President, global battery operations, Magna E-Car Systems
Chosen because: Galyen oversees Magna E-Car's material and battery testing, cell development, battery pack systems design and manufacturing. Before joining Magna, he owned and managed Tawas Inc., which specialized in testing, technical services and consulting related to battery technology. From 1998 through 2001, Galyen was an assistant chief engineer for Delphi Automotive in its lead-acid battery business. From 1977 through 1998, worked at General Motors. He was lead designer of the battery and battery pack system for GM's Impact, the prototype for the EV1 electric vehicle.
Quote: "It will take a concerted effort of science, engineering, policy, testing and validation to assure the battery systems of the transportation sector meet performance, life and safety expectations of the general consumer and first responders."