Gillette College Tech Center
3251 S. J-4 Road
Gillette, WY 82718
This event is FREE to the public
Don Collins is the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Research Institute located in Laramie, WY. At WRI, Don is focused on transitioning science to commercialization of clean energy technologies and lower cost methods for building highways, including zero-emission coal power plants and bioasphalt highways.
He has 25-years of experience in engineering and management of research, design, and construction of new technologies. His first 17-years were dedicated to submarine technologies R&D and integration of complex systems for SEAWOLF and VIRGINIA Class submarines, for the U.S. Navy, and the first dry mini-sub for the Navy Seals.
He is a mechanical engineer and computer software engineer by training and early career work during which he completed a Master of Science degree in systems engineering management from the George Washington University.
Prior to arriving at WRI, Don was responsible for managing groups of scientific and engineering project managers in pursuit of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Coal Technology R&D goals. For ~6.5-years he managed DOE R&D programs focused on fuel cells and energy storage technology R&D for distributed and central power applications, including integration of technologies to achieve smart grid objectives. He was also responsible for hydrogen turbines and high efficient CO2 compressors development under the DOE’s FutureGen and Carbon Sequestration programs.