The NHA Welcomes Two New Staff Members
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The National Hydrogen Association is pleased to welcome two new members to the NHA staff!

Debbi Smith

Debbi Smith was rehired by the NHA’s managing company, Technology Transition Corporation, on October 20th, and will serve as the NHA’s Operations Manager.  Debbi began her hydrogen career in 1981 at Texas A&M University.  She aided in the creation and marketing of The Hydrogen Research Center, an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Several years later, The Hydrogen Research Center became The Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research.  In 1986, Debbi moved to the Washington, DC area and began educating members of Congress about the benefits of hydrogen as an energy carrier.  Soon after, the Department of Energy’s hydrogen program doubled.  During that time, hydrogen was added to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (including an amendment dedicated to fuel cells) and to The National Energy Policy Act of 1990.  Debbi was invited to attend the meeting at EPRI that formed The National Hydrogen Association.  She was the political advisor to the Board of the newly formed NHA and a Board Alternate for Texas A&M University. She was the chairperson of the NHA’s Annual Meeting Committee for the 1st Annual NHA Conference.  In 1990, Debbi was hired by Technology Transition Corporation and was elected to the office of Vice President of the NHA by the Board.  In 1994, she left TTC due to health complications from a serious car accident, but has now fully recovered from her injuries. “I feel privileged to work with such a dedicated team. I am excited about working in the hydrogen community again and I am inspired to see how far things have come.”

Zach Lyman

Zach Lyman was hired by Technology Transition Corporation on September 8, 2003.  He is the Association’s new Membership Services Liaison.  He will be working to put a membership development and services plan in place for the upcoming year that will grow the member base of the NHA.

Zach was a co-founder of Innovative Charitable Solutions (ICS), a consultant group that created and maintained emerging technologies for non-profit organizations.  He was the chief architect of ICS’ three year, primary project: prototyping a wireless based logistics management system for international relief workers in disaster situations.  His last project before joining the NHA fulltime was a three month project for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Previous to ICS, Zach worked as a Programmer/ Database Designer for Frogdesign in San Francisco.  Frog is a global company that specializes in the fusion of Product Design, Brand, and Digital Media.

Zach holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University. ©2003. All Rights Reserved. A Publication of the National Hydrogen Association.
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