CGAConnect Webinar:

Setting the Standard – CGA’s Role in the Hydrogen Revolution

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2:00 – 4:00PM Eastern

(11AM Pacific; 12PM Mountain; 1PM Central)

(part of the CGAConnect 2021 family of online events)

Gold Sponsor: Acme Cryogenics



  • Rich Craig – Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, CGA
  • Rob Early – Technical Manager, CGA


  • Tom Drube – VP of Engineering, Chart Industries, Inc.
  • Jennifer Hamilton – Program Manager-Safety, Education, Codes & Standards, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP)
  • Gary Peterson – Director of Markets Applications Engineering & Project Execution Installation, Messer LLC
  • Karen Quackenbush – Senior Technical Specialist-Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Safety, Codes & Standards, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Updated: May 5, 2021

The Compressed Gas Association has maintained a focus on hydrogen for many years. This has taken the form of safety publications dealing with the production, transport, storage, and use of hydrogen, primarily in an industrial setting. In recent years, the response to climate change and the growing need to decarbonize the global economy have increased the importance of hydrogen as it moves from primarily industrial uses to more consumer level applications.

We are committed to continuing to take a leadership role in hydrogen safety, not only in industrial uses but at the near-consumer level. This webinar will explain CGA’s goal of setting the safety standard for work in the hydrogen revolution. In particular, CGA members and staff with extensive hydrogen experience will explore CGA’s new role in the use of hydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Regardless of your background (expert level to some or no experience with hydrogen) this webinar will help you advance your knowledge of this important topic.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The hydrogen landscape today and tomorrow

  • CGA’s Hydrogen Roadmap, strategy, and gap analysis

  • Where hydrogen comes from, now and in the future

  • How FCEVs work

  • Infrastructure needed to encourage the use of FCEVs

  • The future of hydrogen

Audience Level

  • Non-technical, entry-level (little to no knowledge of the topic is required)
  • Intermediate (basic knowledge and understanding of the topic)
  • Advanced (extensive knowledge and experience with hydrogen technology and hydrogen safety)

The two-hour webinar will have opportunities for Q&A with the audience, so come prepared with your questions.

Webinar Fee

$0        Employees of CGA member companies

$95      Non-member price, per person

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Thank you to Acme Cryogenics for sponsoring this webinar, helping to make it possible for us to offer this educational programming at no charge for all employees of CGA member companies.

About Our Speakers

Moderator: Rich Craig, CGA

As CGA’s Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Rich Craig is responsible for the Association’s U.S. and Canadian technical activities and interaction with associated global industry and other groups. Rich has over 45 years of experience in compressed gas facility operations, engineering, and safety.

While with Praxair, Rich worked in cylinder filling plants, small and large ASU (air separation unit) plants, regional operations, engineering, and corporate safety. Positions held include plant engineer, plant manager, operations manager, engineering manager, and director of process safety. He received a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Indiana University.

Moderator: Rob Early, CGA

Rob Early serves as the Technical Manager for nine CGA committees, including the Hydrogen Technology Committee. Before joining the Compressed Gas Association, he had over 30 years of experience designing, installing, and starting up both standard and customer supply systems for Praxair, including those for bulk hydrogen.

Rob developed and led a hydrogen supply system training program and developed multiple company standards for hydrogen supply systems. He has also created and/or contributed to multiple CGA hydrogen publications. Rob holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Panelist: Tom Drube, Chart Industries, Inc.

Tom Drube serves as Vice President of Engineering at Chart. He has been with the company since 1989, with experience in the design and manufacturing of cryogenic components. He has been involved in LNG (liquid natural gas) and hydrogen systems since the early 1990s.

He holds 26 U.S. patents in the cryogenic and LNG areas. Tom is registered in Minnesota and California as a professional engineer. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota.

Panelist: Jennifer Hamilton, CaFCP

Jennifer Hamilton is Program Manager – Safety, Education, Codes & Standards at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP). She has been with CaFCP since 2006, and has worked in hydrogen for 15 years. Jennifer actively participates with and supports the development of national and international safety, codes and standards. She also leads hydrogen education and outreach to the emergency response and permitting official communities.

Jennifer, along with the rest of the CaFCP staff, works with members to grow the hydrogen market in California and beyond. She holds a BS from California State University, Chico and an MS from the University of California at Davis.

Panelist: Gary Peterson, Messer LLC

As Director of Markets Applications Engineering & Project Execution Installation for Messer LLC, Gary Peterson leads a cross functional team enabling critical equipment and process implementations in the Metals, Chemicals, Food and Beverage and Alternative Energy segments for Messer LLC, in the Americas region. His team is responsible for design, engineering, fabrication, safety, installation, commission, training and support of numerous applications and equipment for industrial gases (LIN, LOX, LAR, CO2, H2, LNG).

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Gary leads the Messer North America operations in hydrogen fueling for alternative energy applications. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Panelist: Karen Quackenbush, FCHEA

Karen Quackenbush serves as Senior Technical Specialist – Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Safety, Codes & Standards for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA). Karen has provided technical expertise to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association since its inception in 2010. Previously, she worked with a number of national and international hydrogen and fuel cell associations, with a focus on safety, codes and standards.

Karen has 24 years of experience managing working groups developing draft guidelines and requirements for inclusion in codes and standards on the national and international level. She holds a BS in Welding Engineering from Ohio State University and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from John Hopkins University.