Personal Profile

Chris Gearhart joined NREL in 2012 as director of the Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center. In 2013 he was appointed to his current position as director of NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, where he manages a staff of more than 150 scientists and engineers developing advanced transportation technologies. On the academic front, he has taught at Michigan State University and the School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland. He has authored or co-authored more than 55 publications and holds three patents. 

Research Interests

Professional Experience

National Renewable Energy Laboratory:

  • Director, Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences (2013–Present)

  • Director, Hydrogen Technology and Systems Center (2012–2013)

Ford Motor Company, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering:

  • Technical Leader/Manager, Fuel Cell System, Stack, and Hydrogen Storage Research (2011–2012)

  • Technical Leader/Manager, Fuel Cell System Research (2008–2011)

  • Technical Leader, Fuel Cell Vehicle Propulsion Systems (2006–2008)

  • Six Sigma Deployment Director (2003–2005)

  • Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt (2000–2003)

  • Technical Specialist, Safety Optimization and Robustness (1998–2000)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Physics/Math, Drake University

PhD, Physics, Washington University St. Louis

Master, Physics, Washington University St. Louis


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