Joseph E. Coury
Dr. Joseph “Joe” Coury is currently Vice President Fuel Production for Ardica Technologies in San Francisco, CA. Ardica Technologies is an energy solutions provider focusing on the manufacture of state-of-the-art fuel cells. Joe works with the company’s systems designers to scale up and commercialize Ardica’s patented process for the manufacture of the energy-rich, stable, and clean hydrogen-based fuel, aluminum hydride.
Prior to joining Ardica Technologies, Joe was a former Senior Manager at Albemarle Corporation’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) R&D Center in Pasadena, TX. He led the Catalyst Evaluation Operations group tasked with running and developing performance testing for existing and potentially new FCC catalyst products. Prior to taking on this role at Albemarle, Joe was a process chemist and then Director of Technology Resources – a process engineering group tasked with improving existing chemical processes and designing new chemical units and plants around the globe. He served as Albemarle Corporation’s Ambassador to the University of Texas where he led recruiting efforts for chemists and engineers for almost 20 years.
Prior to joining Albemarle, Joe served almost nine (9) years in the U. S. Navy as a submarine officer. He completed training at the Naval Officer Candidate, Naval Nuclear Power, Naval Nuclear Prototype, Submarine Officer Basic, and Naval Nuclear Engineer schools. He served onboard the USS George C. Marshall (SSBN-654)(Blue) stationed in Holy Loch, Scotland, and he served as a Submarine Tactics and Tactical Oceanography instructor at the Trident Training facility in Kings Bay, GA.
Joe earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Central Florida where he studied under Dr. John T. Gupton (PhD Georgia Tech 1975). His thesis was titled “A Two Part Research Report: Aromatic Nucleophilic Fluoroalkoxylation via Cationic Phase Transfer Catalysis and Reactions of Unsymmetrical Vinamidinium Salts with Organometallic Reagents.” Joe then entered the Navy, resigned his commission in 1992, and began his graduate studies in analytical chemistry at Georgia Tech where he studied under Prof. Larry Bottomley. His Ph. D. dissertation was titled “Scanning Probe Studies of Small Ligand-Nucleic Acid Complexes.”
Joe and his wife, Alison, reside in Friendswood, Texas and enjoy travel, sailing, cycling, and golfing.