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Next Generation Batteries 2017
Next Generation Batteries 2017
2016 Archived Content


Track 1: Mobile Power

Track 2: Next-Generation Batteries, Materials & Chemistries

Track 3: Stationary Energy Storage

Symposium 1: Lithium Batteries For Large-Scale Applications

Symposium 2: Flexible Batteries




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

Dr. Daniel P. Abraham, Argonne, is known worldwide for his expertise in the field of lithium batteries. Dr. Abraham has been a scientist at Argonne since graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. His early research at Argonne was on the safe storage of nuclear waste arising from efforts to recycle spent nuclear fuel (Nuclear Technology Theme). Since joining the Energy Storage Theme he has lead the effort to identify performance degradation mechanisms in lithium ion cells and develop new chemistries that enhance cell performance, life, and safety. He has authored over a hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent lecturer at international meetings on energy storage technologies. In addition, Dr. Abraham has been a research advisor and mentor to various undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral associates. In February 2010, he was awarded an “Outstanding Mentor Award” by the U.S. DOE-Office of Science. More recently, he was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Postdoctoral Supervisor Award by Argonne and 2015 Pinnacle of Education Award by the University of Chicago for “exceptional work in the supervision of postdoctoral employees and in developing the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Jerry Hallmark, Director, Energy Technologies, System Design Group, Motorola Mobility, LLC

Jerry Hallmark is responsible for the energy strategy and development of energy technologies for Motorola Mobility. Jerry and his team evaluate and integrate into products high energy density Li-Ion batteries through battery design, integration, testing, safety, standards and regulations. Prior to this role, Jerry spent eight years as Director of Motorola Labs’ Energy Technologies Lab where he shaped the roadmaps of energy technologies and led research programs on micro fuel cells, energy harvesting, thin-film solid-state batteries and super-capacitors for portable electronics and communication base stations. He was active in the fuel cell industry as a frequent speaker and past President of the US Fuel Cell Council. He also generated numerous proposals and managed contracts for several US government-funded projects on fuel cells for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Advanced Technology Program and the Army Research Lab’s Collaborative Technology Alliance program.Since joining Motorola more than 30 years ago, Jerry has held a variety of research positions, focusing on integrated circuits, advanced materials & devices and energy technologies. He holds 31 patents, with several more pending, and has given numerous presentations at industry conferences and workshops. Jerry earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Solid State Devices) from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Howard Lim, Intellectual Property Attorney, Locke Lord, LLP

Howard L. Lim is a patent attorney with the international law firm Locke Lord LLP. His practice focuses primarily on patent preparation and application, as well as patent litigation. He is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also represents clients in patent litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of California. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, he was in various roles doing market analysis, product development and new business development with Sanyo Electric (now Panasonic) as a battery industry insider. Howard holds a J.D. and a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Jeffrey V. Ortega, Ph.D., Director of Research, ZPower, LLC

Dr. Jeffrey V. Ortega has over twenty years of research experience with energy storage materials. Currently, Dr. Ortega is the Director of Research at ZPower, LLC. His current research is focused on the development of next generation high energy density rechargeable silver-zinc batteries. Prior to ZPower, Dr. Ortega was a lead scientist at Millennium Cell developing chemical hydride storage materials and devices for fuel cells. He holds 10 published patents in the field of energy storage materials and products. Dr. Ortega also has published 10 peer-reviewed papers on the basic science and characterization of electronic transfer and energy storage methods and materials.

Dr. Elena Shembel, D.Sc., Chairman and CEO, Enerize Corporation

Dr. Shembel is Chairman, CEO and President at Enerize Corporation, that commercializing three technology platforms: Li-ion batteries, photovoltaic and non-destructive testing which provide the synergetic effect. Dr. Shembel has over 30 years of R&D, production and top-management experience in the areas of Li batteries, solar cells, supercapacitors, fuel cells, nanotechnologies, non-destructive testing during production. Before Enerize from 2000-2006 Dr. Elena Shembel was the Director of R&D and a Vice President Ener1, publicly traded company, Florida. Before Ener1 18 years Dr. Shembel was the head of various laboratories and projects in the Former Soviet Union and Ukraine, including the Head of the Lithium Battery Program 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 US DOE. She has published more than 300 scientific papers, and is a co-inventor of more than 50 patents and patent applications worldwide, including 15 US Patents and 1 Great Britain patent during last 7 years. 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 Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow at the Academy of Sciences FSU for her work in processes and optimization of lithium chemical power sources.


Robert Ashcraft, Ph.D, Engineer/Manager, Open Innovation Group, Samsung Research America

Ashcraft has been a staff engineer/strategy manager in open innovation for Samsung for 4 years and works closely with the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (a Samsung Electronics Corporate R&D Center). Rob’s primary role involves technology sensing, analysis, and sourcing broadly within the advanced materials realm, and he interacts significantly with academia and startups. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from NC State University in 2003, an MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008, and performed post-doctoral research at Ghent University in Belgium. Rob has also worked a technical consultant with Exponent’s Thermal Sciences practice.

Josh Buettner-Garrett, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Solid Power

Josh Buettner-Garrett specializes in transitioning energy storage technologies out of the laboratory and into products. As Solid Power’s CTO, he is responsible for leading the development of high energy batteries based on the company’s solid-state technology platform. Prior to his role at Solid Power, Josh led the Energy Storage team at ADA Technologies where he oversaw the development of advanced batteries and ultra-capacitors for a variety of applications. Josh did his graduate studies at Colorado State University where he developed high capacity cathodes with improved cycle life, cost, and safety.

Thomas D. Gregory, Borealis Technology Solutions LLC

Thomas is globally recognized for the creation of rechargeable magnesium battery electrochemistry. He has a strong background in lithium-ion battery, fuel cell, and ultracapacitor science and technology. He has extensive experience in designing, developing, and scaling up a wide variety of chemical and polymer processes safely and successfully. He is an early stage chemical process economic analysis practitioner with a focus on using such techniques to compare process alternatives and develop and guide research efforts. Thomas has done extensive collaborative work with large and small companies, R&D organizations, and government labs in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Andy Keates, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

Andy Keates is a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation covering battery technologies. Working with wearable electronics, Ultrabooks and tablets, his charter is to find battery technologies that will deliver exceptional performance for each device type, with its differing requirements for parameters such as physical size, power, temperature, and cycle life. Andy works with engineering groups, Intel Capital and Technology Manufacturing Group to assist emerging technologies towards productization and eventual adoption of new battery technologies in mobile computing.

Ju Li, Ph.D., Professor, Nuclear Science & Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ju Li is BEA Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. His group (http://Li.mit.edu) performs computational and experimental research on mechanical properties of materials, and energy storage and conversion. Ju obtained a Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from MIT in 2000, and Bachelor's degree in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 1994. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2006 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and 2007 TR35 award from Technology Review magazine. Thomson Reuters included Ju in its Highly Cited Researchers list in 2014, among 147 global scientists in the Materials Science category. Ju was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014.

Jun Liu, Ph.D., Director of Energy Processes and Materials Division, Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Jun Liu is a Division Director and a Laboratory Fellow at PNNL, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow for the Materials Research Society (MRS). Jun’s main research interest is materials synthesis, materials chemistry, and applications in energy (energy storage, renewable and bioenergy, catalysis). Jun was recognized by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in 2014 and 2015. Jun has more than 300 peer reviewed publications.

Shirley Meng, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Sustainable Power & Energy Center, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Shirley Meng received her Ph.D. in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005. Shirley is currently the Associate Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science, Jacobs School of Engineering and the Founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center (http://spec.ucsd.edu) at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Shirley received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011, UCSD Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013, Science Award in Electrochemistry by BASF&Volkswagen in 2014 and Frontier of Innovation Award in 2014. Shirley is the author and co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 1 book chapter. She serves on the executive committee for battery division at the Electrochemical Society and she is the technical editor for Journal of Power Sources.

Linda Nazar, Professor, Chemistry, University of Waterloo

Prof. Nazar was educated at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, receiving her Honours undergraduate degree in chemistry and her Ph.D. degree in materials chemistry. She joined Exxon Corporate Research in Annandale NJ, USA, where she was an Exxon Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1987 she joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at the University of Waterloo, where she initiated her independent academic career. She was promoted to full professor in 2000 and established the Laboratory for Electrochemical Energy Materials and has contributed to building the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. She has been an invited professor at the IMN/Université de Nantes, the Materials Science department UCLA, the CNRS in Grenoble, France; and at Caltech in the Materials Science Department. Dr. Nazar has achieved international recognition as a leader in the areas of solid state chemistry, electrochemistry, energy storage and materials science. She has co-authored about 200 publications/ patents, and over 300 contributed international conference papers. Dr. Nazar has also presented her work in over 150 invited distinguished lectures, colloquia and seminars around the globe. She is listed in the 2014 Highly Cited Research List (Thomson-Reuters Web of Science) and in their 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. Dr. Nazar is the recipient of several academic and professional honours and awards, including the Electrochemistry Society Battery Division Research Award (2009), the International Battery Association award (2011), the IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering award (2011), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofman Lecture award (German Chemical Society, 2013), and was the 2010 Moore Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015. Dr. Nazar is Member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including Angewandte Chemie, and serves on several national and international scientific boards, panels, and committees.

YoungHo Shin, Ph.D., Principal Process Engineer, Process Technology Research, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Youngho Shin is a Principal Process Development Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory leading the DOE project “Process Development and Scale up of Advanced Active Battery Materials”.

He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University in South Korea and is registered as a Professional Engineer. He has extensive experience of synthesis, process development and scale up of various active battery materials and bridges the gap between basic material research and commercialization.

Min-Kyu Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University

Min-Kyu Song is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University (WSU). He received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he performed the research focused on the design of novel materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Prior to joining WSU, he conducted postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He also worked at Hyundai Motors Company for six years as a research engineer on the development of fuel cell vehicles. Central to his efforts is the synthesis of carbon-based nano-hybrid materials and manipulation of their electro-chemical properties, with a current emphasis on lithium–sulfur and lithium-air batteries.

Kang Xu, Ph.D., U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Kang Xu, Ph.D., U.S. Army Research Laboratory Kang Xu is a senior chemist at Electrochemistry Branch of U. S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland. He received Ph. D. in Chemistry under the tutelage of Prof. Austen Angell, and has been conducting electrolytes and interphasial chemistry researches for the past 20 years. He has published 130+ papers, wrote/edited 3 books/chapters, and obtained 20+ US Patents. Besides the numerous new materials he brought to Li-ion battery community, he is best known in the field for the two comprehensive reviews published at Chemical Reviews in 2004 and 2014 respectively, and a groundbreaking work in which interphase was successfully tailored for the first time in aqueous electrolytes. His work has received numerous recognitions and awards within DoD and in the field.


Neal Bartek, Distributed Energy Resources Manager, Electric Transmission & Distribution Engineering, San Diego Gas & Electric

Mr. Bartek is the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). In his current role, he is responsible for leading the implementation of SDG&E’s DER vision, including development of the groundbreaking Borrego Springs Microgrid project. During his more than 15 years in the electric industry, he has held numerous leadership and technical positions in electric design, construction and operations. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

Alexander Bistrika, Ph.D., President, eChemion, Inc.

Dr. Bistrika is a co-founder and the chief innovator at eChemion, Inc., an early stage university spinout. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Oregon State University. He is an experienced electrochemist with an interest in a variety of energy storage platforms. His immediate research interests are primarily geared towards advancing redox flow battery systems and resolving the bottlenecks to enable a wider proliferation thereof. Previous experience includes advanced accelerated aging methods for evaluating electrode materials within aqueous electrochemical systems and modeling degradation of carbon-based electrode materials in aqueous electrolytes.

Matthieu Dubarry, Ph.D., Assistant Researcher, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Matthieu Dubarry (Ph.D., Electrochemistry & Solid State Science, University of Nantes), has over 10 years of experience in renewable energy, with an emphasis in the area of lithium-ion batteries. Following his Ph.D. on the synthesis and characterization of materials for lithium batteries, Dr. Dubarry joined the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2005 to work on the analysis of the usage of a fleet of electric vehicles. He was later appointed a faculty position in 2010 with a focus on battery testing, modeling and simulation. While working for HNEI, Dr. Dubarry pioneered the use of new techniques for the analysis of the degradation of Li-ion cells and developed numerous software tools facilitating the prognosis of Li-ion at the single-cell and pack level. Current projects include the evaluation of grid scale Li-ion battery energy storage systems and the evaluation of the impact of vehicle-to-grid strategies on electric vehicle battery pack degradation.

Ryan Faries, MSc, Manager, DoD/Civil EO Systems Design, Systems Development Center, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Ryan Faries is a Systems Engineering Manager with 14 years of experience in materials engineering and systems engineering. Mr. Faries has worked as a materials engineer and systems engineer spanning design and development for Electro-Optical space sensors as well as communication systems for international missile defense programs. Mr. Faries currently operates as a Department Manager within Systems Engineering at Raytheon. He is the Principal Investigator for various microgrid projects installing microgrid systems at for the military services. He is also a team lead for a Raytheon company-wide Enterprise Campaign on Power Technology responsible for performing due diligence assessments on large scale energy storage systems. Mr. Faries has a BS in Materials Engineering from Cal Poly University - San Luis Obispo, an MS in Materials Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MS in Systems Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Reyad Fezzani, Chairman & CEO, Regenerate Power

Mr. Fezzani has more than 26 years of global experience in energy and finance, and over the last 10 years has specialized in renewable energy and clean technology. He currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power, a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects. He is also Chairman and Managing Partner of Energy Finance Company, a distributed generation financier and asset manager. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, a Swiss industrial technology company, and is an active board member and advisor to a series of venture backed Technology companies. Prior to co-founding Regenerate Power, he was CEO of BP Solar and Chairman of Tata-BP Solar. He previously served as President of BP's Global Wind and Solar business and CEO of BP’s Global Chemicals business (annual sales of $10 billion). Educated in the U.K., he holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has worked in Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the United States.

Kevin Fok, Senior Project Manager, LG Chem

Kevin Fok, Senior Project Manager, leads the LG Chem project management and execution in North America for electric grid energy storage ranging from residential systems up through large, utility-scale systems. He is responsible for end-to-end project management, which includes onsite project execution, installation, commissioning, field deployment, and ongoing deployment support. He was integral in the founding efforts to develop and grow the energy storage business at LG Chem and led sales and business development efforts in the U.S. in both securing and managing several projects with major utility customers, including a large 8 MW / 32 MWh turnkey project, a residential energy storage project, and other projects that will be announced in the future. He has over 19 years of sales, business development, marketing, engineering, and project management experience in renewable and alternative energy, including lithium-ion batteries, solar photovoltaics (PV), nickel-metal hydride batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage. His customers have included the military, state governments, systems integrators, and utilities. Mr. Fok has presented at numerous conferences, moderated and served on several conference panels, and organized trade show exhibits. Mr. Fok has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including a magazine feature cover story. He has been acknowledged and cited in several technical publications and textbooks. Mr. Fok is a co-inventor of 13 U.S. patents. He has Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

J. Curtiss Fox, Ph.D., Director, Operations, Duke Energy eGRID Center, Clemson University

J. Curtiss Fox joined the staff of Clemson University as a Research Scientist in 2013 after completion of his Ph.D. dissertation at Clemson University in electrical engineering. He was named the director of operations for the Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation and Development (eGRID) center, of which a 15 MW Grid Simulator serves as the cornerstone. His research interests involve the grid integration and standardization of renewable energy and energy storage technologies with a focus in the evaluation and validation of the performance features and ancillary services provided smart inverter and energy storage technologies.

Rajit Gadh, Ph.D., Professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; Founder & Director, Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) and UCLA WINMEC Consortium, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director of the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC, and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium. Dr. Gadh has a doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a master’s from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur, all in engineering. Dr. Gadh's current research interests include modeling and control of Smart Grids, wireless monitoring and control of distribution and consumer-premise power grids, Electric Vehicle aggregation, modeling and control, optimized EV charging under grid and local constraints, Grid-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-grid and Grid-to-home architectures, automation and home area network for Demand Response, Micro-grid modeling and control, and wireless-sensor and RFID middleware architectures. Dr. Gadh is author of over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings and 4 patents. His team has developed the WINSmartEV™ and WINSmartGrid™ research platforms at UCLA.

Joseph R. Heinzmann, Senior Product Manager – Energy Storage Global Grid Connect, General Electric

Joe Heinzmann is the Senior Account Manager for General Electric’s Energy Storage Business. In this role Joe is responsible for developing cost-effective technical solutions for GE’s customers around the world in a manner that maximizes the sustainability, economics and efficiency of the power grid. Joe has led directly to the placement of battery systems around the world to support customer value and grid stability in energy management and renewable integration applications. Joe was elected to the Secretary/Treasurer Position of the California Energy Storage Association and sits on the Leadership Circle of the Energy Storage Association. Joe holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the California Maritime Academy.

Elliot Hinds, J.D., Partner, Energy, Crowell & Moring LLP

For 20 years Elliot Hinds has worked extensively on the development and financing of products and projects in the electric power and broader energy, infrastructure and sustainability industries. Elliot counsels project developers, technology companies, manufacturers and investors in strategic transactions to commercialize, finance and sell their businesses. He has received a number of honors, including the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California, and is a frequent speaker and writer on energy storage and renewable energy topics. He earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael Liu, North America Regional Manager, Energy Storage, BYD America

Michael Liu is the North America Regional manager for BYD Energy Storage Business. He joined BYD in 2012, and is now responsible for the North American market and business development for Energy Storage in all market sectors, including microgrid, frequency regulation, and load shiftings. Prior to BYD, Michael is a Building Energy Efficiency consultant working under Southern California Edison’s Energy Efficiency program. Michael graduated from Purdue University with a Master’s degree in Engineering, with specialization in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Tom Lovas, Senior Program Manager & Consultant, Cooperative Research Network/Business & Technology Strategies, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (NRECA)

Tom is a research coordinator and technical liaison for CRN and provides technical support for a wide variety of research activities, including the Transmission and Distribution Strategies program and Substation of the Future. A former chair of the CRN Power Supply Task Force, for over 25 years Tom has been a contributor to a wide range of CRN research projects. Tom served as the Principal Investigator for the $68 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project, and coordinated the fuel cell demonstration awarded by EPRI for Technology Achievement. He holds a Master's degree in Public Utility Economics from Washington State University and has served in multiple planning, operating and executive positions at electric utilities in California, Montana and Alaska. With over 40 years of electric power systems experience, his consulting service of Energy & Resource Economics includes regulatory policy, strategic planning, utility economics, generation, transmission and distribution system development, and new technology applications.

Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D., MBA, Director, Business Development, Maxwell Technologies

Dr. Kimberly McGrath is director of business development for Maxwell Technologies and has spent her career in the field of market and technology development for ultracapacitor, battery, and fuel cell energy storage. Kim received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Satoru Shinzaki, Project Manager, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Satoru Shinzaki is Project Manager of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. After engaged with designing electric motors and generators for industrial applications and distributed power resources, he joined Honda R&D in 1999. Beginning with the development of the first generation Civic Hybrid, he has been involved in the development of various electrified vehicle systems, including the plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. He was also involved with research on batteries as well as the technology of integrating vehicles into the power grid. Since 2015, he has assumed responsibility for environmental business development in Torrance, California. He holds a master’s degree in control engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Erik Steeb, Vice President, Programs, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Erik Steeb is the VP of Programs at LACI, leading portfolio company recruiting, vetting and development and the strategy, build-out and operations of the LACI satellite incubators in Silicon Valley and at California State University Northridge. In addition to his work with LACI, Erik is an angel investor in early stage energy startups, sits on the boards of Pick My Solar, the Cleantech Open and First Look West DOE University Clean Energy Competition. Erik works with more than 100 early-stage cleantech companies each year, honing business strategies, connecting investors, customers, business partners, and advisors. Mr. Steeb is a resident of San Luis Obispo, CA, holds a BSEE from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Tom Stepien, MME, CEO, Primus Power

Tom Stepien is CEO of Primus Power, a leader in grid-scale electrical energy storage. He helped launch Primus Power in 2009 and has raised over $80 million from venture capital sources, strategic investors and government grants. He has over 30 years of engineering, operations and general management experience at small and large companies. Prior to joining Primus, Tom was a Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductor, solar and flat panel display equipment and services. He had P&L responsibility for a $500M business unit with complex set of systems, global customers, manufacturing and support. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Anitha Subburaj, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics, West Texas A&M University

Anitha Subburaj is an Assistant Professor at West Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2014 from Texas Tech University, where she worked as a Research Scientist on the project, “Advanced Battery Modeling and Evaluation”. She received her ME degree from Anna University, India in 2007. She held a position as Assistant Professor, at Kumaraguru College of Technology, India for three years. Her areas of research interests are renewable energy, control systems, battery energy storage system, and battery connected to grid applications. She has published several technical papers. She has also been an active participant of 2012 and 2014 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshops.

William Torre, MSEE, Program Director, Center for Energy Research, University of California, San Diego

William Torre serves as University of California, San Diego Program Director of Energy Storage and Systems with oversight of power system research, development and testing of advanced energy storage systems, and integration of renewable energy systems. In November 2011, he retired from San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) after 30 years, and his last assignments from 2010-2012 were as SDG&E’s Manager of Research and Development, Manager of Technology Innovation and Development group in Transmission & Distribution Engineering division where he led the installation of several energy storage projects as part of the SDG&E smart grid program. From 2008-2010 held the position of Chief Engineer at SDG&E, and provided Engineering oversight and coordination for all engineering. Relevant to the value streams from distributed generation associated with the T&D issues from the decommissioning of SONGS, he served from 1996 to 2008 as SDG&E’s Manager of Transmission Engineering & Design where he managed 27 engineers and designers for engineering all overhead and underground transmission lines for the SDG&E’s service territory. From January 1981-June 1988, Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, initiated the successful power engineering program at SDSU.

Lynn Trahey, Ph.D., Research Integration Officer, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research & Research Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Lynn Trahey is a materials scientist in the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) Energy Innovation Hub where she leads scientific integration efforts. A staff scientist at Argonne National Laboratory since 2010, her research focuses on electrodeposition, anodization, and operando characterization of materials and interfaces for advanced secondary batteries. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, where she studied the fabrication and device application of nanostructured thermoelectric materials under the NASA Graduate Student Research Program. She received the 2012 Northwestern University - Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research for her work on artificial solid electrolyte interphases for lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Trahey is also passionate about conducting and improving a new paradigm for team science.

Wei Wang, Ph.D., Scientist, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Wei Wang is a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he is currently the technical lead on the research and development of redox flow battery technology. He has pioneered the development of several new redox flow battery technologies with multiple successful commercialization cases, for which he has been awarded an R&D 100 Award, two FLC Awards and 2012 PNNL Ronald L. Brodzinski Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement. Dr. Wang has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters. He also holds four patents with multiple patent applications. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.

Mick Wasco, PE, CEM, Installation Energy Manager, Installation & Logistics, Engineering Branch, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, United States Marine Corps

Mick Wasco is the Installation Energy Manager at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. He is responsible for the installation’s energy and water efficiency, renewable, security, and behavior programs. Altogether, he ensures that MCAS Miramar achieves the energy and water requirements mandated by Congress and the President. At MCAS Miramar, the assets managed include over 1.5 MW of distributed PV systems, a 3.2 MW PPA for landfill power, central HVAC control system, advanced metering, a base-wide reclaimed water utility network, and smart irrigation controllers. The program has amounted to over $30M in projects over the last 3 years, and operates at an annual utility budget of $13M per year. Mick has a BS in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and is a licensed as a Professional Engineer in California for Civil.



Greg Albright, Director, All Cell Technologies

Greg Albright has worked at AllCell Technologies since 2007 in sales and technical roles. During that time period, he has worked on programs in the automotive, stationary, recreational vehicle, and aerospace industries. His current position focuses on the identification of new markets for AllCell and working with customers and internal teams to develop products for those markets. At AllCell, Greg has presented at numerous conferences, been published in technical and commercial publications, and worked on multiple patent applications.He received undergraduate and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a focus on Renewable Energy. While pursuing his degrees, he had internships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Thorsten Grün, Research Scientist, Competence-E, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Thorsten Grün is a research scientist at Compentence E – the renewable energy platform of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He received his Diplom-Ingenieur degree ( M.Sc. equivalent) in Power Systems Technology from Clausthal University of Technology in March 2014. During his studies he developed a strong interest in photovoltaics and lithium-ion battery systems including photoelectrolysis and fast charging methods. His previous work at the solar power plant constructor BELECTRIC GmbH included algorithm design to optimize the costs for thermal and electrical power supply by hybrid power plants. His current research focuses at mathematical modelling of battery and photovoltaic systems and the development of State of Charge-and State of Health estimation algorithms for Battery Management Systems. Additionally he analyzes the influence of the circuitry on the performance and aging mechanisms in parallel-connected lithium-ion battery systems.

Elliot Hinds, J.D., Partner, Energy, Crowell & Moring LLP

For 20 years Elliot Hinds has worked extensively on the development and financing of products and projects in the electric power and broader energy, infrastructure and sustainability industries. Elliot counsels project developers, technology companies, manufacturers and investors in strategic transactions to commercialize, finance and sell their businesses. He has received a number of honors, including the Daily Journal’s Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California, and is a frequent speaker and writer on energy storage and renewable energy topics. He earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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) that will defend in May. 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.

Stefan Meir, Ph.D., VARTA Storage

Dr. Meir studied physics at the University of Augsburg in Germany with organic electronics and thin films as his special topics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Augsburg in 2012. His research interest is on renewable energies in general with special focus on thermoelectronic energy conversion and – since he joined VARTA Storage in Feb. 2014 – large-scale lithium-ion battery systems. Dr. Meir is a Senior Scientist working within the research project EEBatt and developing VARTA Storage's upcoming commercial battery system.

Hrvoje Pandzic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Power & Energy Systems, University of Zagreb

Hrvoje Pandžić received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2011. After being appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, Seattle, he became an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb in 2014. His research interests cover integration of renewable energy sources, energy markets, power system planning and analysis, as well as smart grid and electric vehicles. He published 45 papers in high-impact journals and peer-reviewed conferences. He is the recipient of the prestigious award Science by the Croatian Government for 2014, as well as many other awards. As a result of an ongoing collaboration with industry partners, he has co-authored over 120 technical reports. These include connection of renewable energy sources, conventional power plants and large customers to distribution and transmission networks, power plant maintenance scheduling, distribution network planning, induced voltage measurements on transmission power lines, various testings of earthing systems, relay protection setup, and more.

Greg Tremelling, Senior Manager, Electrical Engineer, NEC Corporation

Mr. Tremelling has over fifteen years of experience delivering successful products, and managing successful engineering teams. Mr. Tremelling graduated with a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with distinction after completing projects in both Switzerland and Maryland (NASA). While at American Power Conversation he worked with the SmartUPS product family releasing new products and designing new UPS architectures. After leaving 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 went to production, he transitioned within the company to start and manage the Platform Engineering team, and then moved on the start and manage the Smart Grid Integration team. Currently he is a Senior Manager of Electrical Design Engineering which also includes the Test Engineering team at NEC Energy Solutions.


Haleh Ardebili, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

Dr. Haleh Ardebili is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Houston. She earned her BS Honors degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University at University Park, MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park. She has three years of experience at General Electric R&D in Niskayuna, New York. She also has one year of postdoctoral experience at Rice University in Prof. Ajayan’s group. Dr. Ardebili’s research is mainly focused on materials for energy storage and electronics. She is a recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Texas Space Grant Consortium-New Investigator Award, and GE Invention Fulcrum of Progress Award. She is a co-author of a book titled Encapsulation Technologies for Electronic Applications published by Elsevier in 2009. She has several journal publications and patents in the field of energy storage and electronic materials.

Jaephil Cho, Ph.D., Professor & Director, School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

Jaephil Cho is a Professor and a head of the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST (Korea). After receiving his Ph.D. degree of Ceramic Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames (USA) in 1995 he was a postdoctoral research associate of the department of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1996. Currently, he is a director of the Green Energy Materials Development Center and Samsung SDI- UNIST Future Batteries Research Center. He was the winner of the 27th Inchon Prize (2013) in the category of science, which is one of the top honors given in South Korea. His current research is focused mainly on Li-ion, Zn-air batteries and redox flow batteries for energy storage.

Zhaoyang Fan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University

Dr. Zhaoyang Fan is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees from Tsinghua University of China and Ph.D. from Northwestern University of the U.S. His research concerns synthesis and property study of nanomaterials and semiconductors, and their applications for photonics, energy conversion and storage, with current interest particularly in carbon and oxides based nanostructures for Li-ion and Li-S batteries. He has published around 80 peer-reviewed papers in these fields and holds more than 10 U.S. patents and patents-in-pending.

Abhinav Gaikwad, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Abhinav Gaikwad is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of California, Berkeley in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from City College of New York (CUNY). During his Ph.D. he reported on a few of the early demonstrations of flexible, stretchable and high-voltage printed alkaline batteries. His current research interest includes understanding the effect of mechanical flexing of the electrochemical performance of lithium-ion batteries and integration of electrochemical power sources with wearable health sensors and IOTs.

R.K. Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Pittsburg State University

Dr. Gupta joined Pittsburg State University in the spring of 2013. Before joining Pittsburg State University, he worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO then as a Senior Research Scientist at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. Dr. Gupta is serving as an Associate Editor and reviewer for several leading science journals. His research focus is in green energy production and storage using nanomaterials, optoelectronics and photovoltaics devices, organic-inorganic hetero-junctions for sensors, nanomagnetism, conducting polymers and composites as well as bio-based polymers, bio-compatible nanofibers for tissue regeneration, scaffold and antibacterial applications and bio-degradable metallic implants. Dr. Gupta has published over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been an invited speaker for several conferences including international conferences. He has received a number of research grants (over one million dollars) form federal and state agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), NSF-Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Department of Energy (DoE), Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE), State of Kansas Polymer Chemistry Initiative, etc.

Moon-Seok Kwon, MSc, Principal Researcher, Energy Lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung Electronics

Moon-Seok Kwon is a Principal Researcher at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Ph.D. candidate in Energy Science from Sungkyunkwan University. He proposed a new concept of flexible battery which enables realizing high battery capacity for practical application, then performed the research to make a real working sample of the flexible battery which has bending durability. Prior to the research, he conducted researches related with rollable battery, printed battery and thin flexible battery. Central to his efforts is developing new functional electrochemical devices with new structure and material. He is currently focusing on practical lithium-ion batteries.

Yunfeng Lu, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

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Reza Rizvi, Ph.D., Research Associate, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

Reza Rizvi is a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Fellow at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles researching processing of flexible graphene-based energy devices. Previously he held the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly (TVN) fellowship at the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto in flexible pressure sensing systems. His research interests are in new applications of graphene and polymer composites and structures, smart materials and advanced manufacturing. His previous works include surface texturing of composite materials for tribology and hydrophobicity applications, developing flexible pressure sensing nanocomposites and fully bio-based green composites. He has also collaborated on various industrial projects in the automotive and electronics sectors. Reza is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Society of Plastic Engineers.

Joshua R. Windmiller, Ph.D., CTO and Founder, Biolinq, Inc.

Dr. Joshua Windmiller is an internationally recognized expert in printed biosensor technology. His Ph.D. research, funded by a Powell Foundation fellowship, focused on the development of printed biosensors, bioelectronics, and biofuel cells. He has published over 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and has eleven U.S. patents issued or pending. Dr. Windmiller, a Gordon Fellow, NIH SHIFT awardee, and two-time NIH Lab-to-Marketplace awardee is the recipient of the Printed Electronics USA 2010 Academic R&D award for his developments in textile-based printed bioelectronics. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory for NanoBioElectronics at UCSD in 2013, where he was supported by the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and led a commercialization grant sponsored by the DOE. For his successful product development activities leading to the commercialization of novel printed bioelectronic paradigms, he received the Printed Electronics USA 2014 Product Development award. He currently serves as the CTO of Biolinq, a startup that he co-founded devoted to the development of the novel biosensing modalities he has invented for application in the personal wellness and healthcare domains.



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.