Onboard Dynamics, Inc. (ObDI) has selected five automotive and energy industry veterans to form an advisory board that will guide the company’s commercialization of its new, natural gas vehicle refueling technologies. ObDI’s efforts to bring this innovative solution to market continue, and the expertise of this board will accelerate the company’s progress.
“We are pleased that these industry leaders have agreed to join our team in bringing this game- changing technology to market,” said Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics. “Their vast knowledge and experience will help our company realize the promise of powering many of our country’s vehicles with clean, abundant, domestic natural gas.”
Newly named board members are:
Jeff English, CEO of Grey Forest Utilities in San Antonio, has over 34 years of experience in natural gas distribution, operations, construction management, marketing/sales, and development of compressor stations for fleets. Mr. English has worked both domestically and internationally as a senior-level utility operations expert and is a past president of the American Public Gas Association (APGA).
Maurice Gunderson is a venture capitalist with a successful track record of building and creating new energy technology companies, including multiple internal combustion engine-based technology start- ups. Mr. Gunderson is the Managing Director of Earth Energy Ventures, Chairman of the Board for Contour Energy Systems, and founder of Nth Power venture capital firm. Prior to founding Nth Power, Mr. Gunderson had numerous previous business and investment interests, as well as a successful engineering career in the aerospace and energy sectors.
Dick Kauling is currently the Principle of KauliNG Solutions, a consulting company he founded following his recent retirement from a 33-year career at General Motors. During his time at GM, Dick actively worked on and supported global compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) applications in several roles. Notably, he was responsible for overall design and engineering execution for all North American CNG and LPG programs for vehicles sold between 1997 and 2006.
Dr. Patric Ouellette is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Westport Innovations. While earning his PhD at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Ouellette was part of the team that developed the advanced natural gas engine technologies that led to the foundation of Westport, which is a global leader in alternative fuel/low-emissions engine technologies for clean-burning fuels such as CNG. At Westport, Dr. Ouellette is both leading engineering teams in technology development and creating strategic partnerships globally with OEMs, manufacturers, and research institutes.
Ralph Rackham enjoyed a 25-year career in the VRA (Vehicle Refueling Appliance) Market, most recently as Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering with FuelMaker Corporation of Toronto, Ontario (now BRC FuelMaker). Considered the technical “founder” of the VRA industry beginning in 1986, Ralph worked with Sulzer Corporation of Switzerland to develop a state of the art VRA. He helped spin off FuelMaker Corporation where he focused on the development and commercialization of VRAs and home refueling appliances (HRAs).