Dr. William A. Summers is a Program Manager in the Clean Energy Directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, SC. He serves as the manager for the nuclear fuel cycle R&D program at the laboratory, as well as providing senior leadership for the development and management of a wide range of other energy-related technology programs.
Dr. Summers was instrumental in establishing the hydrogen energy program at SRNL, and he served as project manager for the development of the world’s first hydrogen hybrid-electric transit bus. He was responsible for the creation and management of a new program at SRNL involving research and development of technology for hydrogen production from water-splitting using high temperature heat from advanced nuclear reactors.
He is an internationally recognized authority in the nuclear hydrogen field, having given numerous invited lectures and contributed to four books on that subject. Bill has been at SRS since 1992 and has received several President’s and Laboratory Director’s Awards. Prior to joining SRNL, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation on the development of a variety of advanced energy systems, including solar, hydrogen, fuel cells, gas processing and others.
Dr. Summers received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. in Energy Resources and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his duties at SRNL, he is an adjunct professor in the Nuclear Engineering graduate school at the University of South Carolina.