About Us
Arnold R. Miller, PhD Arnold R. Miller Dr. Miller is the president of three companies: Fuelcell Propulsion Institute, Vehicle Projects Inc, and Supersonic Tubevehicle LLC. Until 1998, he was a research professor at research universities, including the University of Illinois. Prof. Miller published numerous papers in refereed journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society. From 1994 to 1998, he was founding Director of the Joint Center for Fuel-Cell Vehicles at Colorado School of Mines. His first company, the research-focused nonprofit Fuelcell Propulsion Institute, has been in operation since 1996. Vehicle Projects Inc, founded in 1998, develops large prototype fuelcell vehicles such as the 130-tonne locomotive that is presently the largest fuelcell land vehicle. In 2007, he formed the independent company Supersonic Tubevehicle LLC, which develops prototype vehicles operating in a hydrogen-filled tube while levitating on a fluid film or magnetic field. Dr. Miller holds a PhD degree in chemistry and an MS degree in applied mathematics, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Additional information can be found on his professional website www.ArnoldRMiller.net Wendy Shumway Wendy Shumway Wendy E. Shumway has served on the staffs of Vehicle Projects Inc and the Fuelcell Propulsion Institute since 2002. Her experience as Operations Manager include accounting and contract management for multi-million-dollar projects funded by the US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, Government of Canada, Government of Japan, and industry worldwide. She currently serves as Deputy President, wherein she acts as President during his travel or absence. Ms. Shumway is also responsible for patent applications. James Dippo James Dippo Prior to joining Vehicle Projects in 2007, Mr. Dippo spent 25 years working in research and development in both the public and private sectors. His R&D experience includes alternative-fueled vehicles, catalysis, catalyst reactor design, data acquisition, laboratory design and construction, industrial and manufacturing line development, intellectual property creation, patent prosecution, and project management. Mr. Dippo is currently Project Manager at Vehicle Projects Inc. Responsibilities of this position include interfacing with funders, customers, and project partners; negotiating agreements and contracts; and enforcing project timelines and projected work. He received his BA degree at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Timothy Erickson Timothy Erickson Prior to joining Vehicle Projects, Mr. Erickson spent 10 years working as a software engineer designing intelligent process control systems utilizing impedance-sensing technology. Prior positions include working as a control systems engineer for a system-integration company as well as six years as a submarine officer in the United States Nuclear Navy. As Controls Engineer at Vehicle Projects, Mr. Erickson is responsible for working closely with the Chief Design Engineer and implementing the control systems that run fuelcell vehicles. He received his BS degree in electrical engineering with a computer science minor from the Colorado School of Mines. Inness Eisele Inness Eisele Mr. Eisele is a senior mechanical engineer with significant project management experience, working in both design and test engineering in the automotive and motive power industries. Mr. Eisele demonstrates expertise in 3-D CAD modeling, design, layout and assembly, utilizing a variety of professional drawing packages to perform project requirements. During and after Mr. Eisele attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, at which he completed his Master of Science, Mechanical Engineer, he was involved in computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, numerical analysis, finite element analyses, component sourcing, supplier selection, and budgetary oversight. Valerie Traina Valerie Traina Ms. Traina has done extensive research for nonprofit organizations, such as The Denver Hospice and The Kempe Foundation, and for journalism in her graduate studies. For Vehicle Projects Inc, as Research and Executive Assistant to the President, Ms. Traina researches a variety of topics related to hydrogen energy and fuel-cell power. She holds a BA degree in Speech Arts and an MA degree in Elementary Education from Adelphi University, New York, and undertook graduate studies in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kristen Johnson Kristen Johnson Ms. Johnson worked as a graphics designer and commercial art assistant, using graphics software and digitally-controlled routers to create billboards and signage for several nationwide stores and chain restaurants. Upon receiving her degree in English Education, she worked as a Language Arts and English teacher in a middle school, which led to her joining the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. Ms. Johnson moved to Japan in 2003, teaching English to Japanese students in a commercial high school. She returned to the US in 2004 and joined Vehicle Projects as an administrative assistant and web designer; she is presently the webmaster for Fuelcell Propulsion Institute, Vehicle Projects Inc, Supersonic Institute, and Dr. Miller's professional website. Ms. Johnson has received two BA degrees, one in English Education and the other in Philosophy, from Brigham Young University.