Bill Wylam is acknowledged as one of the auto industry's pioneers in advanced battery technologies. In August 2006 he received an honorary doctorate degree in engineering from Purdue University, citing his leadership in promoting alternative energy technologies and international business development in energy-related fields. In 2005, Wylam retired from Remy International Inc. where he served as corporate director of technology, capping a five-decade career which began at Delco Remy Division of General Motors. At General Motors, he developed the propulsion system for the GM EV1 electric vehicle. Through his work with Delco Remy, he established the Electricore Consortium, an Indiana-based non-profit that organizes public-private partnerships to conduct research and projects in the area of advanced manufacturing and electric vehicle technologies. He has been chairman of the Consortium's board since its inception in 1992. Wylam is currently president of International Energy, LLC, and chairman of Electricore Inc., both in Indianapolis, and serves on the board of Electro Energy.