Department at the University of Virginia, where he was the Charles Henderson Professor of Engineering, Director of the NSF-MRSEC Center on “Nanoscopic Materials Design”, and Director of the University’s Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology. He has published about 250 journal and conference papers, and given almost 300 invited talks and seminars at (inter)national conferences, universities and government and industrial laboratories. His recent research at RPI focuses upon new techniques for nanoscale assembly, fabrication and characterization using focused ion and electron beams for electronic, electrochemical, energy and structural materials. He is a member of multiple editorial and advisory boards. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Materials Research Society. He has served as president of the Materials Research Society, and is the immediate past chair of the University Materials Council.  Term Expires: Mar 2017 * Edit Member
Paul F. Mutolo
Cornell University
Secretary/Treasurer
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 2017 * Edit Member
Barry Watkins
Alfred University - Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology
Barry Watkins has an extensive background developing and growing business relationships and partnerships and is currently the deputy director at the Center for Advanced Technology at Alfred University. In this position Barry is directly responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, state, federal, and association funding sources for the Center. Watkins has worked in industrial sales and sales management for a number of technology-related firms. In 2002, he joined the Center for Advanced Technology at the UofR as associate director. Prior to leaving the UofR to become deputy director of Alfred University’s Center, Watkins was credited with helping to generate over $6.6 million in sponsored research. Watkins was a key member of the AU team that was awarded 2.8M in the first awards made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative to fund the purchase of equipment and renovate facilities in its High Temperature Materials Characterization Center. Watkins has recently been appointed to serve on the advisory board to the International Union for Science and Technology Innovation (IUSTI ) which calls for innovation networks that connect domestic and foreign industries, academics and research institutes.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 * Edit Member
M. Stanley Whittingham
State University of New York
Vice Chair
Stanley Whittingham is the Director of Institute for Materials Research and Professor of Chemistry, Binghamton University; Director, DOE-EFRC Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage, Stony Brook University. He has been involved in battery technology for 40 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 than 200 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. Since 2011 he has been DIrector of the DOE energy storage center at Stony brook 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 PC
Victor A. 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 2017 *
Michael G. Field
Raymond Corporation, Division of Toyota Industries
Chair
Chief Executive Officer of 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. 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 continues to invest in R&D lithium-ion battery applicability. The use of super capacitors to optimize on board energy management systems integrated in forklifts is being explored. 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. Mr. Field holds a Professional Engineering License in New York State. Term Expires: Mar 2018 * Edit Member
Catherine Hill
CooperHill LLC
Vice Chair
Partner, CooperHill, an energy consulting practice that connects the right resources, with the right opportunities at the right time. CooperHill focuses on the energy and energy efficiency industries and can help you create meaningful, positive changes for your business. Recently CooperHill advised an architectural and engineering company on the design and implementation of a large zero energy building. CooperHill also represented Syracuse University on the $130mm DOE opportunity to create an energy efficiency research innovation consortium in New York State. I am also a the F. William Harder Chair of Management and Business at Skidmore College, a Member of the Board of Trustees at the Sage Colleges and serve on various for profit and not for profit boards. Prior to that I was a Partner and Counsel at Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, where I founded that firm’s CleanTech practice which sited over 800MW of wind energy, and where I represented developers and innovators in the solar, energy storage, geothermal, energy efficiency, smart grid and lighting industries. As former Vice President of Corporate Development for MTI Microfuel Cells, I worked with the energy storage industry and markets. I have also entered into strategic transactions with energy storage companies including Duracell and Beacon Power.  Term Expires: Mar 2017 *
Patrick McHugh
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
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
James A. Misewich is an Associate Laboratory Director at Brookhaven National Laboratory for the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Directorate where he is responsible for the Chemistry department, the Condensed Matter Physics/Materials Science department, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). The BES research portfolio is focused on materials for energy applications in four research areas: catalysis and nanocatalysis, correlated electron materials including high temperature superconductors, energy storage materials, and materials for solar energy conversion. Prior to Brookhaven, he worked for twenty years in the Physical Sciences department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1983, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and was elected a Member-at-large of the Group on Energy Research and Applications (GERA) in the American Physical Society.  Term Expires: Mar 2018 * Edit Member

Permanent Directors

John Rhodes
NYSERDA
John B. Rhodes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on September 16, 2013. Mr. Rhodes brings more than 30 years of experience in business with a focus on the financial and energy industries having lived and worked internationally, including India, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rhodes served as the Director for the Center for Market Innovation at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental advocacy organization. The Center works to channel private capital towards environmentally beneficial investments with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture. Before joining NRDC, Mr. Rhodes spent three years acting as Chief Operating Officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a member of the senior management team, he oversaw operations, strategy and portfolio companies. Additionally, Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology–intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
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.