Phil Robinson is Vice President of Unmanned Systems for Ballard Power Systems’ Protonex subsidiary, and is responsible for UAV power systems for both defense (Protonex) and commercial (Ballard) applications. He joined Protonex in 2005 to head the fuel cell company’s engineering department, and was involved in the earliest fuel cell based UAV power systems, developed for US Air Force and US Navy hand-launched UAV programs.
Prior to his work at Protonex, Phil served as Engineering VP for several startup including Amperion, LAN Access, and NetVantage. He also was chief technologist for 3Com’s residential connectivity division, and headed the cable modem headend development effort for US Robotics.
Mr. Robinson is also active in UAV standards efforts, serving as Technical Lead for the ASTM F38.01 workgroup WK60937, Fuel Cells for Use in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He is a charter member of the SAE E-39 Unmanned Aircraft Propulsion Committee, where he is engaged in activities regarding fuel cell and hybrid battery propulsion systems. Mr. Robinson has spoken at numerous defense and commercial conferences and events, with topics ranging from technical aspects of hybrid systems to U.S. Government policies on innovation and acquisitions. He has been granted 16 patents by the US patent office, and holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Georgia Tech.