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Who Is Involved?
Only by a unified effort between industrial leaders, concerned citizens, political leaders, scientists, engineers, and visionaries can we successfully make the necessary changes for a sustainable future. The element missing from many other hydrogen endeavors has been public education. We aim to bring the public in touch with those endeavors, which will showcase worldwide accomplishments that are moving towards a hydrogen economy. We aim to make the public aware of Hydrogen—the perfect fuel—as attainable and accessible, Now! This symbiotic relationship will profit hydrogen undertakings by others around the globe, making possible swift transitions to a hydrogen economy. Our organization consists of members from all walks of life: science, engineering, business, economics, communication—unified by one task: to improve the way that we fuel our world. 

Initial Sponsors

International Association for Hydrogen Energy

Shell Hydrogen

Department of Energy—Western Area Power Administration

Colorado State University

Dennis Weaver and the Institute of Ecolonomics

Rocky Mountain Research Institute

American Solar Energy Society chapter: Colorado Renewable Energy Society


Energy Conversion Devices

Clean Air Now

American Hydrogen Association

Hydrogen Technologies, LLC

Sunline Transit Agency

Houska Automotive

City of Fort Collins, Colorado

Environmental Protection Agency


Honorary Advisory Board
Maurice L. Albertson Dr. Albertson is the visionary and founder of Hydrogen Now! He is the President of Rocky Mountain Research Institute. For over 50 years Dr. Albertson has been Professor at Colorado State University. He served as Director of the Research Foundation, Director of International Programs and Professor of Civil Engineering.   His professional fields are environmental engineering, the hydrogen economy, water resources engineering, irrigation engineering, hydropower engineering, low-cost and low-energy sustainable wastewater treatment, constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, and international development—specializing in sustainable village-based development.  As co-founder of the Peace Corps, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the UNDP, AID, UNESCO, the Peace Corps and other agencies on projects and programs dealing with environmental engineering, water and sanitation, water resource development, on-farm water management, appropriate technology, village development, small industry development, and research and education. His list of honors include: American Society of Civil Engineers – “J. C. Stevens Award”, “Emil Hilgard Prize” and “Croes Medal”; Colo. State Univ. “Centennial Professor” and “Public Service Award”; Peshawar Univ. of Pakistan “Honorary Doctor of Laws”; Asian Institute of Technology “Honorary Doctor of Technology”; “Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters”, Lowell Univ.; Colorado “Governor’s Award of Merit for Science and Technology”; National Society of Professional Engineers “Engineer of the Year”; and Iowa State Univ. “Professional Achievement Award”. Dr. Albertson has published more than 200 publications. 

Steve Abt Advising Hydrogen Now! on education and public information issues from Colorado State University, Dr. Abt is the Associate Dean of Research. He earned his B.E., M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and is a Professional Engineer. Dr. Abt is a Colonel in the Army Reserves, in charge of Facilities Engineering for the Continental US. He is acting Mechanical Engineering Department Head. 

Neil S. Grigg  Working with Hydrogen Now! to establish a hydrogen research division at Colorado State University, Dr. Grigg, a Professional Engineer, has been head of the Civil Engineering Department at Colorado State University. He received his PhD in 1969 from the Colorado State University in Hydraulic Engineering, MS (1965) from Auburn University in Hydraulic/Structural Engineering and his BS (1961) US Military Academy (Engineering).  He is a professor, academic administrator, and consultant in fields of infrastructure engineering and management (for which he has written two books), water resources engineering, urban water systems, public administration, institution building, and international development. His specialty fields include: interstate, state, and local government water resources planning systems; data management and decision support systems; western water management issues; drought water management; flood control; and urban water systems management. He is the author of approximately 200 publications on water and infrastructure, including a text on the subject. He has served on several Boards of Directors, has been President, Chairman, Founding Chair, and a Fellow of numerous committees, associations, committees and councils. He has received honors and appointments as a Citizen Ambassador to South Africa, Viet Nam, and Indonesia.

Carl-Jochen Winter One of Hydrogen Now!’s present focuses is the World Congress for a Hydrogen Economy, which is also the 2001 annual conference for the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE). Dr. Winter, Vice-president of the IAHE, plans to carry on his role from last year’s IAHE conference, as a chief advisor for the science program at the World Congress. He is a Mechanical Engineer and a Professor of Energy Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.   For 15 years, he was a Member of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and headed its energy department. He was Founding Member of The Solar and Hydrogen Research Centre in Stuttgart and Ulm, Germany. He served as Conference Chairman for the 11th World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Stuttgart and organized HYFORUM 2000—The Hydrogen Energy Forum 2000 for the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.

Dennis Weaver Esteemed actor and environmental enthusiast, Dennis Weaver is responsible for joint efforts between his Institute of Ecolonomics and Hydrogen Now! Mr. Weaver is taking the lead in planning the joint event to take place in the first half of 2001, a hydrogen-powered drive across America. Mr. Weaver and Hydrogen Now! are coordinating many hydrogen automobile technologies and many means of refueling to accomplish a successful drive.

Charles Terrey Charles Terrey has worked with the American Hydrogen Association for over ten years. He is a technical advisor to Hydrogen Now! regarding technology that is available today. Mr. Terrey has a MS degree from Purdue University. He is President of the Arizona Scientists and Engineers and vice-president of American Hydrogen Association.

Richard Bradshaw Formerly with the Department of Energy's Hydrogen Program, Richard Bradshaw is an industry advisor for Hydrogen Now! He is bringing together his contacts within the hydrogen world with Hydrogen Now!


T. Nejat Veziroglu Dr. Veziroglu is an honorary advisor of Hydrogen Now!, working closely with Dr. Albertson to create the organization’s vision and its planned events. Dr. Veziroglu graduated from the City and Guilds College, the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering (A.C.Gi., B.Sc), Advanced Studies in Engineering (D.LC.) and Heat Transfer (Ph.D.). In 1962, after serving in Turkish government agencies as a Technical Consultant and Deputy Director of Steel Silos, and heading a private company, he joined the University of Miami Engineering Faculty. In 1965, he became the Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering.  At present, he is the Director of the Clean Energy Research Institute at the University of Miami. Dr. Veziroglu organized the first major conference on Hydrogen Energy: The Hydrogen Economy Miami Energy (THEME~ Conference, Miami Beach, March 1974). He is the Founding President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, and he was nominated for the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the hydrogen economy. 

Robert M. Zweig Robert M. Zweig, MD, is the Chairman of Clean Air Now, based in California. He serves as an honorary advisor to Hydrogen Now! The important aspect of the work of Clean Air Now (CAN) is the implementation of hydrogen energy systems for the transportation sector. CAN advocates the use of renewable hydrogen in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen dedicated internal combustion engines. They advocate, and only endorse onboard storage of hydrogen fuel. This allows you to obtain hydrogen from many different sources, while keeping the end-use technology standardized. CAN advocates use of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, biomass, hydroelectric where appropriate, etc.) to generate hydrogen that will be stored on the vehicle for use in fuel cell electric drive trains and stationary power plants. CAN does not advocate on-board reforming/processing of carbon-based fuels. CAN advocates the transition to a hydrogen energy economy, not only for the obvious environmental benefits, but more importantly for the abatement of mortality and morbidity caused by toxic air contaminates produced from the use of fossil fuels.

John O’M. Bockris The first visionary scientist to write about the concept of the “hydrogen economy,” Dr. John O’M. Bockris is an advisor to Hydrogen Now! Dr. Bockris’ research includes quantum electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, electrocatalysis, bioelectrochemistry, corrosion, the splitting of water, and low temperature nuclear reactions. He has a BS, PhD, and D.Sc. Degrees in Chemistry. He is founder of the International Society for Electrochemistry and the International Society for Hydrogen Energy. He served as Chairman of the Institute of Solar and Electrochemical Energy Conversion and directed the National Science Foundation’s Hydrogen Research Center.   He is a member of the Swedish Academy of Engineers and Serbian Academy of Science, appointed a Distinguished Professor at the Texas A&M Univ., first recipient of the “Faraday Medal” Award, received the Swedish Academy “Chemical Lecture Award”, “Medaille d’Honneur”, “ACS Award for Contributions to the Chemistry of Contemporary Problems”, “German Augustin-Mouthot Prize” for contributions to the Solar-Hydrogen Economy, Univ. of Hokkaido “Honotis Causa Award” and “Jules Verne Award” by the International Assoc. for Hydrogen Energy. He is well known for authoring The Solar Hydrogen Alternative and Modern Electrochemistry.

Roy McAlister Mr. McAlister is a mechanical engineer and Founding President of the American Hydrogen Association (AHA). In addition to his role in AHA, he manages research projects and educational programs. Mr. McAlister's philosophy and concepts for Renewable Energy Parks to facilitate achievement of a sustainable world economy along with in-depth capabilities as an innovator, product developer, manufacturing engineer, and educator resulted in the top engineering award of Environmental Professional Engineer of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers at the 1995 World Energy Engineering Congress. Mr. McAlister has traveled extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia to provide classes on sustainable energy conversion processes and operation of motor vehicles on renewable fuels.    Mr. McAlister is the author of numerous papers and books including The Star of Life and The Philosopher Mechanic. 


Phil Walker Mr. Walker is an Executive Committee member and a loaned executive to Hydrogen Now! He serves as the Public Information Chairman. Phil Walker spent 43 years in local broadcasting, has been chosen as Colorado’s Best Feature Writer by the Society of Professional Journalists, featured in national publications, awarded The Colorado Broadcasters “Citizen Broadcaster of the Year”, and is active in many community groups, causes, and events. Mr. Walker was voted Fort Collins’ Best Local Author every year since 1994, stemming from the popularity of his historical non-fiction Visions Along the Poudre Valley series. 

Bob Siblerud Dr. Siblerud is a retired Doctor of Optometry, who in recent years has done much research into both the history and implications of the hydrogen economy. Dr. Siblerud is Vice-president of Rocky Mountain Research Institute. Dr. Siblerud is also co-founder and past director of the International Association for New Science (IANS), a local organization that was an initial sponsor of Hydrogen Now!

Peggy Plate Peggy Plate served as the Communications/Public Information Committee chairperson and is a valuable advisor on the Steering Committee for Hydrogen Now! Ms. Plate is the Energy Services Manager for Western Area Power Administration's Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Loveland, CO. She manages a wide range of energy services activities for 200 utilities in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. She has worked for the federal government for 20 years in the energy technology field. Ms. Plate has been Chair for the Technology Transfer and Education and Outreach workgroup for the Utility Photovoltaic Group (UPVG), an organization driven by 105 utilities to promote the use of photovoltaics as an energy resource. She regularly organizes workshops and conferences for utilities on topics such as marketing wind power, sustainability, utility distribution system management, utility competitiveness, and commercial/industrial technologies. She is currently participating in the development of a new renewable product for the National Rural Electric Association. She has a BA in English from the University of Dubuque. She has presented papers on energy technologies for the American Solar Energy Society, EPRI Photovoltaic workshops, UPVG, and the Colorado Water Congress. 

Christie Hammack-Ginther–Committees Organizer 

Janet Meisinger Ms. Meisinger has always been interested in new energy that helps the people and the environment. Ms. Meisinger attended the University of Nebraska.  She served as Foreign Liaison and Community Coordinator for the US Army Helicopter School, Fort Wolters Texas.  Ms. Meisinger was also a community volunteer and 4-H Leader for over 25 years.  She enjoys giving presentations on American History and Constitutional Law and has helped with all the International Association for New Science Conferences, including being volunteer coordinator.  She is on the World Congress for a Hydrogen Economy Steering Committee, Chairperson of Political Contacts Committee.

Jeff Leef–Demonstrations Development 

Thomas Jones–Educational Outreach

Norm Illsley–Technology Advisor

Angela Phillips–Graphic Artist and Consultant

Brent Koerner–Printing Specialist

Heather Jarvis Ms. Jarvis is an Executive Committee member and the Executive Director of Hydrogen Now!, following organization of Hydrogen Now!’s premier planning event, the September 2000 Forum on Converting to a Hydrogen Economy. Ms. Jarvis earned her Bachelor of Science in International Studies from the University of Wyoming. Since earning her Bachelors, she has earned certification for Teaching English as a Second Language (TEFL) in Prague, Czech Republic, and has continued study in numerous areas at Colorado State University. Prior to working with Hydrogen Now! she was a project manager designing and developing corporate training courses with an instructional design firm in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

John LeCompte Executive Committee member and Program Committee Chairperson for the upcoming Hydrogen Now! event, the World Congress for a Hydrogen Economy, Mr. LeCompte is presently a Doctoral Candidate at Colorado State University in Civil Engineering with a focus on renewable hydrogen production and infrastructure development. Mr. LeCompte completed his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, heat transfer and sustainability, at Colorado State University. He has worked as an engineer with Ft. Collins company, Hydro Construction, and as a traffic engineer, with the Washington State Department of Transportation. Mr. LeCompte earned his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering with an environmental focus, from the University of Washington. A Mensa member, Mr. LeCompte's studies and work experience have sharpened his focus on sustainability issues in transportation, world energy, and infrastructure. 

Brian O'Leary Brian O’Leary is the liaison between Dennis Weaver’s Institute of Ecolonomics and Hydrogen Now! Brian O'Leary received his PhD. in astronomy at U.C. Berkeley in 1967 and became a NASA scientist-astronaut with a specialty in missions to Mars. After serving as a planetary scientist at Cornell, Caltech and Princeton, he became a specialist in advanced propulsion systems. In the process, he studied hydrogen as a fuel, particularly as extracted from non-terrestrial resources. During 1975, Dr. O'Leary was special consultant to the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, advising on alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear power. Since then, he has traveled the world, lectured and written books (Miracle in the Void is his latest) on alternatives to the polluting energy infrastructure he believes is destroying our entire civilization. He is co-founder of the International Association for New Science and is on the advisory board of the Institute of Ecolonomics.   

Ronal W. Larson Former president of the Colorado chapter of the International Solar Energy Society, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Mr. Larson, PhD graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Electrical Engineering (MSE and PhD). Dr. Larson has served as Professor of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Branch Chief and Principal Scientist for the Solar Energy Research Institute. At present, he is co-editor of an MIT Press series on the history of Solar Thermal Energy and a white paper on Solar Energy Economics for the American Solar Energy Society. 

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