Client-Focused, Economically Driven, Sustainable Results.

Who We Are

As affordable energy becomes an increasingly urgent concern for companies around the globe, Waters & Associates brings front-line insight to businesses looking for sustainable and profitable alternatives. We deliver exceptional solutions to automotive and industrial companies, academic institutions, and government groups by leveraging our technical expertise in enterprise development, energy storage, electric and hybrid vehicle technology, and smart-grid systems.

Our Principals

John WatersJohn E. Waters
With over 25 years’ experience in sustainable enterprise development, John began his journey at General Motors where he led the development of the battery pack system for the first electric vehicles on the road: the EV1 and the Electric S-10. Following his successes with GM, John worked for Delphi where he spearheaded the design, testing, and production of multiple lithium battery products, including solutions for the Segway®.

After Delphi he led the forming of EnerDel, Inc.—a lithium battery joint venture with Delphi—first as Vice President of Manufacturing and later as Vice President of Business Development. John later served as Vice President of Transportation at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Snowmass, Colorado, where he provided clean energy and transportation strategies to various Fortune 500 companies. It was out of RMI that John launched Bright Automotive, an Anderson, Indiana-based automotive company. As founding CEO, John’s world-class team developed the Bright IDEA—a 100 mpg plug-in hybrid utility vehicle. In 2010 Bright Automotive received an investing partnership with General Motors. Click here for more history on Bright Automotive.

Over the course of his career, John has been awarded six U.S. patents, two international patents, and numerous industry awards. As well, he holds two defensive papers in battery pack designs. As an executive consultant, John currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Indianapolis-based Sagamore Institute and as a member of Duke Energy’s Thought Leader’s Council. He is currently active in Africa, Asia, and North America implementing his patent-pending solutions in sustainable energy systems.

Ning ZhouNing Zhou
Hailing from Somerville, Massachusetts, Ning brings to Waters & Associates more than 20 years of expertise in the automotive industry, supply chain development, business cultivation, precision manufacturing, and semiconductor fabrication. Ning recently co-founded Global Bridge, LLC, a venture to develop strategic partnerships between U.S. colleges and Chinese schools, and to develop programs to help Chinese students better assimilate into Western culture.

From 2006 to 2009, he served at Intel Corporation as Director of Supply Chain Development, responsible for developing a competitive supply base in China. Prior to that, he worked as Director and Co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Greater China Development Center, where he consulted with global automotive and electronics companies on Chinese relations. He also worked for and Chrysler Motors. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Ning is currently helping Waters & Associates expand its business into the Chinese market.

Dave Lauzun 1Dave Lauzun
With experience in both large company disciplines and start-up company flexibility, Dave has a lengthy and robust career in product development. He started his career in 1983 at Chrysler Corporation where he held a number of management positions in engineering, manufacturing, and quality systems. During his 24-year career at Chrysler, Dave managed multiple vehicle lines, co-founded Chrysler's home-grown version of the Toyota production system, led significant quality improvements for the Jeep Platform, and spearheaded Chrysler’s first full-vehicle Design for 6 Sigma (DFSS) program.

In 2008, Dave joined Bright Automotive as vice president of product development where he helped lead the development of the Bright IDEA—a 100 mpg plug-in hybrid utility vehicle. In his four years at Bright, Dave led almost every corporate group at one time or another and gained experience in venture capital, negotiations, government relations, business development, consulting, and other functions, in addition to vehicle electrification.

Dave holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Materials Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.