PowerSpot: Scott Spink

March 1, 2021

This is PowerSpot, Plug Power’s monthly blog series where we highlight the Plug Power employees who inspire us and, we hope, will inspire you, too. Today, we’re hearing from Scott Spink, Plug Power’s Director of Engineering at our Spokane, WA office.

Please explain what you do for a living in 20 words or fewer.

I’m an Engineer at Plug Power; I get to work with a diverse (and talented) team to develop and support GenSure and GenDrive products, primarily Plug Power’s air-cooled fuel cell technologies.

Tell us one of the most extraordinary/unusual experiences you’ve had in your career.

I spent some time in business development in Asia for what at the time was ReliOn, before Plug Power purchased the company. In 2012 I was at a green energy exposition in Chengdu, China.  Our trade show booth was on the second floor of the hall and there were no elevators.  The night before the exposition I worked all night with a team of locals moving a complete, functioning GenSure system, H2 bottles and all, up two flights of stairs, by hand.  After we got it in place, our salesman turned the unit on inside the building and we ran it for the duration of the exposition.

What inspires or excites you about hydrogen and fuel cells?

The possibilities.  They continue to expand as our capabilities at Plug Power increase.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?  Why?

1.       I’d like to go back to see the NW rivers wild and free, probably fish for a few days when there were millions of salmon and steelhead pouring into the area around Spokane.  But I wouldn’t want to stay there, it seems risky to know the future, and I wouldn’t want to stay in the past. 
2.       Every step of my journey so far has been valuable to get to where I am today.  That is a cheesy answer, but true.

What is your favorite movie and why is it at the top of your list?

Remember the Titans.  1. I can watch it with my kids 2. The complexity of our time is distilled in a way that is easy for all ages to understand.  3. I like movies about sports.

Do you have a life philosophy?  What is it?

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements are:
1.       Be impeccable with your word.
2.       Don’t take anything personally.
3.       Don’t make assumptions.
4.       Always do your best.
It seems simple, but it makes the aspects of work, life, and parenting much easier for me.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Right now, any four people outside of my immediate household.

If there’s a question I didn’t ask that you’d like to answer, please pose and answer it here.

6’7” (with my shoes on)

It’s easy to see that Scott lives authentically and always has an interesting perspective on the world. Thanks for sharing your gifts with Plug Power, Scott!