Dr. William Acker
Dr. William Acker is a well-known and highly-regarded scientist, business leader and entrepreneur in the field of Energy. He currently serves as the first Executive Director of NY-BEST, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. Under his leadership, NY-BEST has grown its membership to more than 150 member companies, created the BEST Test and Commercialization Center and new battery prototyping capabilities, and performed pioneering work in advancing markets, policy, technology and product development. Dr. Acker's more than 25-year career in energy includes management and leadership roles with Optiwind, MTI and MTI MicroFuel Cells, Plug Power and Texaco. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Future Energy Systems at RPI and is an active participant in the New York REV initiative, serving on steering committees for working groups and as an advisor to the Market Design and Platform Technology Committee. Previously he served as a commissioner on the NY Ready Commission that was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo following Hurricane Sandy. He received a Ph.D, in Applied Physics and Engineering from Yale University and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.