Former GM Executive Named Head of RIT Green Transportation Center
Matt Fronk will direct Center for Sustainable Mobility
Oct. 6, 2009
by William Dube
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Matt Fronk, a long time leader of General Motors’ research initiatives in fuel cells, has been named the director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. He will begin this role effective Oct. 19.
As head of the center, Fronk will direct research programs in hydrogen fuel technology, fuel cell development, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicle systems. Fronk will also assist research efforts related to RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, including its current Ph.D. program. CIMS is the affiliated research arm of the Golisano Institute.
“I am very excited to be joining RIT and look forward to working with the dedicated faculty, staff and researchers at CIMS and the Golisano Institute to enhance the development and ultimate commercialization of a host of alternative transportation technologies,” says Fronk.
“Matt Fronk brings a wealth of experience and energy to RIT that will greatly increase our research and development capabilities and advance the overall mission of CIMS and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability,” notes Nabil Nasr, institute director and assistant provost at RIT.
Fronk spent over 30 years at General Motors in a wide variety of engineering and leadership positions. Most recently he served as director of GM’s Fuel Cell Research Laboratory, located in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. He has also served on a number of government and industry committees and task forces, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workshop on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy.
The Center for Sustainable Mobility at RIT is dedicated to advancing the development and commercialization of technologies designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuel, decrease pollution from transportation sources and increase the use of alternative energy applications such as bio fuels, fuel cells and hybrid vehicles. The center is currently conducting projects with the U.S. Department of Transportation the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Delphi, Inc.