Chief Executive Officer of Compact Power Inc. in Troy. Compact Power is the North American subsidiary of lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem in Korea. Compact Power is developing the lithium-ion battery system for the E-Flex propulsion system for the Chevrolet Volt. Patil has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, engineering, and business development activities of the company. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Patil spent 27 years at Ford Motor Co. in various engineering and management positions. He served as chief engineer for Ford's Hybrid Technologies during 2003 and was also chief engineer for the Ford Escape Hybrid from 1998 to 2003. Patil received his undergraduate degree from IIT in Mumbai, and his doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He has 12 patents and has published 25 articles. In 1991 he received the Henry Ford Technology Award for his work in electric vehicle powertrain development.