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July 19, 2007

Dr. Hazem Tawfik Serves on Department of Energy's Hydrogen Program Merit Review Panel

Dr. Hazem Tawfik
Dr. Hazem Tawfik
Farmingdale State College's Dr. Hazem Tawfik, an Islip resident, served as a peer reviewer at the 2007 Department of Energy's Hydrogen Program Annual Merit Review in Arlington, VA, on May 15-18, 2007. This is DOE's most prestigious research program in which the Peer Review Panel members reviewed project proposals and provided comments on the projects presented. These panel members are peer experts from a variety of hydrogen and fuel cell related backgrounds including national laboratories, developers of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, universities, and other U.S. Government agencies. "It is gratifying to hear that Dr. Tawfik's colleagues appreciate his expertise in the field of Hydrogen Research," said Farmingdale State President Dr. W. Hubert Keen.

Distinguished Service Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Dr. Hazem Tawfik, Director of the Institute for Research and Technology Transfer (IRTT) at Farmingdale State College, was awarded two U.S. patents for hydrogen fuel cells. The first is a bipolar metal plate Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Bipolar plates are commonly made of graphite composites. More economical and durable than graphite, the metal developed by Dr. Tawfik also reduces hydrogen consumption by at least 24% because of its higher electric conductivity. The second patent is for a hydrogen fuel stack which provides additional safety measures.

The 2007 Annual Merit Review showcased approximately 300 projects. Hydrogen and fuel cell principal investigators representing the offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Science presented their project status and results in oral and poster presentations.

The U.S. DOE Hydrogen Program works in partnership with industry, academia, national laboratories, federal and international agencies to:

  • Overcome technical barriers through research and development of hydrogen production, delivery, and storage technologies, as well as fuel cell technologies for transportation, distributed stationary power, and portable power applications,
  • Address safety concerns and develop model codes and standards,
  • Validate and demonstrate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in real-world conditions.
  • Educate key stakeholders whose acceptance of these technologies will determine their success in the marketplace .

Dr. Tawfik earned a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt . He went on to earn his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.  He became a professor at Farmingdale State in 1983, and he was named coordinator of the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at Farmingdale in 1986, a position he held until 1990. He became Director of the Institute for Research and Technology Transfer at the college in 1996 and has maintained this research responsibility, while taking on his current teaching position at the college since 1983.