Dr. Thomas Esselman, Board Chairman
Dr. Esselman has over 35 years of experience in energy generation and distribution: in engineering management, technology development, and the startup and operation of companies and associations. He has worked in industry and academia around the world in the field of electricity produced by nuclear fuel, fossil fuels, solar sources, biomass-combustion, biomass-gasification, and the incineration of wastes.
He is a Principal in Lucius Pitkin, Inc., a New York based engineering consulting company. He was formerly the President of Altran Corporation, an engineering consulting firm that he founded in 1986. Dr. Esselman started his career and spent 15 years with Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s nuclear-power division.
Dr. Esselman specializes in energy generation and distribution, including large-power production, renewables, and the distribution grid for the electrification of large cities. He cofounded an association of utilities from the largest cities around the world to share best practices for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and for the migration of design and operating practices to accommodate the changes that are inevitable in the megacities. The participating utilities operate in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Sydney.
He also consults to a number of companies on electrical generation and deployment, dealing with electric-infrastructure strategy, reliability, and safety enhancement.
Dr. Esselman is a Lecturer at Harvard University. He co-developed and teaches “Innovation in Engineering and Science,” which has been offered annually at Harvard since 2002. The same course has been presented in France since 2004. Dr. Esselman has given lectures on innovation in the United States, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom.
He was a Member of the Board of Overseers at Case Western Reserve University and was the Chairman of Visiting Committee for Student Affairs. He was Director and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Medicine in Need (MEND), a non-profit company founded by faculty and students at Harvard University.
Dr. Esselman has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored or co-authored more than forty publications.