Jerome Hinkle - Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, National Hydrogen Association. During 2003 to early 2006, Mr. Hinkle was a senior advisor to U. S. Senator Byron Dorgan as a Brookings Fellow from the Department of Energy. His work focused on energy and environmental policy, especially with regard to the various energy bills considered by the Congress from 2003-2005. He was responsible for helping form and manage the Senate's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, a hydrogen industry working group and drafting and negotiating much of the hydrogen legislation in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Besides hydrogen, he worked extensively on other titles of the Act, including Energy Efficiency, Coal, Indian Energy, and Vehicles and Fuels.
During 2005-7, he has made many presentations on these topics to industry groups and the Congress in addition to writing several reports on hydrogen systems, while continuing to write and negotiate legislation on advanced technologies and market development.
He served for 28 years at DoE and EPA in various capacities, including prototype engines and alternative fuels, environmental policy, international energy security and most recently as the senior economist for the U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserves. His interests include carbon management and renewable energy. His career also includes aerospace engineering and research physics, with a varied education - degrees in mathematics and physics from Miami University and public policy from the University of Michigan, with extensive graduate work in international politics and engineering economics.