Advisory Board

The Energy Institute’s External Advisory Board (EAB) is composed of leaders from the automotive, energy and related industries, public agencies, nonprofits, national laboratories and the academic community. Together they advise UMEI on strategy and development as well as on the challenges and opportunities ahead. Members include:

  • Mike Ableson, Arrival Automotive
  • Susan Babinec, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mark Finley, Rice University
  • Russ Ford, Russell G. Ford II, LLC
  • Charles Griffith, Ecology Center
  • Chris Grundler, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brandon Hofmeister, CMS/Consumers Energy
  • Alex Keros, General Motors
  • Howard Learner, Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Ted Miller, Ford Motor Company
  • Jim Saber, NextEnergy
  • Kevin Self, Schneider Electric
  • Camilo Serna, DTE Energy
  • Dan Sperling, University of California, Davis
  • Xin Sun, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Heiko Urtel,¬†BASF Corporation


  • Mike Ableson

    • Chief Executive Officer
      Arrival Automotive North America
  • Susan Babinec

    • Program Lead for Grid Storage, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mark Finley

    • Fellow in Energy and Global Oil, Baker Institute at Rice University
  • Russ Ford

    • Oil & Gas Industry Executive at Russell G Ford II LLC; Former Executive Vice President, Contracting and Procurement at Royal Dutch Shell
  • Charles Griffith

    • Director, Climate & Energy Program, Ecology Center
  • Christopher Grundler

    • Director
      Office of Atmospheric Programs
      Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brandon J. Hofmeister

    • Senior Vice President of Governmental, Regulatory and Public Affairs, CMS/Consumers Energy
  • Alex Keros

    • Lead Architect - EV Charging, General Motors
  • Howard Learner

    • President and Executive Director
      Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Ted Miller

    • Senior Manager, Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research at Ford Motor Company