ANN ARBOR — William E. King has been appointed president of the Ann Arbor fuel cell manufacturer Ultra Electronics AMI.

King replaces Aaron Crumm, who founded what was originally Adaptive Materials Inc. Crumm will serve as chief technical officer to the company. King will assume leadership of AMI Jan. 1.

Prior to joining AMI, King served as vice president of undersea products for UnderSea Sensor Systems Inc., another Ultra Electronics company. Under King’s leadership, USSI’s undersea products division has grown significantly, helping make USSI a leader in the underwater acoustic sensor and sensor system marketplace. Prior to that position, King was director of engineering at USSI.

AMI is a manufacturer of fuel cells used so far mostly in military applications as a lighter-weight, longer-lasting alternative to batteries.

“My experience at USSI is directly applicable to AMI’s challenges and opportunities as the company continues to grow via commercial market sales,” said King.  “Throughout 2012, AMI made a deliberate, aggressive push towards product commercialization, especially in the remote power market.  My prime focus is to continue to drive AMI’s innovation while supporting that new market growth.”

King earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Crumm’s transition to CTO is part of the agreement made when Adaptive Materials was sold to Ultra Electronics. Ultra officials said that at the time of sale, Crumm agreed to remain on board as company president for two years, at which time he’d transition to a technical role. In his new role as CTO, Crumm will advise on product development and innovation. He’ll also coach and mentor AMI’s scientists and engineers.

Ultra Electronics AMI is the first company to develop, demonstrate and deliver a portable, affordable, and fuel flexible solid oxide fuel cell system. The company offers 250-watt and 300-watt fuel cell systems that are powered by globally available and energy dense propane, butane and LPG. Adaptive Materials’ fuel cell system provides portable power to the United States Armed Forces as well as industries including remote industrial, telecommunications, and public services.

For more information, visit www.ultra-ami-com.

Ultra Electronics is a British defense and aerospace company. The Ultra Group has more than 100 distinct market or technology niches within its 24 businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of defense, aerospace and civil platforms and programs and provides resilience to the Group’s financial performance.


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