Dr. Swan has more than 30 years’ professional experience in clean and efficient energy conversion and storage systems, specializing in the design and application of lithium battery technology for automotive and aerospace applications. Dr. Swan is internationally-recognized for his research, development and commercialization of advanced energy storage systems. He has consulted to all major global automotive and supplier companies including BMW, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Daimler, General Motors and Ballard Power Systems. In 2006, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) appointed Dr. Swan to its Zero Emission Vehicle (“ZEV”) Expert Review Panel where he conducted site visits, confidential technology evaluations and extensive interviews with all leading technology developers and every major automobile manufacturer. From 1995-2000, Dr. Swan held the position of Chief Scientist at AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a Monrovia, California-based advanced technology company that designs, produces and supports electric transportation solutions as well as unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Swan was responsible for all energy storage activities including development and testing of battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles including all aspects of General Motors’ hybrid vehicle battery program, and development of fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems for AeroVironment’s solar-powered aircraft.
Dr. Swan was appointed to the Technical Committee of the U.S. government-industry R&D initiative, Partnership for New Generation of Vehicle, a cooperative research program between the U.S. Government and U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) comprised of DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. He was also appointed to the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Locomotive Propulsion Task Force. Dr. Swan holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the Texas A&M University; a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick; and Bachelors’ degrees in Engineering, Science and Mathematics from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Dr. Swan has been awarded 7 patents in his field with others pending, is the author of over 40 published papers on fluid mechanics, applied electrochemistry and electric vehicle technology, and has contributed to numerous text books.