Dr. Walter Mérida
UBC Clean Energy Research Centre
Dr. Mérida was born in Guatemala and he completed his higher education in Italy and Canada (Physics, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering). His graduate research included work on natural gas liquefaction and fuel cell technology.
From 1996 to 1999 Dr. Mérida worked at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, managing joint research projects between Ballard Power Systems, British Gas Investments Canada, and two universities (Victoria and Simon Fraser). He served on the Board for General Hydrogen Corporation prior to private financing (1999-2000).
Dr. Mérida joined the faculty at UBC in 2002: he is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering, and an associate member in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He was a visiting professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (2010), and he was co-appointed at the National Research Council‘s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (2002 to 2011.) He is currently the director at UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre.