Posted: Nov 03, 2021 8:00 AM
Occupation: I am responsible for mechanical engineering, hydrogen systems for Plug Power. I’m working on next-generation hydrogen infrastructure for fuel cell forklifts, power generation and fuel cell cars, helping to reduce the carbon footprint.
Family: My wife Melissa and I have been married for 12 years. We have two children, James and Luke.
How long have you lived in Newtown? I lived in Newtown for seven years.
What do you like to do in your free time? In my spare time, I like to be outdoors or drive my 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Additionally, I enjoy researching my family genealogy, which includes reading Italian cursive handwritten documents from the 1800s.
What is your favorite travel destination? I have traveled to 23 different countries. Switzerland is one of my favorites. I especially like staying in my friend’s Swiss cabin in the Alps on the Italian border. The hut was built in the 1700s and overlooks a valley with a distant view of the Laggo Maggiore.
What’s the best part about Newtown? Of course, the best part about Newtown is the people. I like the way I can walk into a store and see people I know and chat with them.
What organizations are you a part of in Newtown? I’m vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy Commission, member of the Public Buildings and Sites Commission, and vice-chair of the Newtown Building Inventory and Planning Working Group.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? Family and friends are the most important influences in my life. Family and friends give honest opinions and provide the best advice to point me in the right direction.
If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? I would like to spend one more day with my grandfather. I want to ask him more details about his experience which inspired him to study anesthesiology and what it was like to become a pioneer in the field.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? My Great Aunt Helen, who grew up during the Depression and worked for the IRS, always told me to “pay your debts, save your money, and let the money work for you.”
What can you not do without? Goals and dreams are two important things. Goals give me something to focus on, while dreams give me hope and the pleasure of eagerly waiting for a dream to come true.
What is your proudest achievement? My most remarkable achievement was going to Kansas State University for my Masters. When I arrived, I had to build an internal combustion testing facility, conduct all the experiments, analyze the data, publish an article, and write my thesis within 18 months. Another local achievement (Newtown) was to identify operational issues with the Sandy Hook School HVAC [heating, ventilation, and air conditioning] and working with outside contractors to save approximately $ 120,000 in utility costs per year.
Allen Adriani is The Newtown Bee’s most recent snapshot. —Photo courtesy of Allen Adriani