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LITHIUM BATTERY POWER

Part 1: Commercialization & Manufacturing

Brian Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, TIAX, LLC

Dr. Brian Barnett leads marketing and customer relations. In addition to being a noted technology manager, he is a globally recognized scientist and expert in advanced battery materials and battery safety. He has developed and maintained a vast network of contacts and collaborators in industry, government and universities around the globe dating back to the earliest development of lithium-ion technology. Dr. Barnett chaired, for thirteen years, the International Conference on Power Requirements in Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications known as Power (or Portable Power). These conferences, unique at the time, brought together all the key stakeholders during a period of immense change in portable products and their power sources; manufacturers of batteries and battery materials, suppliers to the battery industry as well as the major OEMs in mobile computing products and wireless communications devices from North America, Asia and Europe. Working with a core group of industry experts, Dr. Barnett had responsibility for the technical program for this conference, which encompassed the technical and market aspects of these dynamic fast-growing product categories. He is poised to take CAM-7 and related offers of CAMX Power to the key players in this network. At TIAX, Dr. Barnett, as Vice President, had a variety of important roles in technology and market development including large program management, group management, interface with many government agencies as well as being a significant contributor to the development of CAM-7, safety programs and other battery materials.Before joining TIAX in 2002, Dr. Barnett was a Vice President and Managing Director at Arthur D. Little, working in many critical and significant roles involving the launch and execution of major laboratory-based technology development programs in energy such as proprietary polymer electrolyte battery technology, novel carbon anode materials, and fuel cells. He had management responsibility for the firm’s Chemistry and Applied Materials business He also served on Arthur D. Little’s Board of Directors. He received his BSc in Chemistry from McGill University and his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from the University of Ottawa. He is widely published and has delivered invited presentations at many conferences.

Dhinakar Baskaran, Director, Global Supply Management - Batteries, Stanley Black & Decker

Dhinakar is currently a Director of Global Supply Management for Batteries and is responsible for managing global battery spend across all battery technology for Stanley Black & Decker. Dhinakar plays an instrumental role along with Engineering to re-define battery technology for Next Generation Power Tools. He also has responsibility for supply strategy, generating productivity and working capital for Stanley Black & Decker. Dhinakar has a MSEE from North Carolina A&T State University and MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and has been with Stanley Black & Decker for 16 years.

Ralph Brodd, Ph.D., President, Broddarp of Nevada, Inc.

Dr. Brodd serves as the President of Broddarp of Nevada, Inc. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the battery industry. He has broad experience in the technology and market aspects of the electrochemical energy conversion business. His experience ranges from carbon-zInc to lithium systems in primary cells, and from lead-acid and Ni-Cd to advanced lithium and lithium-ion systems in rechargeable cells including fuel cells and ultra-capacitors. Dr. Brodd has held senior technology management positions in Eveready (now Energizer), ESB (INCO ElectroEnergy), Amoco, Gould, Bolder Technologies and Valence Technology. He served as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Cap-XX Limited.

Ratnakumar Bugga, Ph.D., Principal Member Technical Staff,Electrochemical Technologies Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Kumar Bugga is the Principal Member Technical Staff and the Battery Team Lead in the Power and Devices Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (at JPL for the last 25 years). He is the principal investigator for NASA’s Space Power Systems Batteries project. Dr. Bugga has over seventy publications in refereed scientific journals, four book chapters, 75 proceedings papers and about 25 U.S. Patents on various advanced battery technologies and fifty five NASA New Technology Reports on different batteries and over 80 presentations in various National and International conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Jeremy Carlson, Battery Technology Engineer, Lenovo

As part of the Strategic Technology Innovation Center my responsibilities include evaluating and incubating new battery and power technologies for product intercept in the 1-3 year timeframe. Responsible for driving innovation into our PC products across all business units.

Rajshekar DasGupta, Ph.D., Vice President, Technology, Electrovaya Corp

Dr. DasGupta is the Vice President, Business Development and Technology at Electrovaya. He currently leads Electrovaya’s business development for energy storage systems and technology development activities related to Electrovaya’s cell and process technology. He has been responsible for the development of Electrovaya’s SuperPolyer2.0 cell technology and leads Electrovaya’s current cell and process development activities. He also has helped with the development of MWh scale, distributed scale and smart grid energy storage solutions. Dr. DasGupta has been with Electrovaya for over 6 years and has over 10 years’ experience working with lithium-ion batteries, including fundamental materials and battery systems development. He completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge having also studied at Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Derek C. Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Director R&D, A123 Systems, LLC

Dr. Derek Johnson holds the position of Executive Director, R&D, at A123 Systems, LLC and has global responsibilities focused on developing, implementing, and executing the company’s high power and high energy technology development roadmaps. Before joining A123, Derek was the Vice President of Operations & Technology Development at Prieto Battery, Inc.; a company he co-founded based off of core technology that he helped develop in Prof. Prieto’s academic laboratory during his postdoctoral fellowship. At Prieto, he was responsible for stewarding the technology development focused on solid-state lithium-ion cells and porous 3D electrodes for high-rate lithium-ion battery applications. While with Prieto, Derek also interacted with key strategic partners throughout the lithium-ion value chain to identify key market entry points for the company’s proposed products and authored mutually beneficial joint development projects. Derek has extensive experience with 3D electrodes and electrochemical energy storage devices, managing funded projects, and stewarding technology advancement and innovation. He has 22 patent applications in various stages of the review process and 16 publications. Derek also sits on Symbios Technologies’ Board of Directors, for which he is the inventor of its core technology platform. Derek earned his Ph.D. and MS in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University and a BS from the University of Florida.

Greg Krumdick, Principal Systems Engineer, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Mr. Gregory K. Krumdick is a principal systems engineer in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Mr. Krumdick has spent the past 25 years with Argonne, where he has been the principal investigator/lead engineer on numerous industrial process scale-up projects earning him 3 R&D 100 awards, an FLC award and many patents. Mr. Krumdick designed and helped establish Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility and is leading Argonne’s battery materials scale-up programs.

Chunming Niu, Ph.D., Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University

Chunming Niu is a Professor and Director of Center of Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy in School of Electrical Engineering at Xian Jiaotong University, China. Prior to this position, he worked in the U.S. for several high-tech companies in various capacities, including Senior Scientist, Director of Chemistry and VP of R&D for over 20 years. He received his Ph.D. in solid-state chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Aaron Wold from Brown University, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Charles Lieber at Harvard University.

Bob Powell, Ph.D., GM Lab Group Manager, Battery System Lab Group, General Motors Global R&D Center

Powell is the manager of the Electrochemistry and Battery Systems Group at the General Motors Global Research and Development Center. His group is responsible for identifying and developing advanced battery materials and supporting their integration into GM vehicle products. His 33-year career with General Motors has involved R&D in the fundamental materials and mechanisms of emission catalysis; electronic and structural ceramics, superconductivity, electro-rheological fluids. He was also responsible for magnesium and aluminum alloy and casting R&D for lightweight powertrains. He as published widely and holds 20 U.S. patents. He received a BS from Alfred University and the MS and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the recipient of the General Motors John Campbell Award for “fundamental contributions to creep deformation in magnesium alloys” and two TMS awards.

Elena Shembel, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO, Enerize Corporation

Dr. Shembel is Chairman & CEO at Enerize Corporation, a U.S.-based Technology Company operating in the renewable energy sector. Dr. Shembel has over 30 years of R&D, production and top-management experience in the areas of chemical power sources (e.g. lithium primary and secondary batteries), solar cells, super capacitors, sensors, fuel cells, and nanotechnology, testing methods, including non-destructive testing initial materials, semi- and final product during production. Before Enerize from 2000-2006 Dr. Elena Shembel was the Director of R&D and a Vice President of Ener1, s.r.l. (private company, Italy), Ener1 (publicly traded company, Florida). Before Ener1 18 years Dr. Shembel was the head of various laboratories and projects in the Former Soviet Union, which investigated, developed and introduced lithium power sources into industrial production. She was the Head of the Lithium Battery Programs of Former Soviet Union. Dr. Shembel was Scientific and Technical Manager of the number of the International projects in the area of alternative energy technology, including National Laboratory managed projects for the U.S. Department of Energy. She has published more than 300 scientific papers, and is a co-inventor of more than 50 patents and patent applications worldwide, including 15 U.S. Patents and 1 Great Britain patent during last 8 years in the areas of batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, and non-destructive methods. She is also co-author of three monographs in the areas of the batteries. Dr. Shembel is a full professor at Ukrainian State Chemical Technology University and supervises graduate and post-graduate students. Dr. Shembel earned her Ph.D. in “Electrochemical processes for systems with porous matrices for space systems” in 1974. In 1989 Dr. Shembel was awarded a D.Sc. degree (Doctor of Chemical Sciences) at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow for her work in processes and optimization of lithium chemical power sources.

Donald J. Siegel, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan

Don Siegel is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at the University of Michigan. He is a computational materials scientist, whose research targets the development of energy storage materials and lightweight alloys for applications in transportation and power generation. Prior to joining UM, he spent four years as a Technical Expert at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. He has co-authored more than 50 publications, delivered over 60 invited lectures, and has been awarded several patents related to energy storage technologies. Dr. Siegel is a recipient of an NSF Career Award, the SAE Teetor Educational Award, and an NAE Gilbreth Lectureship. He has been active in providing input to the Department of Energy on issues related to energy storage, having served as Co-Chair for the FreedomCAR Hydrogen Storage Technical Team and as a Reviewer for the DOE Hydrogen and Vehicle Technologies Program. A physicist by training, Prof. Siegel received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His postdoctoral research was performed at Sandia National Laboratories and at the U.S. Naval Research Lab.

Koukou Suu, Ph.D., General Manager, Global Market & Technology Strategy, ULVAC, Inc.

Dr. Koukou Suu graduated and received Ph.D degree in Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan in 1988 and 1993 respectively. He joined ULVAC, Inc. in 1993 and has been involved with the development of numerous semiconductor and electronics technologies, including; emerging non-volatile memories, high-K capacitors, LED, power devices and thin-film Li-battery manufacturing technologies. He was General Manager of The Institute of Semiconductor and Electronics Technologies from 2008 to 2014. He is now an ULVAC Fellow and General Manager of Global Market & Technology Strategy of the company. 

Rick Thompson, Senior Engineer, Development, Battery Team, Dell

Bio coming soon.

Yan Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Yan Wang is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). His research is in the field of fundamental electrochemistry and electrochemistry-based technologies including electrolysis, lithium-ion batteries, solid electrolyte, battery recycling. He studied electrochemistry at Tianjin University, China, where he received his undergraduate and a Master degree in 2001, 2004, respectively. His Master thesis was cathode materials for Ni/MH batteries. His doctoral thesis, completed in 2009, was in the group of Derek O. Northwood at University of Windsor, Canada. His research focused on the study of the fundamental corrosion mechanism of metallic bipolar plates for PEM fuel cells. As a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Yet-Ming Chiang at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he studied ultra-high energy density microbatteries, which was funded by DARPA. Since 2010 he has been on the mechanical faculty at WPI and affiliated in Chemical Engineering at 2013, where he investigates disruptive technologies to produce metals and next generation of batteries. He has published 39 peer-reviewed papers in Green Chemistry, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Journal of Power Sources, Electrochimica Acta, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, etc., 2 book chapters and applied 5 patents. He has been a regular reviewer for over 10 journals and has been the panel reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF), Mass Cleantech Innovations, Louisiana EPSCoR, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (OARU). Yan Wang has received MassCEC Catalyst Award (2015, 2012), Kalenian Award (2014), James Nichols Heald Research Award (2013), WPI ME Excellent in Research Award (2013), Young Investigator Award in IMLB (2010), NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009), and Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2008). He is a member of the Material Research Society, American Electrochemical Society, American Chemical Society and American Ceramic Society.

LITHIUM BATTERY POWER

Part 2: Chemistry, Materials & Modeling

Daniel Abraham, Ph.D., Engineer, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory

Daniel Abraham leads the effort at Argonne National Laboratory to identify performance degradation mechanisms in lithium-ion cells. He is responsible for the development of advanced diagnostic tools and techniques that include diffraction, microscopy, spectroscopy and electrochemistry methodologies. His work enables the development of battery materials and components that enhance cell performance, life, and safety. Daniel received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Orlando Auciello, Ph.D., Endowed Chair Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering and Bioengineering, University of Texas at Dallas

Orlando Auciello is Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Texas-Dallas (Materials Science/Engineering and Bioengineering Departments). Auciello was a Researcher at the University of Toronto-Canada (1979-1984), Associate Professor at North Carolina State University (1985-1988), and Senior Research Scientist at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (1988-1996). He was a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (1996-2005) and then a Distinguished Argonne Fellow (2005-2012). He is an Adjunct Professor at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Michigan State University. He is directing basic and applied research programs on different fields, involving multi-component oxide thin films and application to systems and devices (ferroelectric memories, resistive change memories, nanoscale CMOS devices, photovoltaic energy generation / storage devices, high-frequency devices, piezoelectric thin films for MEMS/NEMS sensors and actuators); and nanocarbon thin films (ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) and graphene films) and applications to industrial, electronics, MEMS/NEMS, and implantable medical devices. The UNCD film technology is now commercialized for industrial components and systems by Advanced Diamond Technologies (ADT), a Company founded by Auciello and colleagues, spun-off from Argonne in 2003, and by Original Biomedical Implants (OBI), a company founded by Auciello and Gurman (MD), in 2013, for commercializing a new generation of UNCD-coated implantable medical devices and medical treatments based on nanotechnology. Auciello has edited 20 books on various topics, published about 500 articles in the fields described above, holds 20 patents, and organized, chaired, and lectured at numerous national and international conferences. He is associate editor of Appl. Phys. Lett., Integrated Ferroelectrics, and editor of two book series on thin films and applications to devices (Academic Press). He was member the Materials Research Society (MRS) Board of Directors (2000-2003), Co-Chair MRS International Relations Committee, and Vice President of the MRS in 2012, President of the MRS in 2013, and Past President of the MRS in 2014. He has numerous Awards, including seven R&D 100 Awards, 2003 Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award, 2006 Federation of National Laboratories Award, 2008 University of Chicago Distinguished Performance Award, and is a Fellow of the AAAS and MRS.

Marca M. Doeff, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory

Marca M. Doeff received her BA in Chemistry from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA in 1978, and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Brown University in Providence, RI in 1983, where she worked with Professor Dwight Sweigart. She is currently a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a principal investigator working in various battery programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Her research interests are focused on materials for energy storage applications. She has authored or co-authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed papers on lithium-ion battery cathode materials, anodes and cathodes for sodium-ion batteries, and polymeric and ceramic electrolytes for lithium metal batteries, among other topics. She is currently secretary of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society, and has served in various capacities for that division and the Society since 2003.

Michael D. Eskra, President, Eskra Technical Products, Inc.

Mike Eskra has been in the battery business since 1977, starting with Globe Union working on lead-acid batteries for EVs. Since then he has run manufacturing facilities, R&D programs at Johnson Controls, General Motors, USABC, PNGV, USCAR, Electro Energy and his own company ETP. Mike has experience in nearly every electrochemical couple and has been involved in the development of nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion and polymer chemistries. Mike started his own company in 1996 and since then he has been involved in development of advanced batteries, processes and failure modes and effects analysis. Recently his company has been involved in the development of a completely dry process for manufacturing lithium-ion and other battery systems based upon PVDF and the investigations of fires caused by failures of battery systems. Mike has investigated over 100 battery-related incidents.

Ed Fontes, Ph.D., CTO, Development, COMSOL AB.

Ed Fontes, Ph.D., is chief technology officer (CTO) at COMSOL. He has a Ph.D. in electrochemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

Kenneth Gould, e-Mobility Technical Systems Engineer, Porsche Cars North America

Ken Gould serves as e-Mobility Technical Systems Engineer for Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and has primary technical responsibility for the hybrid electric vehicles sold in North America including the 918 Spyder. He is a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, IN with a BS EET and is listed as co-inventor on 6 patents. From 1981 to 1991 Ken served various engineering roles with Magnavox Government & Industrial Systems (now Raytheon) in the development and manufacturing of specialized RF and fiber optic defense systems. In 1992 he made the leap to the automotive industry and joined Ford where he worked primarily in Europe as System Integration Engineer and Launch Support Engineer on European Ford and Jaguar vehicle programs. Upon his return to the U.S. in 2000, Ken began work with the Ford spin-off, Visteon. In 2002 Ken joined PCNA in Atlanta where he served as Aftersales Support Engineer and later Lab Engineer prior to his current responsibilities.

Bor Yann Liaw, Ph.D., Professor, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Bor Yann Liaw (Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University) has been working on battery-related research work since 1984. His recent work includes advanced power source and energy storage systems and biofuel cells with emphasis on commercial battery evaluations, diagnostics and prognostics, and novel battery system developments. He conducted his graduate work with Professor Robert A. Huggins on Li- and H-based rechargeable batteries and a postdoctoral fellow study under Professor Werner Weppner at the Max-Plank-Institute for Solid State Research in Germany on chemical sensors and solid oxide fuel cells. He joined the institute in 1989 and was a recipient of an NEDO/MITI International Joint Research Program award in 1994-97 and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Visiting Research Fellowship at Kyoto University in 2005.

Corey T. Love, Ph.D., Materials Research Engineer, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Corey T. Love is a materials research engineer in the Alternative Energy Section of the Chemistry Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. His research focuses on safe implementation of lithium-ion batteries through fundamental materials research and development as well as fault and damage detection diagnostics. Corey received his BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003 and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California-San Diego in 2008. After finishing his Ph.D., Corey completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the American Society for Engineering Education at NRL. In 2009 Corey became the Chemistry Division’s first Jerome Karle Research Fellow and began his career as a staff researcher. In 2010 Corey received the Chemistry Division’s Young Investigator Award to pursue independent research in lithium-ion battery safety and the development of battery state-of-health monitoring diagnostics. Dr. Love has numerous publications in the areas of corrosion, mechanics of materials and electrochemical energy storage. His work “Impedance Diagnostic for Battery Health Monitoring” was named a NRL Top 20 Accomplishment of 2011. He serves on technical review panels and working groups in support of various federal and state agencies.

Jagjit Nanda, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, Materials Science & Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jagjit Nanda is currently a senior staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working in the area of high capacity energy storage materials, interfaces and advanced spectroscopy. Prior to joining Oak Ridge in 2009, Jagjit worked as a technical expert at the Research and Advanced Engineering Center, Ford Motor Company, leading R&D projects in the area of lithium-ion battery materials and nanotechnology. Jagjit received his Ph.D. in solid-state chemistry & materials science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2000 working in the area of colloidal semiconductor nanostructures and their photophysical properties. Following his Ph.D., he spent two years working as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and then 3 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory applying various ultra-fast laser spectroscopic methods for probing condensed phase systems such as photo-induced electron transfer couples, quantum dot heterostructures and charge transfer complexes. He has over 80 technical and journal publications and several patents in the area of energy storage and conversion.

Mark Obrovac, Ph.D., Associate Professor; NSERC/3M Canada Ltd., Industrial Research Chair in Battery Materials, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University

Bio coming soon.

Odysseas Paschos, Ph.D., Research Battery Technology, BMW

Odysseas Paschos has studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. In 2008 he obtained his Ph.D. on Materials Science from College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany and moved to Munich, Germany where he worked at the Technische Universität München (TUM) as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Physics Department. During this period, he worked on several aspects of electrical conversion of storage including synthesis and electrochemical characterization of materials related to fuel cells and batteries. Since 2012 he is working at BMW in Germany in the group Research Battery Technology led by Dr. Peter Lamp and is in charge of the Material projects investigating potential candidates and technologies for future automotive cells.

Youngho Shin, Ph.D., Principal Process Development Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Youngho Shin is a Principal Process Development Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Seoul National University and is registered as a Professional Engineer in South Korea. He has extensive experience of bench-scale synthesis, process development and scale-up of various metal oxides and commercialized a continuous hydrothermal synthesis process to produce lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) with the capacity of 1000 tons/year. At ANL, he is leading the DOE project “Process Development and Scale-up of Advanced Active Battery Materials” and his current focus is on the synthesis and performance improvement of high energy materials for lithium-ion battery.

Kandler Smith, Ph.D., Vehicle Energy Storage Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Kandler Smith is a Senior Researcher and principal investigator in the Energy Storage Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. He leads projects in Li-ion battery-lifetime prediction, health management and multi-physics modeling. Kandler holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in electrochemical control of Li-ion batteries and recently co-authored a text book on design and analysis of large Li-ion battery systems.

Saori Tokuoka, Ph.D., Research Scientist, R&D, Saft

Saori Tokuoka is a research scientist at Saft in Cockeysville, MD, and has worked since 2010. Saori has developed long cycling life and safety lithium-ion batteries, which is now being mass produced. Before joining Saft, Saori was working for Duke University and Sony Li-ion battery R&D.

BATTERY SAFETY

Part 1: Engineering, Testing & Simulation

Brian Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, TIAX, LLC

Dr. Brian Barnett leads marketing and customer relations. In addition to being a noted technology manager, he is a globally recognized scientist and expert in advanced battery materials and battery safety. He has developed and maintained a vast network of contacts and collaborators in industry, government and universities around the globe dating back to the earliest development of lithium-ion technology. Dr. Barnett chaired, for thirteen years, the International Conference on Power Requirements in Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications known as Power (or Portable Power). These conferences, unique at the time, brought together all the key stakeholders during a period of immense change in portable products and their power sources; manufacturers of batteries and battery materials, suppliers to the battery industry as well as the major OEMs in mobile computing products and wireless communications devices from North America, Asia and Europe. Working with a core group of industry experts, Dr. Barnett had responsibility for the technical program for this conference, which encompassed the technical and market aspects of these dynamic fast-growing product categories. He is poised to take CAM-7 and related offers of CAMX Power to the key players in this network. At TIAX, Dr. Barnett, as Vice President, had a variety of important roles in technology and market development including large program management, group management, interface with many government agencies as well as being a significant contributor to the development of CAM-7, safety programs and other battery materials.Before joining TIAX in 2002, Dr. Barnett was a Vice President and Managing Director at Arthur D. Little, working in many critical and significant roles involving the launch and execution of major laboratory-based technology development programs in energy such as proprietary polymer electrolyte battery technology, novel carbon anode materials, and fuel cells. He had management responsibility for the firm’s Chemistry and Applied Materials business He also served on Arthur D. Little’s Board of Directors. He received his BSc in Chemistry from McGill University and his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from the University of Ottawa. He is widely published and has delivered invited presentations at many conferences.

Eddie Forouzan, Ph.D., President, Testing, ARTIN Engineering and Consulting Group, Inc.

Dr. Eddie Forouzan has over 20 years of experience in research and development, product commercialization, general management, quality, engineering and consulting services. He is an academically trained electrochemist who has completed his postdoctoral training under the direction of Dr. Allen Bard at the University of Texas in Austin. His areas of expertise include the development of new, safe and reliable energy systems for medical devices and consumer product applications. His other expertise include failure analysis studies of energy storage technologies as well as testing and certification of consumer products. This includes but is not limited to cells, battery packs, adapters and complete host devices. Dr. Forouzan has acted as the Secretary and Cell Subsection Chairperson during the development of the IEEE1725 standard.

Ankur Jain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas, Arlington

Ankur Jain is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he directs the Microscale Thermophysics Laboratory. His research interests include thermal transport in energy conversion devices, thermal property measurements and microscale heat transfer. His recent research has focused on measurement and modeling of thermal properties, heat generation rates and temperature distribution in Li-ion batteries. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and U.S. Department of Energy.

Judith Jeevarajan, Ph.D., Research Director, Electrochemical Safety, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Dr. Judy Jeevarajan joined UL recently as a Research Director for Electrochemical Safety with battery safety continuing to be her area of specialization. She has worked in the area of batteries for more than 18 years with a primary focus on the lithium-ion chemistry. She had worked on-site at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1998. At NASA, she was the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology at NASA-JSC. Before becoming a civil servant at NASA in 2003, she worked for Lockheed Martin Space Operations. She has an MS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (’91) and she graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1995. Dr. Jeevarajan worked for a small business company in College Station, TX for a year immediately after completion of graduate work. Following this, she worked for a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University on NASA projects. She has more than 18 years of battery experience with her main focus being Li-ion cell and battery research. At NASA Dr. Jeevarajan not only represented the battery group at all the NASA safety panels but also led the advanced battery technology work with a special focus on the safety improvements. Dr. Jeevarajan serves in the Technical Working Group for standards organizations such as Underwriter’s Laboratories, RTCA and IEC/ANSI and is currently leading an effort under AIAA to write a space safety standard for battery systems. She has written two book chapters, one on battery safety that was published in 2009 and a second one on commercial Li-ion cell safety, published in January 2014. Dr. Jeevarajan supported the Boeing 787 Investigation as a member of a Non-Advocate Review panel as well as an advisory member to the FAA and also supported an NTSB informational forum on Li-ion batteries. Dr. Jeevarajan has made more than 100 presentations at conferences and has won numerous NASA awards the most recent of them being the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the NASA-NESC Engineering Excellence Award.

Sergiy Kalnaus, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Computational Engineering and Energy Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Sergiy Kalnaus is a Research Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Computational Engineering and Energy Sciences Group. His research focuses on multiphysics and multiscale modeling, safety and degradation mechanisms of Li-ion batteries and has been funded by DOE VTO, AMO, ARPA-E and NHTSA. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine and Ph.D. from University of Nevada, Reno. He joined ORNL in 2009.

Gi-Heon Kim, Ph.D., Distinguished Researcher and Team Lead, Energy Storage Modeling, Hydrogen and Transportation Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dr. Gi-Heon Kim is Distinguished Researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He leads the multiphysics energy storage modeling team at NREL. Dr. Kim is the lead developer of NREL’s pioneering multiscale multiphysics battery model, the MSMD and the GH-MSMD – a new innovative quasi-explicit nonlinear multiscale multiphysics framework, resolving the nonlinear interplay of Li-ion battery physics in varied length scales. In recent years, Gi-Heon serves as a technical advisor/monitor and PI in multiple DOE sponsored battery model development projects. He is also internationally recognized for his expertise in Li-ion battery safety research and engineering and has multiple publications and patents.

Gerd Liebig, Research Scientist, Energy Storage, Next Energy

Gerd Liebig is a research scientist at Next Energy, EWE Research Centre for Energy Technology in Germany. His research interests focus currently on thermal phenomena in lithium-ion batteries, including thermal property measurements and heat transfer modeling. After finishing his BSc in Chemistry/Mathematics in 2013 he spent a semester studying at the University of Wyoming in Laramie on partial differential equations, matrix theory and Lie algebras. In 2013 and 2014 he was rewarded with the Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium) of the government for outstanding student performance. During an internship at Next Energy within the MSc in Mathematics program at the University of Oldenburg his work concentrated on the theory of Finite element analysis and the application in multiscale modeling of lithium-ion batteries and computational fluid dynamics of redox flow batteries. In January 2016, he will start his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics at the University of Oldenburg.

David Mackay, New-Generation Anode Engineer, Material Science and Engineering, Washington State University

David Mackay is a 4th-year Material Science and Engineering Ph.D. student at Washington State University (WSU). He set up an electroplating lab and a battery fabrication and testing center at WSU to fabricate and test new-generation anode materials. He subsequently authored a manuscript based on his template free tin nanoneedle anodes. He has learned a great deal about how to perform research at universities that can make it to the marketplace, and loves to share it with others to improve their research.

Nora Martiny, Research Associate, Energy Storage Systems, TUM CREATE Ltd.

After achieving the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU München in 2009, Nora Martiny graduated in 2010 by receiving the academic degree Diplom Ingenieur in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. From 2009 to 2010 she worked parallel to her studies in the research project “Snookie” within the robotics cluster Cotesys at TUM on the development of a lateral line sensor for an underwater vehicle and from 2009 to 2010 at the Robotics Research Laboratory, NTU, Singapore on the development of a flow-measurement-based motion control for a floating vehicle. Nora did her Diplom thesis about “Development of a temperature sensing system for a humanoid robot skin” in 2010 with the Institute for Cognitive Systems at TUM. Her current research within TUM CREATE focuses on the development of safety monitoring techniques and temperature inhomogeneity detection for lithium-ion pouch cells.

Christopher Michelbacher, Research Engineer, Energy Storage & Transportation Systems, Idaho National Laboratory

Mr. Christopher Michelbacher joined Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in early 2009 as part of the Energy Storage & Transportation Systems (ES & TS) Department. Christopher is currently on a Management & Operating (M&O) assignment within the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) headquarters in Washington, DC. His roles include development and oversight of programs in the following research areas: 1) vehicle centric cybersecurity (connected & autonomous vehicles, Smart EVSE), 2) grid modernization (Smart EVSE, Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Grid), 3) energy storage systems testing and research (lithium-ion advanced transportation battery systems research and benchmarking). Prior to his assignment at DOE Mr. Michelbacher supported the ES &TS Department in their state-of-the-art Battery Test Center (BTC) as a test engineer. Later he progressed to vehicle systems research followed by a return to battery research as a BTC Principal Investigator (PI). As PI, Christopher was responsible for all operations, analysis, and reporting of energy storage device testing within the BTC.

Brent Perry, CEO, C Rate Solutions

Industrial Energy Leadership: Brent Perry is a global operating and management executive with proven success in building high-performance teams and leading sophisticated manufacturing and service organizations with P&L responsibility. A strategic visionary with a clear sense of purpose and urgency, Mr. Perry is skilled at establishing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments and translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies. Mr. Perry has been recently appointed Special Adviser to the Chinese Government for Energy Policy. Brent is also is one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet in regards to practical use of lithium energy storage in marine applications. His 30-year history in commercial shipbuilding and deep knowledge of energy systems give him a unique perspective on the hybrid marine industry. An accomplished, engaging and passionate speaker, Brent has spent his life in, on or near the ocean. Mr. Perry resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoys sailing with his wife and three children.

Jason Siegel, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan

Dr. Jason Siegel is a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on modeling and control of electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems. He is an expert in fuel cell and battery modeling and model validation using neutron imaging. His thesis demonstrated techniques to visualize and quantify liquid water distribution and transport in PEMFCs. Recently these techniques have been utilized to quantify solid-phase lithium concentration gradients in an active battery. He has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Siegel received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Systems in 2010 from the University of Michigan.

Puneet Sinha, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development, EC Power LLC

Puneet Sinha is Vice President of Business Development for EC Power, a startup company developing Li-ion battery hardware and software solutions for vehicle electrification and grid energy storage. Prior to EC Power, Dr. Sinha was at General Motors, leading global teams to address key challenges to automotive fuel cells and Li-ion battery technology. He has authored 20 highly cited journal articles and has 10 patents issued or filed to his credit.

Greg Tremelling, Senior Manager, Electrical Engineering, NEC Energy Solutions

Mr. Tremelling has over 15 years of experience creating and managing successful engineering teams, and designing successful products. He first worked in the design center at American Power Conversion with the SmartUPS product family releasing new products and designing new architectures. After APC, in 2006 he went to work for A123 (which has since been acquired by NEC) in the Electrical Design team where he architected and designed high-voltage/high-power battery management systems for both Transportation and Smart Grid applications.After establishing successful architectures which were patented and went to production, he transitioned within the company to start and manage the Platform Engineering team. After building and managing that team, he then moved on to start and manage the Smart Grid Integration team, which managed the installation of over 100MW of Energy Storage. Currently he is a Senior Manager of Electrical Design Engineering which also includes the Test Engineering team at NEC Energy Solutions.

Dave Vutetakis, Ph.D., Vice President, Advanced Battery Technology, Concorde Battery Corporation

Dr. Vutetakis is the Vice President of Advanced Battery Technology at Concorde Battery Corporation. He joined Concorde in 2005 and specializes in aircraft battery engineering and technology. He has been involved with RTCA as an active committee member in preparing safety and performance standards for lead-acid, nickel-cadmium and lithium-ion aircraft batteries. Prior to joining Concorde he worked as Director of Product Development at Douglas Battery Manufacturing Corporation. Before that he was a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute. Dr. Vutetakis has published over 20 technical papers, seven U.S. patents and three foreign patents. He was educated at The Ohio State University, Department of Chemical Engineering: BS, MS and Ph.D.

Qingfeng Yuan, Project Manager, R&D Department, Amperex Technology, Limited (ATL)

Mr. Qingfeng Yuan is a project manager in the R&D Department of Amperex Technology, Limited (ATL), Ningde, Fujian, China. ATL is a major lithium polymer battery manufacturer, providing high-quality lithium-ion batteries for brand-named consumer electronic devices manufacturers, such as Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. Mr. Yuan’s work focuses on materials chemistry and lithium-ion battery cell design, their impacts on battery cell performance and safety. He graduated from South China University of Technology. He has been working in ATL for more than nine years, responsible for projects ranging from cell safety improvements, high-energy density 18650 cylindrical cell developments, to research on advanced electrode materials, such as layer-structured lithium-rich cathode and Si-based anode. Recently, Mr. Yuan has spent a significant portion of time on extensive investigations of improving abuse tolerance of high-capacity, high-power cell designs in alleviating technical obstacles in overcharging, nail penetration and impact tests. These studies are particularly critical for the future EV and electrical energy storage applications.

BATTERY SAFETY

Part 2: Transportation, Packaging & Forensics

James A. Barnes, Ph.D., Consultant, Barnes Tech Advising; formerly U.S. Navy at NSWC Carderock and U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. James Barnes earned his BS degree in chemistry from Davidson College and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After postdoctoral work at the University of Southampton, England and the University of South Carolina, he taught chemistry at Austin College in Sherman, Texas for a decade. During this time, he held appointments with Shell Development Corp., Texas Instruments, Southwest Research Institute, and the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1983, he joined the staff of the Electrochemistry Branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center where he was a research scientist, Group Leader, and Branch Head. From 1999 until 2015, he was on assignment to the Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy where he was a member of the Hybrid and Electric Systems Team. While at DOE, he helped manage an extensive program of R&D on advanced, rechargeable batteries and was involved in the Recovery Act’s funding of $1.5B in grants for facilities to manufacture batteries and battery components. He retired from the Civil Service in July of this year and is now an independent consultant. During his career, he has studied multiple incidents of battery failures, including serving as a technical advisor to the NTSB during their investigation of the Boeing 787 battery incidents.

Brian Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, TIAX, LLC

Dr. Brian Barnett leads marketing and customer relations. In addition to being a noted technology manager, he is a globally recognized scientist and expert in advanced battery materials and battery safety. He has developed and maintained a vast network of contacts and collaborators in industry, government and universities around the globe dating back to the earliest development of lithium-ion technology. Dr. Barnett chaired, for thirteen years, the International Conference on Power Requirements in Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications known as Power (or Portable Power). These conferences, unique at the time, brought together all the key stakeholders during a period of immense change in portable products and their power sources; manufacturers of batteries and battery materials, suppliers to the battery industry as well as the major OEMs in mobile computing products and wireless communications devices from North America, Asia and Europe. Working with a core group of industry experts, Dr. Barnett had responsibility for the technical program for this conference, which encompassed the technical and market aspects of these dynamic fast-growing product categories. He is poised to take CAM-7 and related offers of CAMX Power to the key players in this network. At TIAX, Dr. Barnett, as Vice President, had a variety of important roles in technology and market development including large program management, group management, interface with many government agencies as well as being a significant contributor to the development of CAM-7, safety programs and other battery materials.Before joining TIAX in 2002, Dr. Barnett was a Vice President and Managing Director at Arthur D. Little, working in many critical and significant roles involving the launch and execution of major laboratory-based technology development programs in energy such as proprietary polymer electrolyte battery technology, novel carbon anode materials, and fuel cells. He had management responsibility for the firm’s Chemistry and Applied Materials business He also served on Arthur D. Little’s Board of Directors. He received his BSc in Chemistry from McGill University and his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from the University of Ottawa. He is widely published and has delivered invited presentations at many conferences.

Mike Bauer, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board

Mr. Bauer is an aerospace engineer (aircraft systems). He works as an investigator in the NTSB’s Office of Aviation Safety. He joined the NTSB in 2008 as an aerospace engineer (vehicle recorders). As a vehicle recorders specialist, he worked on the multiple major domestic and international investigations and multiple field investigations recovering flight data from various recording devices, including FDRs, GPSs and avionics components. In 2012 he joined the Office of Aviation Safety working on aircraft system investigations. Notable investigations have included 2009 Air France Flight 447, 2011 Gulfstream G650 flight test accident and the 2011 P-51 Galloping Ghost Reno air race accident. Prior to joining the NTSB, he worked in a variety of engineering roles, flight test engineer, systems and structures design and certification for various aircraft and avionics manufacturers. Mr. Bauer holds a BSc in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a private pilot.

Scott Bryant, PE, Managing Partner, Fire & Risk Alliance, LLC

Mr. Scott M. Bryant, PE, is a registered Fire Protection Engineer with over 15 years of experience in fire protection design, code consulting, and R&D. Mr. Bryant has extensive fire protection system design experience for an array of occupancies including: colleges (education), high-rise buildings, hotels, mixed use, office buildings, and utility/industrial (oil & gas, power utility, etc.). Mr. Bryant has extensive on-shore and off-shore work for oil & gas, petrochemical, utility, and industrial operations. Projects include the design of automatic sprinkler systems, clean agent and CO2 systems, fire alarm and mass notification systems, water mist, and water spray systems, for an array of hazards. Mr. Bryant is also responsible for emergency response planning and coordination, risk assessments and management, and code consultation. Mr. Bryant’s educational background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an ME in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Ronald M. Butler, CEO, Training/Product Development, Energy Storage Safety Products International (ESSPI)

Ron’s background includes 24 years as a Detroit Fire Department officer, 7 years as a Detroit Public Schools teacher (Mathematics), 5 years as Director of political action (PAC) and public relations with the Detroit Firefighters Association (DFFA), and 4 years as instructor with the DFD’s Fire Cadet Program. He has served as a consultant on numerous battery fire safety and training intervention contracts (Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen, etc.) and possesses 15+ years of training and organizational development experience. Ron’s certifications include: Fire Inspector I (NFPA), Professional Continuity Practitioner (FEMA), Business Continuity Planner (NFPA 1600), Disaster Response and Recovery, Emergency Planning (State of Michigan), Pipeline Emergencies Response, Professional Emergency Manager Cert (State of Michigan), Emergency Exercise Planning (State of Michigan and FEMA), contract negotiations, hazardous materials (response and operations), evacuation planning (NFPA), radiological awareness, response and operations, rapid intervention, confined space (operations), marine firefighting (response and operations), lithium(-ion) battery fire response training for Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), process design (battery fire response SOP’s), and many more. He holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from Wayne State.

Thomas M. De Lucia, Director, Product Compliance and Safety, NEC Energy Solutions

Tom is the Director of Product Compliance and Safety for NEC Energy Solutions based in Massachusetts. His responsibilities include: hazardous materials and dangerous goods transportation regulations, product safety and electromagnetic/environmental compliance. He was previously employed at EMC Corp., Raytheon and Fairchild Test Systems where he worked in the areas of electrical, electronic, system and integration engineering design. Mr. De Lucia is on the Board of Directors for the Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) as well as several industry and safety organization standards committees.

Michael D. Eskra, President, Eskra Technical Products, Inc.

Mike Eskra has been in the battery business since 1977, starting with Globe Union working on lead-acid batteries for EVs. Since then he has run manufacturing facilities, R&D programs at Johnson Controls, General Motors, USABC, PNGV, USCAR, Electro Energy and his own company ETP. Mike has experience in nearly every electrochemical couple and has been involved in the development of nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion and polymer chemistries. Mike started his own company in 1996 and since then he has been involved in development of advanced batteries, processes and failure modes and effects analysis. Recently his company has been involved in the development of a completely dry process for manufacturing lithium-ion and other battery systems based upon PVDF and the investigations of fires caused by failures of battery systems. Mike has investigated over 100 battery-related incidents.

Eddie Forouzan, Ph.D., President, Testing, ARTIN Engineering and Consulting Group, Inc. 

Dr. Eddie Forouzan has over 20 years of experience in research and development, product commercialization, general management, quality, engineering and consulting services. He is an academically trained electrochemist who has completed his postdoctoral training under the direction of Dr. Allen Bard at the University of Texas in Austin. His areas of expertise include the development of new, safe and reliable energy systems for medical devices and consumer product applications. His other expertise include failure analysis studies of energy storage technologies as well as testing and certification of consumer products. This includes but is not limited to cells, battery packs, adapters and complete host devices. Dr. Forouzan has acted as the Secretary and Cell Subsection Chairperson during the development of the IEEE1725 standard.

Christopher Hendricks, Research Scientist & Engineer, Leidos Contractor, Advanced Power and Energy Group, NSWC Carderock, U.S. Navy; Research Scientist, University of Maryland

Christopher Hendricks is a research scientist and engineer working with NSWC Carderock as a Leidos contractor. He is also pursuing his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) with a focus on lithium-ion battery performance, safety and failure analysis. Chris has been a part of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering at UMD, where he performs research on battery diagnostics and prognostics. Most recently, Chris has been working with Dr. Mansour and Dr. Fuentevilla at NSWC Carderock on low-voltage failure mechanisms in large-format cells.

Steve Hwang, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

Bio coming soon.

Judith Jeevarajan, Ph.D., Research Director, Electrochemical Safety, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Dr. Judy Jeevarajan joined UL recently as a Research Director for Electrochemical Safety with battery safety continuing to be her area of specialization. She has worked in the area of batteries for more than 18 years with a primary focus on the lithium-ion chemistry. She had worked on-site at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1998. At NASA, she was the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology at NASA-JSC. Before becoming a civil servant at NASA in 2003, she worked for Lockheed Martin Space Operations. She has an MS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (’91) and she graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1995. Dr. Jeevarajan worked for a small business company in College Station, TX for a year immediately after completion of graduate work. Following this, she worked for a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University on NASA projects. She has more than 18 years of battery experience with her main focus being Li-ion cell and battery research. At NASA Dr. Jeevarajan not only represented the battery group at all the NASA safety panels but also led the advanced battery technology work with a special focus on the safety improvements. Dr. Jeevarajan serves in the Technical Working Group for standards organizations such as Underwriter’s Laboratories, RTCA and IEC/ANSI and is currently leading an effort under AIAA to write a space safety standard for battery systems. She has written two book chapters, one on battery safety that was published in 2009 and a second one on commercial Li-ion cell safety, published in January 2014. Dr. Jeevarajan supported the Boeing 787 Investigation as a member of a Non-Advocate Review panel as well as an advisory member to the FAA and also supported an NTSB informational forum on Li-ion batteries. Dr. Jeevarajan has made more than 100 presentations at conferences and has won numerous NASA awards the most recent of them being the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the NASA-NESC Engineering Excellence Award.

George A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

Mr. Kerchner serves as the Executive Director of PRBA - The Rechargeable Battery Association. He represents PRBA at domestic and international transportation forums such as the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel. Mr. Kerchner also is Senior Regulatory Analyst with the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP.

Kevin Leary, Transportation Regulations Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

Mr. Leary is an international transportation specialist with the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Leary has extensive experience with the U.S. hazardous materials transportation regulations and international dangerous goods transportation regulations. He has represented the U.S. at domestic and international transportation forums such as the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, the International Civil Aviation Organization Dangerous Goods Panel. While with PHMSA, Mr. Leary has led the recent rulemaking initiatives to harmonize the U.S. hazardous materials regulations with international transport standards.

Thomas (TJ) Leech, III, CHMM, Manager, Dangerous GoodsHotline, Corporate Safety, FedEx

TJ is Manager of the Dangerous Goods Hotline for FedEx Express, Corporate Safety in Memphis, Tennessee. He has a broad background in environmental, health, safety and dangerous goods transportation. He has been at FedEx for 9 years. He began his career working in Air Pollution Control in Memphis. He has worked in medical waste disposal, chemical manufacturing, orthopedic manufacturing and consulting. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and holds an Associate Degree in Chemical Engineering Technology from Southwest Tennessee Community College, a Bachelor of Environmental Technology from Florida International University in Miami, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Memphis.

Xuan (Shawn) Liu, Research Scientist, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

Xuan Liu has been a Ph.D. student at the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park since 2010. After finishing his master of science study in 2012, he and his adviser, Associate Professor Stanislav I. Stoliarov, have been working on quantifying and modeling lithium-ion battery failure. Xuan has published several journal/conference papers introducing his work on battery safety. He is looking forward to applying his technique to solve more battery safety-related problems in the future.

James A. Lynch, Director, R&D, Fire & Risk Alliance, LLC

Mr. Lynch serves as the Director of R&D for the Fire & Risk Alliance (FRA). For over 15 years, Mr. Lynch has amassed a broad range of experience in fire protection engineering, code consulting, fire research and product development. Mr. Lynch has extensive fire testing experience having conducted numerous test series for litigation purposes, the military and commercial products. These projects include the development and testing of a volume sensor for shipboard use, smoke characterization and smoke detector response studies for litigation, comparative testing of smoke detector technologies and UL and FM standardized testing for smoke detectors, optical flame detectors, and suppression systems. Mr. Lynch has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an ME in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI. He is a member or the Salamander Honorary Fire Protection Engineering Society, the National Fire Protection Association, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and the International Association Fire Safety Science. Mr. Lynch is a committee member on the NFPA fire testing technical committee.

Janet S. McLaughlin, Director, Hazardous Materials Safety Program, Office of Security & Hazardous Materials Safety, Federal Aviation Administration

Ms. McLaughlin is the Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Hazardous Materials Safety Program (HMSP). As an internationally recognized expert in dangerous goods, Ms. McLaughlin has been active in lithium battery regulations in the U.S. and in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since 2001. Also under ICAO auspices, she has served in an advisory capacity for foreign civil aviation authorities throughout the world. Ms. McLaughlin was critical in having the HMSP sponsor Lithium Battery testing at the FAA Technical Center and participated in joint projects on the risk and mitigation of lithium battery fires on aircraft. Ms. McLaughlin’s work at FAA also involves supporting DOT at the UN Subcommittee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Bob Richard, Ph.D., Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), Vice President, Regulations and Compliance, Labelmaster Services

Bob joined Labelmaster Services as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs in October 2010. Bob provides dangerous goods regulatory assistance to customers worldwide by drawing on his vast experience, knowledge of the hazardous materials regulations and extensive network of dangerous goods professionals worldwide. From 2006-2010, Bob served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. DOT. Bob served as the Chairman of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods that has responsibility for publishing the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Bob also served as the chairman and vice chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel which has responsibility for developing and publishing the International Civil Aviation Regulations which govern the transport of dangerous goods by air. Since leaving the government for private practice, Bob draws on his vast experience to provide guidance and consulting services to clients ranging from major international corporations to small businesses. He has assisted numerous clients with bringing their operations into compliance. Bob has conducted compliance audits, assisted clients with classifying their hazardous materials, interpreted regulatory requirements, developed training programs and operations manuals and assisted clients with navigating the complexities of the domestic and international transport regulations.

Nancy Rockbrune, Head, Safety Management System (SMS), IATA

Nancy has over 18 years’ airline experience in both Operational and Corporate functions. Her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, overseeing the development and implementation of safety programs and initiatives, including Safety Management Systems (SMS). Nancy has been at IATA for over four years as Head, Safety Management Systems, responsible for managing all of IATA’s SMS programs and activities. Leveraging her airline experience, she facilitates industry’s further understanding and implementation of SMS, while also defining and promoting SMS requirements and policies with States, Aviation Groups and other International Organizations. Supporting the shift to performance-based management, Nancy has directed multi-stakeholder safety risk assessments for topics such as volcanic ash, carbon brake oxidization and, most recently, the carriage of lithium batteries. Nancy is also a member of the ICAO Safety Management Panel, which created Annex 19 ~ Safety Management, and is currently developing guidance material for the proposed 1st amendment.

Noah Ryder, Managing Partner, Risk, Fire & Risk Alliance, LLC

Mr. Ryder is a Managing Partner of the Fire & Risk Alliance/Amped I and for 15 years has focused on understanding fire and explosion phenomena and their interaction with both the built and natural environment. He is a Licensed Fire Protection Engineer with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and an MBA from the R.H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada that focuses on combustion phenomena. Additionally Mr. Ryder is an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Researcher at the University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering and sits on the Department Board of Visitors. He is actively engaged in applied research efforts focusing on battery safety, emergency response, and fire detection/suppression related to ESS.

Jason A. Sutula, Ph.D., PE, CFEI, CVFI, IAAI-CFI Senior Fire Investigator/Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

Bio coming soon.

Robert Swaim, National Resource Specialist, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board

Robert Swaim has worked around the world as an aviation accident investigator with the NTSB since 1988 in positions from Systems Engineering Investigator to Accredited Representative of the United States. Mr. Swaim has led on-scene and laboratory groups and participated in groups led by others during investigations into fuel tank explosions, in-flight fires, in-flight collisions, wiring and instrument investigations, flight control failures, pressurization, hydraulic loss, brake and tire failures. Safety recommendations developed from these investigations include sweeping changes to regulations, changes in design, and operational revisions. Mr. Swaim was the initial responder on January 7, 2013, to the Boeing 787 battery failure in Boston. Mr. Swaim has represented the NTSB at numerous conferences and panels and teaches aviation accident investigation. Prior to working for the government, Mr. Swaim worked in engineering positions at Lockheed, Kaman Aerospace and Hughes Helicopters. He has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, is a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic and pilot.

John T. Warner, D.M., PMP, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, XALT Energy

Dr. John T. Warner, DM, PMP, is an experienced sales, product management and strategic marketing executive with 25+ years in the automotive and battery industries. As Vice President of Sales & Marketing for XALT Energy, Dr. Warner leads the sales, marketing, business development activities and the customer concept development activities. And in May of this year, Dr. Warner used his extensive battery experience to publish his first book titled The Handbook of Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Design by Elsevier publishers. Previously, as Director of Sales & Marketing and Product Management for Magna Steyr Battery Systems NA, Dr. Warner led the company’s growth efforts in all market segments. Prior to this Dr. Warner was Director of Product Management for Large Format Batteries at Li-ion battery start-up Boston-Power, where he led the large format battery product development and automotive strategy. Before joining Boston-Power, Dr. Warner spent over 12 years at General Motors in various management roles, where his latest responsibilities included the short- and long-term strategies for diesels and mild-hybrid systems as well as the management of these product portfolios. He received his doctor of management, organizational leadership degree from the University of Phoenix, and his MBA, International Business and Leadership Studies and BA in industrial management from Baker College.

John Zhang, Ph.D, CTO, Celgard

Dr. Zhang is recognized as the leading authority on Li-ion batteries safety and separators. Via IEEE, he leads and helps the establishment of Li-ion battery industry standards (P1625, P1725 and CTIA). He has chaired and/or organized more than 50 international conferences and delivered more than 50 invited plenary (or keynote) speeches at various international conferences. He has published more than 100 patents, papers and books, including the first ceramic coating separator patent (US 6, 432, 586) and some of the most cited papers (Chem. Reviews, 2004 and Li-ion safety papers 2006-now).

WORKSHOPS

W1: Battery Safety Training


Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd.

Bio coming soon.

W3: Advanced Supercapacitors: Present and Future Innovations to Achieve Higher-Energy Density Power Solutions


Andrew F. Burke, Ph.D., Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

Bio coming soon.

W4: Post-Disaster Investigation Management and Forensics

James A. Barnes, Ph.D., Consultant, Barnes Tech Advising; formerly U.S. Navy at NSWC Carderock and U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. James Barnes earned his BS degree in chemistry from Davidson College and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After postdoctoral work at the University of Southampton, England and the University of South Carolina, he taught chemistry at Austin College in Sherman, Texas for a decade. During this time, he held appointments with Shell Development Corp., Texas Instruments, Southwest Research Institute, and the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1983, he joined the staff of the Electrochemistry Branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center where he was a research scientist, Group Leader, and Branch Head. From 1999 until 2015, he was on assignment to the Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy where he was a member of the Hybrid and Electric Systems Team. While at DOE, he helped manage an extensive program of R&D on advanced, rechargeable batteries and was involved in the Recovery Act’s funding of $1.5B in grants for facilities to manufacture batteries and battery components. He retired from the Civil Service in July of this year and is now an independent consultant. During his career, he has studied multiple incidents of battery failures, including serving as a technical advisor to the NTSB during their investigation of the Boeing 787 battery incidents.


Mike Bauer, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board

Mr. Bauer is an aerospace engineer (aircraft systems). He works as an investigator in the NTSB’s Office of Aviation Safety. He joined the NTSB in 2008 as an aerospace engineer (vehicle recorders). As a vehicle recorders specialist, he worked on the multiple major domestic and international investigations and multiple field investigations recovering flight data from various recording devices, including FDRs, GPSs and avionics components. In 2012 he joined the Office of Aviation Safety working on aircraft system investigations. Notable investigations have included 2009 Air France Flight 447, 2011 Gulfstream G650 flight test accident and the 2011 P-51 Galloping Ghost Reno air race accident. Prior to joining the NTSB, he worked in a variety of engineering roles, flight test engineer, systems and structures design and certification for various aircraft and avionics manufacturers. Mr. Bauer holds a BSc in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a private pilot.

J. Thomas Chapin, Ph.D., UL Corporate Fellow and Vice President, Research, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

J. Thomas Chapin is the Vice President, Research at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). Tom is a UL William Henry Merrill Society Corporate Fellow and Chairman of the UL Fire Council. Tom manages the UL global research activities related to UL standards, certification, testing and surveillance services. As a trained materials scientist, Tom’s career has been dedicated to the study of polymer synthesis, characterization, processing, degradation, aging and fire behavior of materials. Tom joined UL in 2001 after a 21-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and three years at The Upjohn Co. He has 17 patents related to telecommunications and materials science. Tom has made over 300 technical presentations at conferences and has in excess of 150 technical publications in the field of materials and polymer science. He received his BS in Chemistry with Honors in 1974 from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1977 from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut. Tom was the past international chairman of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Technical Committee, TC 113 on Nanotechnology Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Components and Subsystems.

Robert Swaim, National Resource Specialist, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board

Robert Swaim has worked around the world as an aviation accident investigator with the NTSB since 1988 in positions from Systems Engineering Investigator to Accredited Representative of the United States. Mr. Swaim has led on-scene and laboratory groups and participated in groups led by others during investigations into fuel tank explosions, in-flight fires, in-flight collisions, wiring and instrument investigations, flight control failures, pressurization, hydraulic loss, brake and tire failures. Safety recommendations developed from these investigations include sweeping changes to regulations, changes in design, and operational revisions. Mr. Swaim was the initial responder on January 7, 2013, to the Boeing 787 battery failure in Boston. Mr. Swaim has represented the NTSB at numerous conferences and panels and teaches aviation accident investigation. Prior to working for the government, Mr. Swaim worked in engineering positions at Lockheed, Kaman Aerospace and Hughes Helicopters. He has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, is a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic and pilot.

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