Advisory Board

Alireza Khaligh

Director of the Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory (MPEL) at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) in the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP).

Prof. Khaligh is an author/co-author of more than 150 journal and conference technical papers. His research interests are in the design and development of power electronic converters for a variety of applications including electric vehicles, electric aircraft, energy harvesting, micro-robotics and the internet of things. He is a recipient of various recognitions including the 2015 Inaugural Junior Faculty Fellowship from ISR, 2013 George Corcoran Memorial Award from the ECE Department of UMCP, a three times recipient (2015, 2013, 2012) of the Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Awards from IEEE Vehicular Electronics Society (VTS), 2010 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT.

Prof. Khaligh was the General Chair of the 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronic Conference and Expo (APEC) in Long Beach, CA, the Premier Conference in Applied Power Electronics. He was also the General Chair of the 2013 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, MI. Prof. Khaligh was also the Program Chair of the 2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Chicago, IL.

He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (TPEL) and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (TTE). He was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT) from 2007-2016. He has also been a Guest Editor for the Special Section of IEEE TVT on Sustainable Transportation Systems, a Guest Associate Editor for the Special Issue of IEEE TPEL on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems, a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE TVT on Vehicular Energy Storage Systems, and also a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on Energy Harvesting. He is currently a Guest of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics on Electric Vehicles as Smart Grid Enablers.

Prof. Khaligh is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) and also a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS).

Douglas Nelson

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Douglas J. Nelson received the B.S.M.E. degree in 1978 and the M.S.M.E. degree in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He then worked for two years as a systems engineer for Exxon Corporation, Solar Thermal Systems Division before returning to full-time graduate study. He received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1986 where he worked on research applied to open cycle solar absorption cooling systems.

He is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Fuel Cell Systems, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Advanced Technology Vehicles and Design. He is the co-director of the Dept. of Energy GATE Center for Automotive Fuel Cell Systems, a multidisciplinary graduate automotive engineering program that focuses on technologies critical to the development of fuel efficient/low-emission vehicles. He has expertise in modeling, testing, and validation of a fuel cell and hybrid and electric vehicles and components. He is also working on hydrogen energy systems and well to-wheels analysis of transportation fuels. He consults for industry on the design and simulation of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Jason Heron

Peachtree Power

Jason is also CEO of Peachtree Power Inc. who are currently engaged in Solar, biofuel and hydrogen technology development. Jason has over fifteen years of experience in new product development and market commercialization. His career started in high volume battery manufacturing where he held engineering and management roles within Quality, Sales, Engineering and New Product Development. Within that industry Jason was responsible for the startup of the world’s first high volume Lithium Polymer battery production line.

More recently Jason’s career branched into renewable energy, where he was part of the team that developed the ENV, the first hydrogen powered motorcycle.

Jason holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK), a Post Graduate Diploma in Quality & Reliability and an Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree from the University of Abertay, Dundee(UK).

Dr. Jewel B. Barlow

Director of the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering, The University of Maryland

Research in applied aerodynamics, experimental aerodynamics, flight mechanics and control, and the vehicle design process. He has published research at numerous automotive and aerospace conference proceedings.


  • B.S., Auburn University Engineering (Physics)
  • M.S., Auburn University (Aerospace Engineering)
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (Aerospace Engineering)


Member of SAE Road Vehicle Aerodynamics Committee

​John H. Hornbostel

Director of Business Development, Dana Holding Corporation

John H. Hornbostel has worked in business development within the global automotive supply industry for more than 25 yrs. His experience includes management of and participation in cross-functional, global customer focused teams for development of engine, chassis and drivetrain product opportunities.

John also brings a global perspective and knowledge of the vehicle industry based on development of long-term face-to-face relationships with industry leading OEM’s, suppliers and joint venture partner companies.

Most recently, John's activities have also included development of sustainability initiatives for small business applications such as renewable energy, recycling and energy efficiency improvements for rural based facilities.

His passion for all things automotive includes a steady list of classic car restoration projects as well as the occasional vintage sports car race.

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