Dr. Tinker is responsible for research partner institutions and projects throughout northwest Florida. He has more than thirty years professional experience in R&D, product development, intellectual property development, licensing, and corporate management. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Tinker was President at RBC Technologies, an independent technology development and licensing company, and led successful efforts to develop and license portable energy technologies. He also served as President, Vice President of Advanced Technology, and Vice President of Engineering at AER Energy Resources, a publicly traded technology development and licensing company, where he was responsible for R&D, product development and intellectual property development. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of RBC Technologies.
Dr. Tinker also served as Manager of Technology at Gates Aerospace Batteries, where he worked with nickel based battery systems for satellite applications, was Manager of Research at Ballard Research, Inc. and a Member of the Technical Staff at Hughes Aircraft Company. Dr. Tinker earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and is the author of twenty-four publications and holds seventeen patents.