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Dan Abraham, Ph.D., Vice President, Science and Business Strategy, MPEG LA

Dan Abraham joined MPEG LA in 2012 as Vice President , Science and Business Strategy, where he is responsible for identifying new opportunities and creating new programs. Dan came to MPEG LA from Columbia University where he served as Director of Columbia Technology Ventures. Prior to Columbia University, Dan served as Vice President, Chief Technologist at GE Technology Development. He has also served as Vice President, Advanced Development for Veeco Instruments; Intellectual Properties Director and Senior Scientist at Phase Metrics, and conducted nanoscience research at The Institute for Materials Research, University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), IBM Research Laboratory Zurich and AT&T Bell Labs. Dan earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California.

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

Dr. Daniel Abraham is a leading scientist in the field of lithium-ion batteries. At Argonne, he leads the effort to identify performance degradation mechanisms in lithium-ion cells to enable development of alternative materials and components that enhance cell performance, calendar life, and safety. His interests range from the discovery and development of electrode and electrolyte materials for sustainable and environmentally friendly batteries, to recycling existing lithium-ion cells to recover non-renewable components. Dr. Abraham’s previous research was on the safe storage of nuclear waste arising from efforts to recycle spent nuclear fuel. He also has considerable expertise in the structural characterization and surface analysis of materials, alloy synthesis, microstructure examination, and corrosion testing.

Orlando Auciello, Ph.D., Endowed Chair Professor, Materials Science, Engineering 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.

Susan Babinec, Senior Commercialization Advisor, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Sue Babinec is presently a Senior Commercialization Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). She helps lead ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market effort, which provides the commercial discipline required to prepare breakthrough energy technologies for the transition into market. Sue has spent her career focused on research and commercial programs in materials, electro-active materials, displays, sensors, and electrochemistry, with extensive experience in Li-Ion batteries and advanced electrochemical devices. Prior to ARPA-E, Babinec served as Technical Director for A123 Systems, Inc., where she led research groups innovating in and scaling up Li-Ion materials and cell technologies and also developed an analytical organization in support of the company’s global business. Babinec spent the first 20+ years of her career at The Dow Chemical Corporation, where she was the company’s first woman Corporate Fellow as well as the Inventor of the Year. Her role additionally included (Scientist) Partner in the Dow Venture Capital Organization, leading technical analysis of investment opportunities and hands-on partnering in start-up investments. Babinec also co-invented a low-cost display technology that was spun out as the venture-funded Aveso Displays. Babinec received her MS in Physical Science from Michigan State University and BS in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. She holds 40+ patents and has authored or co-authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters on her areas of expertise. She is an active member of The American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society and The Electrochemical Society.

Brian Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, CAMX Power

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.

Jeremy Carlson, Battery Technology Engineer, Lenovo

Jeremy is a Battery Technology Engineer with the Lenovo Strategic Technical Innovation Center. 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.

Rick Chamberlain, Ph.D., CTO, Boston-Power

Dr. Chamberlain is a recognized expert in lithium-ion battery technology with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Part of the original Boston-Power team, Dr. Chamberlain leads intellectual property development focused on the commercialization of lithium-ion cell and battery technology and products, including development of lithium-ion batteries for application into electric vehicles. Dr. Chamberlain earned his BS in Chemistry from the College of William & Mary; and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

George Crabtree, Ph.D., Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne National Laboratory & Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

George Crabtree is Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors. This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment. He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Bridget Deveney, Senior Research Associate, GraftTech International

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Timothy Hatchard, Ph.D., Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University

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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.

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.

Partha Mukherjee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University

Partha P. Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. He spent 4 years in the Department of Energy National Labs, as a Director’s research fellow (2008-2009) at Los Alamos National Laboratory and as a Staff Scientist (2009-2011) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to Ph.D. studies at Penn State, he worked as a Consulting Engineer for 4 years at Fluent India Pvt. Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Fluent Inc., currently Ansys Inc. His research interests include transport, materials and manufacturing aspects in electrochemical energy storage and conversion, mesoscopic modeling, and virtual materials design.

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.

K Raghunathan, Ph.D., Battery Systems Engineer, General Motors

Raghu is a Chemical Engineer, with a B Tech from IIT Madras, India and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University. He has over 25 years of experience in R&D, having worked at Ohio State University, US EPA, Union Carbide, GE, and GM. He has been with GM for over 10 years and his main focus is on battery cell modeling and diagnostics for GM vehicle electrification programs.

Suresh Sriramulu, Ph.D., CTO, CAMX Power

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Dee Strand, Ph.D., CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Dr. Dee Strand is a Senior Scientist at Wildcat Discovery Technologies. Dr. Strand has over twenty years of experience in materials research, development, and commercialization, primarily in the areas of energy storage and electronic applications. Prior to joining Wildcat in 2013, Dr. Strand served as a Research Fellow at Dow Chemical, where she was the technical lead in Dow Energy Materials, as well as the Principal Investigator on external research programs with universities and national labs on battery materials. Dr. Strand also has extensive experience in patent analysis and technical due diligence of new technologies. Dr. Strand completed her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervision of Professor John Schrag. Her Ph.D. research focused on rheology and birefringence of polymeric solutions. Dr. Strand also holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Dakota State University.

Koukou Suu, Ph.D., ULVAC Fellow, General Manager, Global Marketing and Technology Strategy, ULVAC, Inc.

Dr. Koukou Suu graduated and received a PhD in Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan in 1988 and 1993 respectively. He joined ULVAC, Inc. in 1993 and was involved in developing numerous technologies. He was the GM of ISET from 2008 to 2014. He is now ULVAC Fellow and GM of Global Market & Technology Strategy.

Wei Tong, Ph.D., Scientist/Principal Investigator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Wei Tong is a Staff Scientist int the Environmental Energy and Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She joined the Lab in April, 2014 and is a member of the Electrochemical Technologies Group in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division. She obtained her BS and MS degree in Materials Science at Wuhan University of Technology, China and her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2010. She specializes in chemical synthesis of solid state materials with emphasis on combinatorial library design and high throughput screening of battery materials. Her extensive experience and practical knowledge in discovery and development of a variety of battery materials using combinatorial materials approach have led to over 10 inventions in the battery field. Her research interests also extend to the in depth understanding of the electrochemical reaction mechanism within the bulk electrode and at the interface through the advanced characterization techniques.

Venkat Viswanathan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Venkat Viswanathan's research focus is on identifying the scientific principles governing material design, inorganic, organic and biomaterials, for novel energy conversion and storage routes. The material design is carried out through a suite of computational methods being developed in the group validated by experiments. Some key research thrusts include identifying principles of electrolytes design (organic material) that can tune electrode catalysis, identification of new anode, cathode (inorganic materials) and electrolyte materials for next generation batteries, new electrocatalysts (inorganic) and biomaterials for energy storage and separation applications. In addition to material design, our group is involved in several cross-cutting areas such as battery controls, electric vehicle security and GPU accelerated computing. His awards include National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016; American Chemical Society PRF Young Investigator in 2014; Finalist in MIT TR Innovators Under 35 in 2014; Electrochemical Society Daniel Cubicciotti Award in 2010; Electrochemical Society Herbert H. Uhligh Summer Fellow in 2009.

M. Stanley Whittingham, D.Phil., Director & Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Materials, Binghamton University

He is currently a professor of chemistry and director of both the Institute for Materials Research and the Materials Science and Engineering program at Binghamton University. Whittingham was educated at Stamford School in Lincolnshire from 1951-1960, before going to New College, Oxford to read Chemistry. At the University of Oxford, he took his BA (1964), MA (1967) and D.Phil. (1968). After completing his graduate studies, Dr. Whittingham was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University until 1972. He then worked for Exxon Research & Engineering Company from 1972 until 1984. He then spent four years working for Schlumberger prior to becoming a professor at Binghamton University. For five years, he served as the University’s vice provost for research and outreach. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York for six years. Dr. Whittingham is a key figure in the history of the development of lithium-ion batteries discovering the concept of intercalation electrodes. Exxon commercialized the first rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which was based on a titanium disulfide cathode and a lithium-aluminum anode. He developed the hydrothermal synthesis technique for making cathode materials, which is now being used commercially for the manufacture of lithium iron phosphate by Phostech/Sud-Chimie in Montreal, Canada. He co-chaired DOE's study of Chemical Energy Storage in 2007, and is now Director of the Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. He received the Young Author Award from The Electrochemical Society in 1971, the Battery Research Award in 2004, and was elected a Fellow in 2006 for his contributions to lithium battery science and technology.

James Wu, Ph.D., Research Scientist/Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

Dr. James J. Wu earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University at New Brunswick, NJ. He holds another Master’s degree in Electrochemistry/Electroanalytical Chemistry, and a BS degree in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering. Dr. Wu possesses postdoctoral experience and more than 15 years of industrial and government R&D experience. Dr. Wu has a varied experience base with the research and development of catalysts, advanced energy storage materials and electrochemical systems, having held positions in industry with various battery development companies that include: Scientist with Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Senior Electrochemical Engineer with PowerGenix, and Staff Technology Engineer with Eveready Battery Company. Prior to his experience with the Eveready Battery Company, Dr. Wu served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Iowa. He possesses a wide range of technical skills that address various aspects of fundamental electrochemical system concepts. Dr. Wu is now a research scientist/engineer at NASA Glenn Research center, working on Li-ion and Li metal-based battery chemistries and developing advanced energy storage materials and systems. Dr. Wu currently serves as anode leader of NASA Advanced Space Power System project.

Huolin Xin, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Electron Microscopy, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Huolin Xin is a scientific staff member in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His primary field of expertise lies in developing novel 3-D, atomic-resolution, and in situ spectroscopic and imaging tools to probe the structural, chemical, and bonding changes of energy materials during chemical reactions or under external stimuli. His research at Cornell and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab spans the areas from tomographic and atomic-resolution chemical imaging of fuel cell nanoparticles to in situ environmental study of heterogeneous catalysts, all maintaining a strong focus on nanocharacterization of energy materials. In 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, he received Distinguished Scholar Award, Castaing Award, and Presidential Scholar Award from professional EM societies. His research has resulted in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and 1 pending patent, six of which have been reported and highlighted by national media agencies.

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Brian Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, CAMX Power

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.

Jian Dong, Ph.D., Senior Cell Development Engineer, SAFT SDD, SAFT America, Inc.

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Asmae El Mejdoubi, Ph.D., Research Fellow, LUSAC Laboratory, Université de Caen Normandie and ENSAM, Université Moulay Ismail

Asmae El Mejdoubi was born in Morocco in 1988. She received the Engineering degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts & Métiers “ENSAM”, Meknès, Morocco, in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering jointly from the University of Caen Normandie, Cherbourg-Octeville, France, and the l’ENSAM de l’Université Moulay Ismaïl, Meknès, in 2015. Her research interests are in the area of energy storage, more specifically, supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries, state-of-health and state-of-charge diagnosis and aging estimation. Dr. El Mejdoubi was a recipient of the second prize in the Morocco Science Awards, category of "best scientific publication". The competition was organized by Moroccan Scientific Community and the U.S. embassy in Morocco.

Stephan Hildebrand, MSc, Research Associate, MEET Battery Research Center, University of Münster

Stephan Hildebrand was born in 1988 in Gehrden, Germany, and is currently working on his dissertation in Professor Winter's group at MEET Battery Research Center, University of Münster. His research is mainly focused on the thermal analysis of lithium-ion cells and its components especially by adiabatic calorimetry as well as the development of cathode material to enhance the intrinsic safety of lithium-ion batteries. He started studying chemistry in 2008 at the University of Hanover. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry 2011 at the University of Hanover and his Master of Science degree in chemistry in 2014 at the University of Münster.

Thomas Hoeger, Senior Electrical Power Systems Engineer; Contractor, Advanced Power and Energy Branch, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock

Tom received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1988. The first 25 years of Tom’s career were spent in the space industry working at Lockheed Martin Astro Space in East Windsor, NJ, designing high-reliability analog and power electronics for satellites. In late 1995 Tom moved on to Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, VA, where he spent the next 18 years. Tom has supported over 20 space programs ranging from 150 Watt LEO science satellites to 10 kW GEO communication satellites, and the Mars Observer interplanetary mission. As the Lead Power System Engineer for Orbital’s Cygnus vehicle, Tom led development of Orbital’s first 2-fault tolerant, man-rated power system which included the design of the vehicle’s three 6.7kWH lithium-ion batteries. Since June of 2014, Tom has worked as a contractor for the Advanced Power and Energy Branch (APEB) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division. As part of APEB’s Battery Safety Group, Tom’s primary function is to verify batteries meet the Navy’s stringent safety requirements. This is accomplished primarily through a combination of detailed review of battery design, destructive and non-destructive testing.

Barrie E. Homan, Ph.D., Research Physicist, Explosive Effect Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Homan obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Albany in 1994. He served as a postdoctoral fellow for the Army Research Laboratory until he became a civilian employee in 1998. He has studied the combustion chemistry of propellants early in his career while broadening his expertise to other classes of energetic materials as time progressed. An experimentalist by training, he has transitioned to the “darkside” by adding high-fidelity modeling skills to his toolbox.

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.

Nasrin Shahed Khah, Research Scientist, Electrochemical Engineering Group, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

Nasrin Shahed Khah is a Mechanical Engineer/Research Scientist with an expertise in characterization of mechanical and electrochemical properties of Li-ion batteries. She completed her Master in Engineering at Imperial College London in 2013 with a focus on battery and fuel cell technologies for Electric Vehicles (EV). Nasrin joined Electrochemical Engineering group at WMG, University of Warwick in 2014 as a Ph.D. Researcher. This has been part of an industrial-funded project with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Imperial College London to investigate mechanical and electrical behavior of EV batteries under a range of loading conditions. The main aim is to exemplify the failure behavior of the Li-ion batteries in Electric Vehicles under mechanical loading/impact. Nasrin is also involved in teaching on the industrial-oriented educational program for Jaguar Land Rover where she covers dynamic mechanics and structural integrity. She brings her expertise in mechanical testing to support case studies from industrial participants. She is also supervising and supporting student research projects in UG levels. Nasrin has been a member of the executive committee of the “Innovation and Research Conference” at WMG, University of Warwick; leading industrial collaborations of the research conference. She is also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Fredrik Larsson, MSc, Researcher, Electronics, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden; Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology

Fredrik Larsson has more than 10 years of experiences from Li-ion batteries within automotive industry. He has industrial experiences from several HEV and EV projects in Sweden and Germany. He was previously a technical specialist at Effpower developing Li-ion battery systems. In 2012 Fredrik joined SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and is on fulltime, conducting research on safety for Li-ion batteries in electrified vehicles. Fredrik is the project leader of the project, “Safer battery systems in electrified vehicles”. Fredrik received a master’s in Engineering Physics 2006, a degree in Licentiate of Engineering 2014, and a Ph.D. degree is expected in 2017 from Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology.

Torleif Lian, Chief Engineer, Maritime Department, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI)

Torleif Lian is working as Chief Engineer at Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, located at Kjeller, near Oslo. Lian holds a BS/Cand.Mag. in chemistry and electronics from HINT and is working on a Master’s in chemistry at the University of Oslo. He has been engaged for more than 18 years in research and industrialization of secondary batteries and semi-fuel cells in autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), with a particular focus on safety aspects of lithium-ion batteries.

John McHardy, Ph.D., President, J McHardy LLC

Dr. McHardy earned BA and MA degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. For the next three decades, he led research and development programs in electrochemical technology at both large and small corporations. He retired from Hughes Aircraft Company in 2003, having received numerous awards for his technical accomplishments in materials science and battery technology. As a consultant, his contributions have included: investigations identifying the root cause of battery failures and accidents; algorithms for estimating battery reliability from impedance data; improved yields in the pilot-scale production of solid-state lithium-ion batteries; intellectual property in the fields of batteries and battery testing; and expert testimony in response to a patent challenge.

Khosrow (Nema) Nematollahi, Ph.D., Chairman and CTO, Renewable Energy, Advanced Renewable Power LLC

Dr. Nematollahi is Chairman of CAE-net.com Inc. and Advanced Renewable Power LLC (ARP). He has been conducting research in thermal management system development for electric vehicle batteries and Grid Energy Storage (GES) systems in collaboration with EnerDel, Inc. and ARP for the last six years. Dr. Nematollahi received his Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics/Civil in May 1983 from Purdue University School of Engineering in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has been Associate Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University School of Engineering, Indianapolis since 1997. After graduating from Purdue University, he was a principal engineer in the nuclear power industry for about two years with Impell and Surgent & Lundy Corporations in Chicago, IL. He founded Modern Computer Aided Engineering Inc. (MCAE) in 1984 to develop advanced finite element analysis system. As chairman and CEO of MCAE, he raised close to $6,800,000 from research grants, venture capitals, and software commercial sales. He has also developed the reality view visualization system for The immersive Global University (TiGU). Dr. Nematollahi was also the principal for global professional services at Silicon graphics from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Nematollahi has been conducting research in the area of advanced composites armor technologies since 2005 and was awarded several research grants ($790,000) from Department of Defense (DoD). He has been awarded three U.S. patents for advanced armors. He was awarded the Outstanding Faculty at Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology, 2014.

Martin Petit, Ph.D., Electrochemical Engineer, Electrochemistry and Materials Department, IFP Energies Nouvelles, IFPEN

I graduated from Ecole des Mines of Nancy in 2007, after my Ph.D. in chemical engineering from INPL. In 2011, I joined the IFPEN Electrochemistry and Materials department on the topic of Li-ion batteries modeling. I contributed to the development of electrical storage systems models for system simulation currently valuated through the Electrical Storage library for LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim™ software. I have been working on Li-ion batteries thermal runaway modeling since 2013 and contributed to the review article “Safety focused modeling of lithium-ion batteries: A review”, published in Journal of Power Sources in February (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2015.11.100).

Wolfgang Schade, Ph.D., Professor & Department Head, Fiber Optical Sensor Systems, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute; Department Head, Applied Photonics, IEPT, Clausthal University of Technology

Wolfgang Schade is a full Professor of physics at Clausthal University of Technology in Germany and also head of the department of Fiber Optical Sensor Systems at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Insititute (HHI) in Goslar, Germany. He is author or co-author of more than 120 papers in journals and books and holds more than 20 patents. His research interests are laser spectroscopy, femtosecond laser materials processing and applications of fiber optical sensors to industrial process control, battery safety and medical. Very recently he developed with his team a fiber optical 3D shape and tracking system on the basis of fiber Bragg gratings processed in a single-mode optical fiber by point-to-point femtosecond laser direct writing.

Rengaswamy (Srini) Srinivasan, Ph.D., Principal Professional Staff Scientist, Research and Exploratory Development, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

Rengaswamy Srinivasan, Ph.D., is the principal author on the development of Noninvasive Battery-Internal-Temperature Sensor (NIBITS), Internal Resistance and SoC sensors. He has three U.S. patents on (Li-ion) Battery Health Monitor (BHM) and on NIBITS, five publications related to Li-ion battery thermal safety and management in peer-reviewed journals, and two conference proceedings and a newsletter in SPIE. He is the co-chair of the AIAA-NASA Committee on Safety for batteries and a member of the NTSB-UL Battery Safety Counsel.

Daniel Steingart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

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Michael F. Toney, Ph.D., Synchrotron Materials Sciences Division Head & Professor, Photon Sciences, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Center, Stanford University

Toney is head of the Materials Sciences Division and a Professor of Photon Sciences at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He is a world leader in the development and use of X-ray techniques for the determination of structure and morphology in energy materials, including energy storage, metal oxides, photovoltaics, thin films, magnetic storage films, polymers, and organics. Toney has developed several in situ and operando characterization approaches for energy storage materials and has used these methods to diagnose the operation of battery electrodes. He has over 385 publications.

John A. Turner, Ph.D., Group Leader, Computational Engineering and Energy Sciences, UT-Battelle / Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Dr. John A. Turner has almost 25 years of experience applying computational science to challenging problems ranging from nuclear energy and stockpile stewardship to battery safety. He currently leads the Computational Engineering and Energy Sciences Group (CEES) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), serves as Chief Computational Scientist for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), a DOE Innovation Hub led by ORNL that brings together national laboratories, universities, and industry to apply advanced modeling and simulation to science and engineering challenges in nuclear energy and also serves as the ORNL lead for the “HPC For Manufacturing” (HPC4Mfg) program funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Office in DOE/EERE. Dr. Turner and his team have developed and deployed the Virtual Integrated Battery Environment (VIBE), which includes the Open Architecture Software (OAS) - the computational infrastructure for the EERE Computer Aided Engineering for Batteries (CAEBAT) program.

Eric D. Wachsman, Ph.D., Professor & Director, University of Maryland Energy Research Center; William L. Crentz Centennial Chair, Energy Research, University of Maryland

Dr. Wachsman is a Fellow of both The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He was formerly Chair of the High Temperature Materials Division of ECS and currently Chairs the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Subcommittee and the National Capitol Section, and serves on the Board of Directors, Technical Affairs and Fuel Cell Subcommittee of ECS. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and the Materials Research Society. His research is focused on solid ion-conducting materials and electrocatalysts, and includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), solid-state batteries, ion-transport membrane reactors, solid-state gas sensors, and the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, CO2, and NOx, using advanced ion conducting materials. He has more than 235 publications and 16 patents on ionic and electronic transport in materials, and their catalytic properties, and device performance.

William Walker, Heat Transfer Analyst, Thermal Design Branch, NASA Johnson Space Center

William Q. Walker received his BS in Mechanical Engineering at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Houston (UH). Walker’s research activities are concentrated on developing new understanding of lithium-ion battery thermal runaway mechanisms. Walker has been employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) for five years where he works to design battery assemblies for human spaceflight applications capable of safely mitigating the effects of thermal runaway and preventing cell-to-cell propagation.

Yinjiao (Laura) Xing, Ph.D., Research Associate, CALCE, University of Maryland

No bio available.

WORKSHOPS

W1: ENERGY STORAGE INNOVATION: TECHNOLOGIES AND MARKETS FOR THE FUTURE OF POWER

Chris Robinson, Research Analyst, Lux Research

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W2: BATTERY SAFETY TRAINING

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

Shmuel is a leading international expert in the business of energy storage. Prior to founding the company, Shmuel held for over 21 years various positions as an energy storage, electronic engineering and quality control team manager. Shmuel holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA in quality control and reliability engineering from the Technion Institute in Haifa as well as an Electronic Technician's diploma.

W3: LITHIUM BATTERY TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

Daphne A. Fuentevilla, Ph.D., Engineer, Advanced Power and Energy Group, NSWC Carderock, U.S. Navy

Dr. Daphne A. Fuentevilla is a chemical engineer and power system specialist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. She has worked with batteries, capacitors, fuel cells and alternative energy systems for the Navy since 2004. She provides technical expertise in lithium battery safety and supports Navy and Marine Corps program offices with system safety, failure analysis and platform integration of power systems. Most recently she has provided technical support to the National Transportation Safety Board for their investigation into lithium battery issues in the 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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

No bio available.

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)

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