Dr. K. Joel Berry, P.E., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of GEI GLOBAL ENERGY CORP. He is recognized internationally as an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Technical Fellow, has been Professor of Mechanical Engineering for 33 years at Kettering University, and served as Head of Mechanical Engineering for 17 years. He is also a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with the State of Michigan.
Dr. Berry received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a minor in Artificial Intelligence. He received his M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1981, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (GMI) in 1979.
Upon receiving a Ph.D. from CMU in 1986 in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Berry was employed by Westinghouse Energy Systems analyzing nuclear power plant structural and thermal components, and developing advanced predictive nuclear equipment maintenance software employing expert systems databases.
While attending GMI (1973-1979) Dr. Berry worked as a co-op Durability & Test Engineer for Detroit Diesel. Upon graduation and during his MSU graduate school studies, Dr. Berry worked in advanced product research to advance the state-of-the-art for diesel engine development and performance. In 1981 Dr. Berry enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering and was employed as a research engineer in Analytical Mechanics for Westinghouse Research performing non-linear heat transfer and structural deformation analysis for nuclear power plant components.
In 1987 Dr. Berry accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at GMI (renamed Kettering University in 1998). Dr. Berry was promoted to Associated Professor in 1990 and to Professor in 1994. He was also promoted to Head of Mechanical Engineering in 1994. While Head of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Berry has been very successful in recruiting industrial partners and developing state of the art laboratories. This success resulted in the development of premiere laboratories for research and teaching and contributed to the recruitment of top faculty researchers and expansion of Kettering University’s activities for industrial consulting and applied product development.
Dr. Berry was appointed to the Eugene W. Kettering Chair of Power Engineering in 2002 for his leadership in developing state-of-the-art engineering laboratories, for his vision and foresight, and for developing one of the largest and strongest undergraduate mechanical engineering programs in the nation.
In 2005 Dr. Berry received the Automation Alley Emerging Leader Award for his visionary efforts to position Flint and Michigan as a national leader for innovation in fuel cell research and for helping to spur economic development opportunities for mid-Michigan.
Dr. Berry has received advanced academic leadership and administrative training through the Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education. His professional expertise includes:
- Fuel cell systems design & engineering,
- Fuel cell systems controls, network communications, & data acquisition,
- Mechanical Engineering design & simulation of inter-disciplinary systems,
- Computational fluid dynamics,
- Finite element analysis, and,
- Advanced engineering software development.
Dr. Berry also spearheaded, conceived, and raised over $10 million in funding for Fuel Cell Systems Integration research and business incubator infrastructure initiatives. The Center was supported by grants from USA federal and state governments, industry, and private foundations. Completed in 2005, the advanced research facility serves a broad based mission that includes education and public awareness, fuel cell systems integration and hybrid controls research, combined with a regional focus of economic development and commercialization.
Recognizing the lack of an infrastructure for the storage and distribution of hydrogen as a “fuel,” as required for traditional fuel cells, as being a major barrier to global fuel cell commercialization, Dr. Berry’s vision was a more robust fuel cell power plant system to leverage the existing global logistic fuel infrastructure such as abundant and inexpensive natural gas. The result being the GEI X5 as a novel and revolutionary hybrid electric power generation systems architecture for the integration of natural gas, fuel cells, wind, energy storage, and solar electric power.