In 1983, Jay Keller received his Ph.D., in 1979, his M.S. both in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on energy, from the University of California (U.C.) at Berkeley. He has over 180 energy publications in the refereed literature, proceedings of meetings, international symposia, book chapters, and patents.
He spent 18 years to building a globally recognized hydrogen program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) that topped $20 million per year. He was granted the SNL leadership award in 1997 for this program. Hydrogen programs and projects he directed include hydrogen fueled conventional technologies, fuel cells systems development for utility, mine, maritime and transportation applications, materials science and geographical hydrogen storage, hydrogen effects on materials, molecular separation, fuel cell membranes, systems analysis and engineering, thermochemical solar and nuclear hydrogen production, and the science and engineering supporting domestic and international RCS. He was the Deputy Director for the award winning Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE), with 19 partners (industry, university, and laboratory).
In 2009 he was awarded the DOE Hydrogen Program Meritorious Award (with special recognition for outstanding technical contributions).
He left Sandia National Laboratories in 2011 and is now a technical consultant to the DOE through Oakridge National Laboratories. He is member of the Regulation Codes and Standards Working Group (RCSSWG) of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE). He is a Senior Staff Scientist at Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) with a focus on RCS; he is the ISO TC/197- Hydrogen Technologies Technical Program Director (TPD) for the Built Environment and Safety and the TPD for the Americas, a member of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB), he is on the executive board of International Association for Hydrogen Safety (IA-HySafe), chair of the research committee, chair of the IA-HySafe research priorities workshop (RPW), a member of the scientific and organizing committees of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety. He is a member of the executive board of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) and he is on the executive board of AdapTecSA (a Chilean Company) as Co-Director of Technology. He is on the advisory board for HyTunnel a European pre-normative research program investigating safety in tunnels, He is on the advisory board for the Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine project.