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Academia & Internship Experience

September 2016 - December 2018

May 2015 - August 2015

June 2014 - August 2014

May 2013 - August 2013

May 2012 - December 2015

UW-Madison, WEMPEC Graduate Research Assistant

  • Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Research/Thesis Advisor: Professor Thomas M. Jahns

  • Investigation of new/improved battery parameters for enhanced Energy Management System performance (thesis funded by Johnson Controls / Clarios)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Assistant

  • Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering; Research Advisor: Professor Yet-Ming Chiang

  • Investigation of next generation material couple candidates targeting high energy density solutions, while reducing the cost per kilowatt-hour for the overall system

NASA:JPL / Caltech, Cell Design Intern

  • Optimized electrode mixing, coating, calendaring, and pouch cell building process for increased reproducibility and consistency, halving the overall cell Area Specific Impedance (ASI) with <5% deviation from cell-to-cell performance (prior process had 50% variation)

The Aerospace Corporation, Advanced Battery Technology Intern

  • Research on Lithium Oxygen battery chemistry focused on relationship between oxygen pressure and discharge capacity (Publication in the Journal of Power)

  • Design evaluation of anti-missile battery system for department of defense for safety of battery system

Johnson Controls (now Clarios), Advanced Battery Technology Intern

  • One full time summer and spent remaining school semesters as intern/co-op alongside undergraduate courses

  • Development of advanced cathode material for traditional Lithium-Ion chemistries such as NMC, NCA and Spinel blends

  • Development of advanced electrolytes for low temperature performance along with high temperature additives for stability and cycle life

  • Automation of processing & analysis of various Lithium-Ion test procedures resulting in >500 engineering hours saved annually (utilized Matlab GUIDE for tool processing and user interface)

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