Dr. Christopher “Scott” McWhorter is an energy entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in energy start-ups, process design, scaling, sensor integration for real-time monitoring, materials development and program management. McWhorter is currently an External Fellow with Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute and Manufacturing Institute where he is serving as lead capture for the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration’s Regional Technology and Innovation Hub (RTIH) opportunity being led by Georgia Tech and working as a Program Advisor for the Georgia Tech Manufacturing 4.0 Consortium. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Hydrogen Energy Alliance, as well as a federal business development and tech start-up consultant.
McWhorter is the former Division Director of Clean Energy Research for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) where he led programs across DOE Office of Science, EERE, OE, ARPA-E and FE, raising over $30 million in new funds during his tenure. His SRNL career spanned over 20 years with three years spent as a hydrogen and fuel cell technology advisor with the U.S. DOE EERE in Washington DC. While at SRNL, McWhorter led the development of the SRNL Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and served in advisory positions to various Manufacturing USA Institutes. He has vast experience developing and executing joint research programs with universities, industry and national labs coupled with experience in both program and people management across technology and business line organizations.
McWhorter received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Delta State University.