Bryan Willson

Executive Director, CSU Energy Institute
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Dr. Bryan Willson is Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, where he holds the Presidential Chair in Energy Innovation and serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Willson has worked for over 30 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. He served as a Program Director at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy from 2012-2016 and is currently engaged in the technical leadership of a 4-state hydrogen scaleup effort.  As an entrepreneur, Dr. Willson is co-founder of several companies; through his university and DOE roles, he helped to launch numerous other companies.  His research laboratory, the Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, has made significant contributions in many areas, including internal combustion engines, natural gas combustion, hydrogen systems, advanced electrical grids, advanced biofuels, energy access for developing nations, and advanced building technologies.  Dr. Willson has worked in over 40 countries.

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