Caine Finnerty, PhD – President and CEO of WATT Fuel Cell, Board of Directors
Dr. Finnerty is a leading authority in the field of SOFCs and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and as a member of the Board. For over 20 years, Dr. Finnerty engaged in research, development and production of SOFCs, helping to establish the viability of SOFC technology for portable and small-scale applications. Dr. Finnerty’s experience includes setting-up several state-of-the-art fuel cell development and pilot production facilities. Dr. Finnerty has designed development labs and production lines to enable both research and development and full system production. He was responsible for building and leading an international team of innovative engineers and scientists at NanoDynamics Energy Inc., covering a range of expertise including materials scientists, thermal and flow analysis, electrical and software engineers, mechanical and product engineers and pilot and production personnel. Because of the leadership he demonstrated, Dr. Finnerty was later promoted to CTO for the parent company NanoDynamics Energy Inc.
Over the last 5 years as the CEO and President of WATT, he has successfully lead the Company to the verge of commercial and military production. He has successfully negotiated agreements and established its first strategic partnership with Merlin Power Systems, helping to ensure the future commercial and military success of WATT. Under his leadership, the Company has successfully raised required capital, acquired key technology and staff, established a state of the art additive manufacturing facility and is now ready to launch its first commercial product.
Paul DeWald – VP of Engineering
Mr. DeWald has over eleven years of experience in portable, high energy density system design and integration. He has led teams of engineers in stack, controls, and packaging design for liquid and gaseous fuel cell programs. Mr. DeWald has extensive experience in developing portable SOFC systems, including those for lightweight, man-portable applications. He has successfully managed millions of dollars for both federally and privately funded fuel cell development programs. Mr. DeWald received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
During his five years at WATT Fuel Cell, Mr. DeWald has supported and designed new stack and system packages, as well as cell and testing equipment with a focus on production efficiency.
Dr. Wenhua Huang – Director of Fuel Cells
Dr. Huang has seventeen years of experience in ceramic processing, microstructure design and characterization. He has written nearly twenty publications on fuel cell materials, fabrication and operation. In 2007, he was selected as the 1st Place Winner for the 2007 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for Fuel Cell Research, presented by The Bernard S. Baker Fuel Cell Scholarship Fund and the Fuel Cell Seminar. Dr. Huang received a Ph.D. in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. After that, he joined ND Energy as a fuel cell development engineer, where he was involved in the development of high performance tubular SOFC technology. Immediately before joining WATT Fuel Cell, he was a Senior Chemist in Henkel Corporation for conductive adhesive research. Dr. Huang is frequently invited to serve as a reviewer for many leading technical journals in the fuel cell and materials sciences fields, such as the Journal of Power Sources, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, and Electrochemical Act.
Owen Taylor, President, PEEI
Mr. Taylor has over 25 years of experience on development programs, including an extensive history with cathode-supported SOFC technology. Owen is the President of PEEI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WATT, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Owen developed the detailed conceptual design of the Turbo Fuel Cell Engine and corresponding business plan that enabled the PEEI business to secure over $14M toward the development of cathode-supported SOFCs. Previous to PEEI, Owen designed and developed hydrodynamic bearings, mechanical face seals, and aerodynamic components for single and multi-stage centrifugal compressors; design and development of electric drive systems for ship propulsion including high current density current collection for large DC motors and generators including electromagnetic launchers.
Sarah DeWald, CPA – Director of Corporate Operations
Ms. DeWald is a Certified Public Accountant with over 11 years of experience. During the last five years with the Company, Ms. DeWald has been instrumental in the private equity raise of over $20 million. She is currently serving as the Company’s Export Control Official and coordinates all human resource activities, accounting, and safety programs.
Ms. DeWald previously served five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Accountant, specializing in oil and gas utilities and manufacturing. Additionally, she has also worked at the Catholic Health System of Buffalo and Canon, Inc. Ms. DeWald has experience preparing financial statements, implementing new accounting systems at international financial institutions, and assisting with the application of Sarbanes-Oxley. Ms. DeWald was a panel member of the Buffalo-Rochester Women in the Workplace series during 2009 and is a member of the National Association for Professional Women. Ms. DeWald graduated from Canisius College in 2004, with degrees in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems.