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IFP Energies Nouvelles

Sara Abada, PhD, Research Engineer, Modeling of Electrochemical Storage Systems, IFP Energies Nouvelles

Sara is a senior researcher in the field of Battery Safety. She is investigating how safe different generations of batteries are, and how to predict and simulate their behavior under different abuse scenario. In collaboration with Siemens, she contributes to the electrical storage library development available on Simcenter Amesim TM Siemens PLM software . Previously, Sara studied the impact of calendar aging on thermal runaway phenomena through a combined experimental and modeling approach. Currently, she is supervising a PhD project on internal short-circuit in batteries. Sara is also WP leader in the European project Helena, in which the aim is to establish a simulation chain tool that will be in support for the development of Halide based all-solide-state batteries.

Battery Perspectives

Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives

Dr. Brian Barnett founded Battery Perspectives, LLC which provides consulting services related to battery technology and battery safety. Dr. Barnett has extensive experience in assessment, development and commercialization of battery technology. He is recognized as both a technical and industry expert related to batteries and an expert in battery safety and has directed a series of successful lab-based, highly multidisciplinary battery technology development programs that resulted in technology licensing or sale.

Natl Transportation Safety Board NTSB

Thomas Barth, PhD, Senior Accident Investigator & Biomechanics Engineer, Office of Highway Safety, National Transportation Safety Board

Dr. Barth is an investigator and biomechanics engineer at the National Transportation Safety Board. He has a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Applied Science from Cranfield University. He worked in private industry for 20 years on crash safety and regulatory compliance for a variety of vehicles including military, highway, and aircraft. His ten years at the NTSB has focused on crash survivability, emergency response, and emerging technology.

Sandia National Laboratories

Alex Bates, PhD, Energy Storage Safety & Reliability, Sandia National Laboratories

Alex Bates is a mechanical engineer by training with a background in fuel cell and flow battery research. As a part of the Energy Storage team at Sandia National Laboratories, he is currently focused on solid-state and advanced Li-ion battery safety and reliability. This research seeks to understand battery failure pathways, severity, and associated risks with the aim of failure prediction, mitigation, and/or elimination. Alex’s skill set includes battery fabrication, electrochemical and materials characterization, calorimetry, abuse testing, and modeling.

Volvo Energy

Jeremy Bedine, Product Head, Volvo Energy

Jeremy Bedine is Head of Product, North America for Volvo Energy. He is responsible for Volvo Energy’s Energy Storage product strategy for North America. Jeremy has more than 15 years of experience leading energy strategy and product operations, including energy storage, in the commercial and industrial (C&I), as well as the utility sectors. Prior to joining Volvo, Jeremy led the Service Planning and Contracts Management team at Tesla. His team devised the roadmap for the Energy Storage service offering and led service planning for all projects during the design and engineering phases. He was responsible for negotiating the Long Term Service Agreements with utilities, and he supported the service organization to ensure contract compliance across Tesla’s entire commercial project portfolio. He has worked extensively with utilities and power producers (IPPs) in project development for large scale renewables, and supported the Department of Defense in establishing the US Army Office of Energy Initiatives. Jeremy earned his BA in Economics from Brown University and an MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University. Jeremy has 3 children, and he splits his time between Greensboro, NC and Baltimore, MD.

Li Cycle Corp

Richard 'Bo' Bodo, Senior Director, Training & Development, LiCycle

Richard “Bo” Bodo is the Senior Director of Learning & Development for Li-Cycle. Bo has over two decades of experience, creating and facilitating training for adult learners. An avid contributor to industry knowledge, Bo enjoys sharing what he has learned through speaking at conferences, writing, and creating videos. A lifelong learner, Bo holds a Master of Instructional System Design designation from the Association for Talent Development, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instructional Design. Bo can be reached at bo.bodo@li-cycle.com


Vidyu Challa, PhD, Reliability Manager, ANSYS, Inc.

Vidyu Challa brings 20 years of industry experience with 10 years in the battery space. She has been involved in different levels of the battery supply chain including cell manufacturing, testing, root cause analysis, safety and battery risk mitigation. She has broad based expertise that includes engineering technology start-up experience, consulting, product development, R & D, and various roles in marketing and business development. Dr. Challa has led battery training courses at major conferences and for leading companies in consumer, medical, and automotive verticals. She has consulted for leading companies on Battery quality and safety and has developed battery qualification programs. Dr. Challa obtained a PhD from the University of Maryland, where her work was focused on electronics reliability.

General Motors Co

Benjamin Christian, Tech Specialist, Battery Development, General Motors Co.

I'm the Battery Development Technical Specialist for GM, which includes cells, shock & vibe, battery state estimation, safety & abuse, system integration, and regulatory testing. Professional affiliations include USCAR, USABC, and SAE.

Element Materials Technology

John Copeland, Principal Engineer-Battery Testing, Element Materials Technology

John C. Copeland is a Principal Battery Testing Engineer for Element Materials Technologies. His career has included various positions in quality engineering, reliability engineering, failure analysis, project management, supplier assessment, and quality management in the electronics and portable energy sectors. Most recently, John was Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer for Energy Assurance LLC, an independent cell and battery testing laboratory, which was acquired by Element Materials Technology in April 2022. John holds a BSEE from Auburn University, MSQA from Southern Polytechnic State University, and is trained as a Six-Sigma Black Belt. He can be reached at john.copeland@element.com.

NASA Johnson Space Ctr

Eric Darcy, PhD, Battery Technical Discipline Lead, Power Systems, NASA Johnson Space Center

Eric C. Darcy, PhD, has spent his 35-year career at NASA in the areas of battery design, verification, and safety assessments for the rigors of manned spacecraft applications. As Battery Technical Discipline Lead at NASA-JSC, his main objective has been the development of safe, while high-performing, battery systems with a deep focus on understanding, preventing, and mitigating latent defects that could lead to catastrophic cell internal short circuits.

Colorado Springs Fire Dept

Jimmy DeChant, HazMat Specialist, Colorado Springs Fire Department

Jimmy has served the community of Colorado Springs as a member of the Fire Department assigned to the Hazardous Materials company, and the regional Lithium-ion battery task force. As a leader of the task force, he has helped to prepare and provide awareness to the public, including emergency responders, on how to handle, mitigate, and package battery devices in emergency operations. The task force brings together stakeholders from multiple areas of our community including the Fire Marshalls office, code enforcement, fire operations, fire training division, and other regional partners to develop robust awareness and education on this topic. Over his 20-year career in the fire service he has seen countless changes and operational shifts. However, nothing has been as pivotal to the change in operations as the injection of lithium-ion powered devices in our everyday world. These devices have changed the face of firefighting and the conversation around how to move forward in this ever-changing industry. Jimmy’s unique experience in the private and public sector includes Firefighter, Paramedic, Health Safety & Risk Manager, and FEMA HazMat Specialist. These roles have given him a unique competencies and an informed perspective on the challenges facing first responders regarding the management of lithium-ion battery incidents. There is a tremendous amount of research to digest regarding this topic. The identification of current best practices that will apply to the whole of the fire and emergency services is his driving desire to keep responders and the public safe. Depending on the devices involved in the incident management, packaging and mitigation will have drastically different operations many of which require equipment that comes with great financial obligation. Jimmy believes that the focus needs to be on supporting and providing guidance for all first responders. A vast majority of responders will not have the financial means to purchase specialty equipment to manage these incidents. Thus, education for responders and operational guidelines must support all agencies as these events are not geographically limited to those with robust mitigation capabilities. A collaborative approach, focusing on data driven research to identify resources, operational guidelines, and the development of future safety devices for responders is the goal. This requires the assistance from researchers, engineers, and manufacturers of lithium-ion powered devices. Ultimately, collaboration leads to reduced risk for first responders and a safer community for the people they serve.

Universite de Montreal

Mickael Dolle, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Universite de Montreal

Mickael Dolle is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Universite de Montreal. He earned his Ph.D. from Universite Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens - France) in 2002. Prior to joining Universite de Montreal in 2014, he was a CNRS researcher in France after being postdoctoral fellows at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Max Planck Institute of Stuttgart. He is the recipient of the American Ceramic Society Global Star Award. His research focuses on materials chemistry, energy storage, and manufacturing. His ongoing projects focus on solid state batteries (ceramic and polymer), dry electrode processing and battery recycling.

TexPower EV Technologies

Evan M. Erickson, PhD, Founder & CEO, Administration, TexPower EV Technologies

Dr. Evan M. Erickson has over 15 years of electrochemical energy research experience with cathodes, and 30 publications/patents on topics, ranging from fuel cells to lithium-ion batteries. He is one of the co-founders of TexPower EV Technologies, Inc. with Prof. Arumugam Manthiram. (See Nobel chemistry lecture, 2019) TexPower is a leading US cathode material manufacturer for premium, high-energy markets. As the CEO of TexPower, Dr. Erickson led TexPower’s growth, from founding, to pilot production, and now to full-scale manufacturing.


Christiane Essl, Researcher, Battery Safety, VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

Christiane Essl is working as a lead researcher at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE in Austria on Battery Safety with the focus on vent gas analysis and early failure detection. In April 2021 she finished her Ph.D. work with the focus on the analysis and early detection of failing automotive lithium-ion batteries.

LG Energy Solution Vertech

Kevin Fok, Director of Compliance, LG Energy Solution Vertech, Inc.

Kevin Fok is Director of Compliance and leads the company in the regulatory compliance strategy and requirements for grid energy storage system product architecture and design. He has extensive experience in renewable energy with roles in sales, business development, marketing, engineering, project management, and operations & maintenance spanning lithium-ion batteries, solar photovoltaics (PV), nickel-metal hydride batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage. He is a co-inventor of 13 U.S. patents. He has been a presenter, panelist, moderator, and session chair at over 100 conferences and events. He has presented tutorials, developed alternative energy curricula for universities, developed content for a first responder course, served on conference educational committees, and reviewed abstracts for major conferences. He is an engineering alumni board member at the University of Michigan and also regularly participates in its engineering research symposium as an abstracts reviewer and judge. He is involved with industry organizations and serves on technical committees for energy storage safety, battery recycling, and battery second use. He has served on project advisory panels for energy storage safety, firefighter safety, and sprinkler protection. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and a Michigan Ross Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Exponent Inc

Troy Hayes, PhD, Principal Engineer, Materials & Corrosion Engineering, Exponent

Dr. Hayes has extensive experience solving complex technical problems in a variety of industries including consumer products, medical devices, vehicles, industrial equipment, and technology product development. He has conducted technology due diligence reviews of emerging technologies and intellectual property (IP) for clients such as investment firms, IP owners, and companies interested in purchasing IP or the associated products. Dr. Hayes routinely performs failure analysis investigations on a variety of consumer electronics as well as commercial and industrial products. He specializes in the mechanical behavior, degradation and failure of materials including metal, polymer, ceramic, and glasses. He has expertise in the areas of materials characterization, fatigue, fracture, and creep. He often works with companies addressing the technical aspects of consumer product recalls. Dr. Hayes works extensively on projects involving battery design, manufacturing, and failure analysis. In addition to performing root cause analyses of products involving battery failures, he has conducted more than 80 onsite engineering audits of battery cell and battery pack manufacturers. He assists clients by conducting design reviews of batteries and battery packs to evaluate the potential for safety issues or field failures. Dr. Hayes also helps many clients evaluate and choose vendors that have the capability to produce batteries with the quality and safety the client requires. In addition to battery technical audits, Dr. Hayes conducts engineering audits for processes such as consumer electronics assembly, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), chemical etching, injection molding, and metal casting and forming. The focus of such audits is to improve the quality, reliability, and safety of the products and minimize reject rates through a detailed evaluation of the equipment, processes, and quality control in the factory.

General Motors Corp

Ryan Hickey, Advanced Battery Thermal Engineer, Global Product Group, General Motors

Ryan Hickey is the Advanced Battery TRP Integration Engineer for High Voltage Battery Packs at General Motors. He has 5 years of experience in automotive product development, battery pack safety & abuse, and battery thermal runaway mitigation at General Motors. Ryan also spent time interning at Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls), NASA:JPL, The Aerospace Corporation, and MIT in the field of Lithium Ion product development since 2012 while pursuing his undergraduate and master's degree. Ryan works with cross functional teams to design battery systems like those found in GM’s Ultium Platform that underpins game changing EVs like the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac LYRIQ. Ryan earned a Bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee in mechanical engineering and a Master's from UW-Madison in Electrical Engineering focused on advanced battery systems.

KULR Technology

Peter J. Hughes, PhD, Director of Engineering, KULR Technology

Peter J. Hughes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Texas A&M University and is currently working on a M.S. in Space Architecture at the University of Houston. Peter is a full-time graduate Pathways Co-op at NASA Johnson Space Center where he primarily focuses on battery safety and thermal runaway characterization. Additionally, Hughes is developing techniques for thermal protection systems analysis. Over the last 2.5 years at JSC Peter has been involved in the design, development, and testing of the Small and Large Format Fractional Thermal Runaway Calorimeters (S-FTRC and L-FTRC) which provide high-fidelity data on the energy distributed by a cell undergoing thermal runaway. Recently, Peter has been working on developing techniques to incorporate FTRC data into assembly level models of Li-ion cells to aid in cell selection and system optimization for human space flight applications.

UL Research Institutes

Judith Jeevarajan, PhD, Vice President and Executive Director, Electrochemical Safety Research Institute, UL Research Institutes

Dr. Judy Jeevarajan is the Vice President and Executive Director for the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at UL Research Institutes (ULRI) with more than 25 years of experience in the area of battery safety research. She was inducted into UL’s Henry Merrill Society as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2016 and as a Corporate Fellow in 2020. Dr. Jeevarajan serves in the Technical Working Group for standards organizations such as UL, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and additionally serves as a member of the UN Informal working group that is working on the re-categorization of the hazards associated with lithium-based cells and batteries. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Jeevarajan worked for Lockheed Martin Space Operations at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, until 2003. In 2003, she started her work as a NASA civil servant where she was the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology. Dr. Jeevarajan represented the battery group on all NASA safety panels and was responsible for approving all batteries flown for human-rated space missions. Dr. Jeevarajan has several NASA awards to her credit with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center’s (NESC) Engineering Excellence Award and the Exceptional Service Award being noteworthy. She also won the Power Systems Award from AIAA in 2019 for her contributions to the safety of the human space flight and the ‘Woman Leader of the Year’ Award from the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) in 2020 for her active contribution in the area of energy storage safety. Dr. Jeevarajan is a published contributor on battery safety with more than 150 presentations at conferences and several journal publications. She has three book chapters to her credit. Dr. Jeevarajan earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (1995) and holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (1991).

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Jay Kadiwala, Electrical Engineer, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Since 2016, Jay Kadiwala has been testing lithium-ion battery powered self-balancing scooters, e-Bikes, and other e-mobility devices for evaluation for electrical system safety, primarily for fire hazard analysis. His previous standards development organization experience and legal background provide additional context for completed safety analysis, both for consequences and safety standards improvements. Jay comes to the 13th Annual Battery Safety Summit to share recent CPSC work in the area of e-mobility, micromobility, and lithium-ion battery safety.

Kevin Kong, PhD, Senior Applications Engineer, ANSYS, Inc.

With more than 8 years of experience in computational mechanics, Kevin Kong joined ANSYS as an Application Engineer after obtaining his PhD in Applied Biomechanics from the University of Virginia. His PhD work was focused on computational modeling of human soft tissues for automotive safety application. His current work involves multi-physics simulations where he provides technical support to ANSYS’s customers with LS-DYNA related challenges in the automotive, consumer electronics and biomedical industry. He has recently been focused on building multi-physics battery abuse models.


Ashok Lahiri, CTO, Technical Advisor & Co-Founder, ENOVIX Corp.

Ashok Lahiri has served as Enovix’s Chief Technology Officer since June 2007. From January 2003 to April 2007, he served as Senior Director, Process Development at FormFactor, Inc. From 1983 to 2002, he served as Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, an information technology company. Mr. Lahiri received a B.S. with high honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 79 patents and/or patent applications in battery technology, 3D architecture, electrochemistry, and precision machining.

Cadenza Innovation Inc

Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and CEO, Cadenza Innovation

Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud is renowned for developing and commercializing lithium-ion batteries for the portable electronics, electric vehicle, commercial and industrial, and utility markets. She is the Founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation, a startup whose UL-listed ‘supercell’ architecture enables a new generation of safer, lower-cost, higher-performing batteries. Previously, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud was Founder, CEO and International Chairman of Boston-Power. She grew the battery startup into a global organization with $360+ million in funding, Beijing and Boston technology centers, and multiple Asia-based manufacturing locations. Earlier, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud held executive positions with Bridgewater Associates and Arthur D. Little, where she led the world’s largest non-captive battery lab. Dr. Lampe-Onnerud is the only two-time World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and recently chaired WEF’s Global Future Council on Energy Technologies. A member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, she holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University and conducted post-doctoral work at MIT.


Sophie Lee, Senior Associate Consultant, Exponent

Dr. Sophie Lee is a Senior Associate at Exponent, where they consult on a wide range of products related to electrochemistry and energy storage technologies, with a focus on quality, performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Lee completed a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University with research focused on interfacial phenomena in Sodium and Lithium-Ion batteries, and worked as a research engineer developing flow batteries for grid scale energy storage applications.

Harvard Univ

Xin Li, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Prof. Xin Li's laboratory at School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University focuses on the design of advanced energy storage materials and systems. For the solid-state battery project, the group uses thermodynamic calculations, ab initio simulations and machine learning approaches to guide the material synthesis, battery device design, and electrochemical test, for the breakthrough in battery performances. The group's research is currently supported by a few industrial leaders in batteries for mobile device applications.

RWTH Aachen University

Weihan Li, Young Research Group Leader, RWTH Aachen University

Weihan Li is leading a young research group at RWTH Aachen University, where he received the Dr.-Ing degree with the highest praise, summa cum laude, in 2021. During 2018 - 2021, he was team leader, project leader, and research associate at RWTH Aachen University. During 2016 - 2017, he was a research assistant at Active Adaptive Control Lab and Sloan Automotive Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his MS and BS in automotive engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Tongji University. He was with the Volkswagen AG, Porsche Engineering GmbH, and SAIC Volkswagen, in various electrical and mechanical engineering roles. He is involved in the development of digital twin for batteries with physics-based modeling and machine learning. His current research interests include model-based battery analytics and monitoring, machine learning for aging estimation and lifetime prediction, battery fault identification with big data analysis, and reinforcement learning for fast charging and energy management.

SUNY Binghamton

Hao Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton

Dr. Hao Liu is an Assistant Professor at the Chemistry Department of Binghamton University. His research interests lie in understanding the function and failure of materials for rechargeable batteries. In his group, they employ a range of experimental techniques, such as X-ray scattering and synchrotron radiation, to study the chemical and physical processes that occur during the operation of batteries. The current focus of his group is on cathode materials for Na-ion and Ca-ion batteries.

Argonne Natl Lab

Anil Mane, PhD, Principal Materials Science Engineer, Applied Materials Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Anil is a Principal Material Science Engineer at applied materials division (AMD), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). 15+ years' R&D experience in thin film nanostructure materials growth especially via ALD/CVD, nanomaterial characterization & materials integration into nano-devices. Anile worked in semiconductor industries and has hand-on expertise with commercial high-volume production of CVD & ALD multi-station wafer processing tools and processes. 75+ peer-reviewed publications, 25+ patents, 4 R&D100 awards (known as the "Oscars of Innovation"). He completed the DOE Energy I-Corps Cohort 9 program. His current research interests include: (a) Research and development of next-generation technologically feasible nanostructure materials design, creation and engineering, especially by ALD/CVD techniques. (b) In-situ materials growth study focus on surface/interface chemistry, thorough materials and test devices characterizations and search for near-term emerging applications. (c) Applications: Li-ion batteries, 2D Materials, nanocomposites, functional coatings, MEMS devices, photodetectors, etc.

Intel Corporation

Naoki Matsumura, Principal Engineer, Intel Corp.

Naoki Matsumura is a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, responsible for battery algorithm development, new technology assessment, and sourcing for mobile devices and datacenter. Prior to that, Naoki held battery research/development roles at Panasonic. Naoki earned his MS in Energy Science from Kyoto University and holds many patents.

EC Power Group, Inc.

Brian McCarthy, PhD, CTO, EC Power

Brian leads R&D at EC Power to develope safer, longer-lasting, and cheaper batteries - all leveraging EC Power's patented thermal modulation technology which heats batteries up from the inside out, not outside in as is currently standard.

Kautex Textron GMBH

Gero Mimberg, Manager Thermal Systems, Kautex Textron GMBH

Dipl.-Ing. Gero Mimberg is a project lead in the thermal systems group at Kautex Textron, a global tier-1 supplier for plastic fuel tanks, clear vision systems (CVS), and other automotive systems. The thermal systems group at Kautex contributes thermal solutions to the Kautex development of novel HV battery housings out of thermoplastic composite materials for the era of electromobility. Gero studied in Germany and the US and holds a Diploma in mechanical engineering (Dipl.-Ing. equivalent to M.Sc.) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Afterward, he worked as a research engineer at the Institute for Automotive Engineering, pursuing his PhD on the utilization of a vehicle’s traction battery as thermal storage to reduce climate-related driving range variation and published several papers on the topics of battery system development, battery thermal management, and battery system testing.

Naomichi Miyairi, Product Engineer, Tech Marketing, Hioki USA

Staffordshire University

Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani, Associate Professor of Clean Energy Technologies, Department of Engineering, Staffordshire University

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Ijaz Mohsin, Batteries Calorimetry & Safety, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Scientist at Batteries - Calorimetry and Safety, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Mercedes Benz AG

Bjoern Mulder, Researcher, University of Stuttgart

Bjoern Sean Mulder is a doctoral candidate at the University of Stuttgart in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz AG. Mr. Mulder is conducting research in the field of Thermal Propagation, focussing both on the reproducibility of said process as well as lightning arcs occurring in batteries. He obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in the field of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with a semester spent at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Titan Advanced Energy Solutions

Srdjan Mutabdzija, Head Product Development UBMS, Titan Advanced Energy Solutions

Srdjan leads Titan’s product development efforts on ultrasound battery management system (UBMS). His passion for innovation and problem solving is the driving force behind using ultrasound technology to make battery systems safer, to enable circular economy and to make batteries footprint environmentally friendlier. His main areas of expertise are ESS and EV applications where his main focus is on how to improve existing BMS solutions to have better thermal runaway response and accurate SoH/SoC measurements.

Natl Renewable Energy Lab

Ahmad A. Pesaran, PhD, Chief Energy Storage Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA, Ahmad has been working at NREL on energy efficient technologies including electrified vehicles. Until 2017, Ahmad was the Manager of the Energy Storage Group researching science and engineering of high energy anodes and cathodes, battery thermal management, 3D electrochemical-thermal modeling, safety and thermal runaway modeling, battery second use, techno-economic analysis of batteries for EVs; he led the Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries for Department of Energy (DOE).Between 2016 and 2018 he was detailed at the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) as technical advisor to the Battery program supporting battery processing, extreme fast charging and recycling. He was the Administrator for the first Phase of the DOE Battery Recycling Prize.Currently, Ahmad is pursuing energy storage business development activities for NREL and supports VTO with battery processing, manufacturing, solid electrolyte, and low-cobalt cathode projects.

Hazmat Safety Consulting LLC

Bob Richard, PhD, President, Hazmat Safety Consulting, LLC

Bob started Hazmat Safety Consulting in 2017. Bob provides dangerous goods regulatory assistance to customers worldwide by drawing on his vast experience, knowledge of the hazardous materials regulations and extensive network of dangerous goods professionals worlwide. From 2010-2017 Bob served as the Vice President for Regulatory Compliance with Labelmaster Services Inc. In this role he assisted clients to comply with hazardous materials safety regulations, enhance corporate safety and implement efficiencies by applying strategies and regulatory exceptions to save resources and prevent supply chain disruptions. From 2006-2010, Bob served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), where he was responsible for directing approximately 150 hazardous materials transportation specialists and the day-to-day operation of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Program, including overseeing the regulatory development, technical review and classification, international standards, outreach, special permits and approvals and enforcement offices. In this position Bob was involved in the development of domestic and international regulations and gained not only an understanding of the regulations but the intent and meaning behind the words. Bob served as the Chairman of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods that has responsibility for publishing the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Bob also served as the chairman and vice chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel which has responsibility for developing and publishing the International Civil Aviation Regulations which govern the transport of dangerous goods by air. Bob was the Panel member nominated by the United States to the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for a number of years. He also led US delegations to the International Maritime Organization Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers Sub-Committee and coordinated with the US Coast Guard in developing technical proposals and responding to sea transport incidents involving hazardous materials. He played a major role in developing the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code into the revised format that exists today. Since leaving the government for private practice Bob draws on his vast experience to provide guidance and consulting services to clients ranging from major international corporations to small businesses. He has assisted numerous clients with bringing their operations into compliance. Bob has conducted compliance audits, assisted clients with classifying their hazardous materials, interpreted regulatory requirements, developed training programs and operations manuals and assisted clients with navigating the complexities of the domestic and international transport regulations. Typical services Bob provides to clients include: -Serving as an expert witness or technical advisor in civil and criminal cases; -Working with company staff to allow them to better understand regulatory issues, improve management oversight, hold suppliers more accountable and improve corporate safety; -Developing operations and policy manuals, standard operating procedures and job aides; -Providing technical expertise for classifying hazardous materials including compressed gases, reactive substances and corrosives. -Conducting compliance and safety audits and providing corrective action reports and recommendations; -Identifying opportunities to enhance efficiency and reduce cost such as using regulatory exceptions to lower shipping cost and reduce risk; -Providing compliance assistance (e.g. intermodal shipping strategies, hazard classification, regulations interpretation, etc.); -Penalty mitigation related to enforcement actions; -Acquiring special permits and approvals; -Providing training program development assistance and assessing employee competencies and function specific responsibilities. -Developing and supplying customized dangerous goods products specific to our client’s needs Bob is a member of several hazardous materials trade associations (e.g. Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC), Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA), Council on the Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA)). He is the Executive Director of the Medical Device Battery Transport Council (MDBTC). Bob has written numerous articles on the transport of hazardous materials that have been published in blogs, trade journals and newsletters worldwide. For more information refer to Bob’s Linked-In site at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hazmatgeek/ or the Hazmat Safety Consulting web page at: https://www.hazmatsafety.com/

Coventry Univ

Alexander Roberts, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute for Clean Growth and Future Mobility, Coventry University

Alexander Roberts is an Associate Professor within the Centre for Clean Growth and Future Mobility, Theme Lead for Energy Storage programmes and research at Coventry University and a Faraday Institution Industrial Fellow. He has over 15 years’ experience engaging in energy storage research, working from materials discovery through to device development and design, and characterization. Since joining Coventry University in 2019, he has established a Centre of Excellence for Cell Prototyping, enabling the development of pouch and cylindrical cells from powders through to final device. His research interests currently include the relationship between materials properties and processing and their effects on device performance, and the improvement of cell design for new application.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

William S. Schoonover, Staff Director, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, US Department of Transportation

William S. "Bill" Schoonover has served as the Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety, within the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration since 2016, serving as the senior career official for hazardous materials safety oversight in support of the safe transportation of more than 3.3 billion tons of regulated hazardous products, valued at more than $1.9 trillion, annually. He guides the management of the hazardous materials program’s $105 million budget, and the more than 230 people who work to promote safe transportation of hazardous materials. Previously, Bill served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations, leading PHMSA's comprehensive outreach and enforcement oversight program. Mr. Schoonover has over 40 years of experience in the transportation industry, and brings a wealth of experience having worked in several modes. Prior to joining PHMSA, Bill served with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for more than 20 years. He served in several progressive positions, from a field inspector, to the Staff Director of FRA's Hazardous Materials Division, within the Office of Railroad Safety, where he served as the chief advisor to the agency on railroad hazardous materials safety issues. He began his career in 1980 with the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Schoonover also served with the Coast Guard Reserve from his active duty departure until retiring from military service in 2003.

Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd.

Jagadish Singh, Analog Engineer, Intel Corp.

Jagadish is an experienced technologist specializing in Power Delivery, Energy Management, and Battery domains, catering to diverse client segments. He collaborates closely with customers to identify and address critical challenges encountered by end-users, with a strong focus on delivering innovative, practical, and effective solutions. Hailing from a tech background in mobiles, tablets, notebook PCs, and Graphics Cards, he projects a blend of hands-on expertise. He has led multiple novel designs from concept to productization, collaborating closely with top-tier OEMs and ODMs. When he's not igniting innovation, you can find him immersed in the captivating world of Sci-fi literature and thrilling Sci-fi films.

Daimler Truck AG

Thomas Soczka-Guth, Manager, Battery Technology, Daimler AG

1993 Diplom in Chemistry from Cologne University 1996 PhD in Chemistry from Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research/University Mainz 1996 Scientist for Hoechst AG/Axiva/Aventis in Frankfurt 2000 DaimlerChrysler, since then different positions in Fuel Cell and Battery R&D 2021 Senior Manger HV- Battery Cell And BMS

Sionic Energy

Gabriel Torres, Director of Product Management, Sionic Energy

Corvus Energy

Lars Ole Valoen, PhD, CTO, Corvus Energy

Lars Ole Valoen joined Corvus Energy as part of the acquisition and one of the founders of Grenland Energy in 2019. Lars Ole has a Master’s degree (1995) and a Doctoral degree (2000) from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in chemistry and electrochemistry. At Corvus, he is in charge of all technological development projects and research projects globally.

Cambridge EnerTech

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

Since 2014, Craig has served as Executive Director of Conferences for Cambridge Enertech, with primary responsibilities for scientific conference organization and program development within energy market sectors with conferences based in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Previously to joining CII, from its inception in 1998, Craig was the Founder and President of the Knowledge Foundation, a scientific conference and publishing company until it was acquired by CII in 2014. Additionally, Craig was a Director at IBC USA (now Informa), and has previous experience in conference development, publishing and techincal marketing.

Natl Renewable Energy Lab

Chuanbo Yang, PhD, Senior Engineer Energy Storage, Energy Conversion & Storage Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Chuanbo Yang is a Senior Energy Storage Engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research interests focus on Li-ion battery safety, battery pack life modeling, battery thermal management, and battery packaging technique. Prior to joining NREL in 2012, he worked in an electric vehicle company as a Battery Modeling Scientist.

Univ of Houston

Yan Yao, PhD, Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Houston

Dr. Yan Yao is Cullen Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Houston. He received Ph.D. from UCLA in 2008 in materials science and engineering. He was a senior scientist at Polyera Corporation and a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. In 2012, he joined the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017, and Full Professor in 2020. His recent interests include solid-state batteries, multivalent-ion batteries, and aqueous batteries. Yao is the author of 110 peer-reviewed articles and 10 U.S. patents. He is the recipient of Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award and Cullen College of Engineering Professorship.

Polypore International LP

John Zhang, PhD, CTO/CSO, Polypore International LP

John is recognized as the leading authority on lithium-ion battery safety and separators. He is a leader in establishing lithium-ion battery industry standards (P1625, P1725, and CTIA) through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has chaired and/or organized more than 60 international conferences and delivered more than 60 invited keynote or plenary speeches at various international conferences. John has published more than 110 patents, papers, and books, including the first ceramic coating separator patent (US 6, 432, 586) and some of the most cited papers (Chem. Reviews, 2004 and Li-ion safety papers 2006-now). Dr. Zhang received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai University. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrochemistry from Shandong University, and a Ph.D. in Material Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also completed additional Post Doctorate studies in Nuclear Interactions.

University of Oklahoma

Dong Zhang, PhD, Director, Energy Systems Controls Laboratory, University of Oklahoma

Dong Zhang received the B.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 2015, the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2015, and the M.S. and PhD degrees in systems and control engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. His research interests include dynamical system control, optimization, machine learning, energy storage, and advanced lithium-ion battery management systems.


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