Robert Rose (1946 – 2018) was executive director of the Breakthrough Technologies Institute, Inc. (BTI), an independent nonprofit advocate for technologies that carry environmental benefits to society. BTI’s internationally recognized fuel cell education program, Fuel Cells 2000, was launched in 1993.
In a career spanning more than 35 years in Washington, D.C., “Bob” Rose served in senior communications and policy positions in the U.S. government, and as an advisor to state and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. In 1998, he founded the U.S. Fuel Cell Council, the trade association of the fuel cell industry, and was executive director for ten years.
Rose has received the Fuel Cell Seminar Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hydrogen Association as well as a Special Recognition Award from the Department of Energy in 2013. He was a working journalist in New England before moving to Washington to work for Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine, as press secretary and has written and edited hundreds of articles, speeches, editorial opinion pieces, pamphlets, and reports, as well as several handbooks on air quality and environmental policy. He also authored “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen: The Path Forward”.
He reported for H2-international especially from North America and Japan from summer 2015 to summer 2018. He died in October 2018 – we will miss him.