Dr Sigmund Gronich


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In 2007, Dr. Gronich retired from the Department of Energy. He maintained an active presence in the hydrogen program as a consultant to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (2008-09).

In 1997, Dr. Gronich headed the Hydrogen Program (HP) where he managed research and development activities across a wide range of hydrogen storage and production activities. In 2001 as a member of the Office of Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies, he managed the Technology Validation program that included a six-year $360 million “Controlled Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation” (Learning Demonstration) project. Four cooperative agreements were awarded with four teams for the production of 100+ fuel cell vehicles and 17 stations. Dr. Gronich also led an effort with industry to develop plausible scenarios for the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles leading to 2 to 10 million vehicles being deployed by 2025.

From 1984 to 1996, he had responsibilities in both Solar Thermal and Biomass Programs. In 1975, he joined the Energy Research and Development Agency that became the Department of Energy. Previously he had spent eighteen years at McDonnell Douglas and two years at Curtiss Wright as a propulsion expert.

Dr. Gronich received a Bachelor’s (1954) and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from George Mason University in Psychology. He was a member of the honorary engineering fraternity Tau Beta Pi.

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