Dan Short, a 2010 alumnus of High Point University, is making a big impact on the future of the fuel and automotive industries as a fuel technologist at Marathon Petroleum Company.
A native of Cambridge, Md., Short received a B.S. in mathematics from HPU with minors in both chemistry and physics. He also recently completed his Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California, Riverside, in four years – a program that usually takes six.
In his role at Marathon, Short leads the industry in researching new and developing vehicles fueled by gasoline, diesel and alternative energies like electric and fuel cell technology. He also coordinates with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create future policies and regulations to reduce greenhouse gases and emissions from vehicles – policies that will save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump by 2025 and eliminate six billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution, according to the EPA.
With the potential to improve the quality of life in the future, Short says this is a pivotal time for automotive and oil companies to be a part of the solution.
“I am honored to be in this prestigious role at Marathon,” says Short. “We are doing great things here. It is really an important time in mankind to reduce emissions, and I am so grateful and excited to play a role in that.”
Short acknowledges HPU in giving him the effective communication skills necessary for his career with Marathon. He also credits Dr. Aaron Titus, professor and chair of the HPU physics department, in inspiring him to pursue graduate school and enter the fuel industry.
Paving the way for a cleaner future, Short applies daily what Muhtar Kent, Chariman and CEO of Coca-Cola, said to HPU’s Class of 2010 at Short’s commencement: “Leaders aren’t just leaders in one area. They are leaders in all areas they go into.”