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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Bill Summers

Title: Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-725-7766
Fax: 803-777-0106
Office: 300 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208


Dr. Summers is the Manager of Hydrogen Programs within the Hydrogen Technology Laboratory, Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC). He has extensive experience in new product development and project management, including over 30 years of experience in the field of advanced energy systems. He has been with Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) since 1992.

Dr. Summers has led numerous programs to analyze and develop emerging technologies. He was the program manager for the development of the world’s first hybrid hydrogen/electric transit bus. The bus was the first hydrogen vehicle in commercial service in the U.S., and it utilized the world’s largest onboard metal hydride storage system. Dr. Summers also organized and managed a project to develop an Industrial Fuel Cell Vehicle using solid-state hydrogen storage. He also managed a fuel cell mining vehicle project funded by the DOE/OIT Industries of the Future Program. Currently, Dr. Summers is the Principal Investigator for a three-year study to assess the feasibility of nuclear hydrogen production for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology (DOE-NE).

In addition to program management, Dr. Summers is involved with the research and development of hydrogen storage materials and associated technologies. His research involves the engineering of hydrogen storage beds and the development of mathematical models to analyze bed performance, including heat transfer enhancement. He is currently the chairman of a national working group that is developing the first commercial codes and standards for metal hydride containers for hydrogen storage. Dr. Summers is also a member and site representative in the National Hydrogen Association, and represents SRTC on the Fuel cell Propulsion Institute Board of Directors, where he is a charter member. He recently served as Chairman for the First Annual Hydrogen Storage Workshop, a major national meeting focused on R&D for hydrogen storage. Dr. Summers also co-chaired a national workshop to help establish an R&D plan for nuclear hydrogen production for DOE-NE.


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • M.S., Energy Resources, University of Pittsburgh, 1980
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1970

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