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Anthony Hill, Test & Field Engineering Manager: at Skeleton, I get to make meaningful impact

Anthony Hill likes to push boundaries and tackle unprecedented challenges to make the impossible possible. Fueled by a mission to fight climate change and transform the energy sector, he transitioned from the Field Service Engineer role to leading the testing team and establishing a cutting-edge facility, all in just two years.

Tell us about your background. Your connection to nuclear energy and close to a decade in the US Navy make you quite a standout among Skeletonians.

I've always been the type of person who's drawn to things that glow in the dark! Jokes aside, my journey into nuclear energy started with a fascination for the power of atoms and their potential to light up our world without contributing to global warming. I'm fascinated by the potential of nuclear energy to address our growing energy needs while minimizing environmental impact. This interest drove me to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Energy Engineering.

My time at the Navy provided hands-on experience in operating and maintaining complex nuclear systems. The rigorous training and emphasis on safety and reliability instilled in me a strong foundation that I've carried into my civilian career. After my service, I sought opportunities to continue working in the nuclear energy sector, where I could apply my skills and contribute to advancing clean energy solutions.
What motivated you to join Skeleton in the spring of 2022?
I was drawn to Skeleton's innovative approach to energy storage and its commitment to advancing clean energy solutions. The opportunity to be part of a dynamic team at the forefront of developing cutting-edge technologies was incredibly appealing to me. I was particularly impressed by Skeleton's vision for the future of energy and its dedication to addressing global challenges such as climate change. 

Additionally, I was excited about the potential for professional growth and the opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise to an organization that is shaping the future of the energy industry. Overall, I saw joining Skeleton as a chance to make a meaningful impact and be part of something truly transformative.

In just over two years, you've embarked on quite a journey at Skeleton. What have been the most memorable moments for you?
My role at Skeleton evolved from field fixes to leading the Testing team. I started as a Field Service Engineer, responsible for onsite installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of our energy storage systems. As I progressed, I transitioned to leading the Testing team, managing the testing and validation processes to ensure product reliability and performance. 

One of my most significant contributions thus far has been spearheading the establishment of our testing facility in Tallinn, affectionately known as 'Thunderdome.' Here, we develop and refine our cutting-edge energy storage technologies. Despite the playful nod to 'Mad Max' in the name, our Thunderdome is far from a dystopian battleground. We don’t fight with chainsaws, but we do push the boundaries of energy storage technology. Working here often feels like being part of a real-life science fiction movie.

I’m proud to have received the Golden Cell Award, our version of colleague recognition, in the spring of 2024. However, it wasn't the fancy trophy or the warm handshake from the CEO that meant the most to me. It was the moment I returned to my testing team, and they surprised me with a handmade award they whipped up themselves. Their heartfelt recognition means far more to me than any official accolade, and it truly validates the collaborative effort we're all dedicated to achieving together.

Skeleton is keen on maintaining the best parts of its start-up roots. What was it like for you transitioning from the US Navy to Skeleton, considering the stark difference in organizational culture?
Transitioning from the structured environment of the US Navy to the dynamic startup culture at Skeleton was certainly a significant change, but one that I embraced wholeheartedly. What stood out to me at Skeleton was the spirit of innovation and collaboration that permeated every aspect of the company. Despite the differences in culture, I found that the discipline and problem-solving skills I gained in the Navy were highly transferable and contributed to my success in the fast-paced startup environment.

Anthony Hill Skeleton Technologies office

Are there any developments in your field that you’re keeping a close eye on?
I'm particularly interested in advancements in battery technology and grid-scale energy storage solutions. The rapid pace of innovation in these areas holds great potential for revolutionizing the way we generate, store, and distribute energy. Additionally, I'm closely following developments in nuclear fusion research, as breakthroughs in this area could offer a game-changing solution to our future energy needs.

Is there a particular quote or mantra that inspires you in your professional life?
 "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill. This quote reminds me to stay resilient in the face of challenges and to never become complacent, whether in my professional or personal endeavors. Let's face it, in the world of engineering, the only thing that's certain is uncertainty.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I find joy in exploring different cultures through travel and immersing myself in diverse culinary experiences. I have a passion for tasting and cooking fine cuisine from all over the world, allowing me to appreciate the artistry and flavors of different culinary traditions. Additionally, I enjoy engaging in hands-on activities, whether it's working on DIY projects or indulging in hobbies like gardening. On sunny days, you'll often find me riding my road bike, enjoying the scenic routes and the freedom of the open road. And when the weather permits, I relish the opportunity to play a round of golf, appreciating the camaraderie and the challenge of the game. 

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