People Involved

Tours are available to the public free of charge as part of Cal State LA's public outreach and education mission. Please make advance arrangements via email with Dr. David Blekhman at [email protected] or Blake Cortis at [email protected].  

Concept Inventor

Dr James Ettaro and H2 station drawing

James Ettaro, Founder, Professor of Technology

Dr. Ettaro's vision for the facility was not only to generate sustainably-produced hydrogen but also to not rely on "off-the-shelf" technology and instead use technology that was state-of-the-art.

Key People & Contributors

David Blekhman
Cofounder, Station Technical Director,
Professor of Technology

Learn more About Blekhman
Blake Cortis
Hydrogen Station Technician,
ECST Lead Technician


James Ettaro
Founder, Professor of Technology

Virgil Seaman
Cofounder, Professor of Technology

Collette Rocha
Former Cal State LA Development Officer. Worked closely with the second CARB solicitation proposal and fundraising.

John Johns
Former Cal State LA Development Director, College of ECST. Worked on starting the grant solicitation process and fundraising.

Michael Dray
Former Station Manager, Operations & Marketing

Herbert F. Burnett
Professional Engineer, Consultant, Cal State LA Hydrogen Station