Director of Engineering and Program Management, TREMEC®
Matthew Memmer is the Director of Engineering and Program Management at TREMEC. In this role, he is responsible for all global engineering and program management activities. Matthew joined TREMEC in 2016 as the Program Director for Dual Clutch Transmissions before moving to his current position in 2017. He previously spent 10 years at Eaton Corporation in various positions within the fuel emissions business and before that served in roles at Eaton, Cummins, Visteon Corporation, and Siemens VDO Automotive. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Andrea Casas Ocampo serves as a Sustainability Specialist for CIC energiGUNE. She is a professional with experience in sustainability strategies in different sectors, contributing to the identification of pivotal points and baselines. Andrea’s expertise lies in integrating life cycle assessment into processes and products, utilizing it as a pivotal decision-making tool, particularly within the dynamic landscape of the energy storage sector. She has participated in the development of Product Category Rules (PCR) across various sectors and has experience in the strategic application of sustainability certifications, such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), in different sectors. Andrea’s expertise extends beyond project management to include a thorough comprehension of the changing regulatory environment in Europe, particularly those pertaining to batteries.
Global Business Development Manager, TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH
Christian Theeck is an industrial engineer with focus on electrical engineering who serves as the Global Business Development Manager for New Energy Services at TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH where he has worked since 2013. He previously managed the TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH from 2015 to 2021. Since 2022, Christian has developed and scaled new services in the energy environment globally and is the global project leader of the EU Battery Regulation project groups.
Senior Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Sergiy Kalnaus is a Senior Staff Scientist within the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he has worked since 2009. His interests are in mechanics of materials and numerical simulations of mass and charge transport to improve battery performance and safety. Sergiy holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kharkiv Polytechnic University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada. He holds seven patents and was the recipient of the 2017 R&D100 award for the development of impact-resistant electrolyte. Sergiy co-authored the Handbook of Solid State Batteries.
Shay Ellafrits is a Research Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, where he leads the battery work on NASA’s Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration project. He began his career at NASA as a Pathways intern while he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University, and he is currently working on a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University. Shay has been involved in module-level battery design for electrified aircraft, identifying and testing additive manufacturing techniques for aerospace use, and development of crashworthiness standards for the transition to electrification of the aerospace sector.
Christian Löw is a Solution Manager within Keysight’s Automotive and Energy organization, where he focuses on battery pack and module test solutions and is responsible for the launch and market acceptance of new concepts. Prior to his portfolio management role, he was part of Keysight’s sales organization, taking care of automotive accounts in Germany and battery laboratory definitions across Europe. Christian holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ulm.
Martin Dumberger is an expert on sensors and measurement systems, who serves as Micro-Epsilon America’s Managing Director. With more than 30 years of experience in the sensor business, he manages the company’s measurement division for the western hemisphere. Martin is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, from where he and his team tackle complex and demanding measurement applications for almost any industry.
Principal Electrical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
Theodore Bohn is a Principal Electrical Engineer in the EV-Smart Grid Interoperability Center of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. In his role, he identifies and validates interoperability issues related to PEV charging systems. Theodore actively serves on SAE, IEEE, and EV charging standards committees including safety standards. His current area of focus is high-power (megawatt level), multi-port charging systems with integrated storage and active load management for DC distribution topologies. Theodore leads U.S. national working group for weights and measures related to commercial dispensing of electricity as a fuel. He bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves on the adjunct faculty, developing and delivering EV charging safety-related education and training materials.
Lead, Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration Services, Ford
Dave McCreadie has been with Ford for his entire career, working in a variety of roles across Product Development, Sustainability, Connected Vehicles, and EV Strategy and Business Development. For the last 12 years, he has led Ford’s strategy and delivery of Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration Services, which includes the OVGIP (Open Vehicle-Grid Integration Platform) collaboration and the forthcoming creation of ChargeScape, a joint venture with BMW and Honda that will aim to provide EV customers financial benefits through EV-enabled grid services, as well as reduce EV customers' personal carbon footprints while supporting grid resiliency.
Brian Engle is the Director of Business Development, Electrification, for Amphenol’s Advanced Sensors. In this role, he is responsible for a complete portfolio of battery and electrification sensor technologies, including robust early detection of battery thermal runaway, coolant breach detection, non-contact HV connection monitoring, and a variety of thermal sensing solutions, as well as development of new and emerging sensor technologies in the field. In addition, Brian helps lead research efforts in battery failure physics, including arcflash and VCE, as well as through technical advisory roles for GTR-20/R100, FPRF, NFPA research. He is the President of NAATBatt International, a leading global battery industry association comprised of more than 370 industry members, and serves as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “LiBridge” Initiative to accelerate adoption and deployment of EVs and battery technologies within the U.S.—including workforce development, partnering with international NGOs and governmental entities to prepare today’s workforce for this technology transition. As Chair of SAE’s Battery Standards Steering Committee, Brian supports the work of 30 SAE Standards Committees and 1,100 volunteer technical professionals, supporting approximately 70 separate published and draft battery related standards and publications. He also serves as chair of the SAE First & Second Responders Task Force, working to enhance the safety of new energy vehicles.
Dr. Kevin N. Wood is the Director of EBIx and an Electrochemistry Expert for Voltaiq. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of mechanical engineering at San Diego State University. Before joining Voltaiq, Kevin spent time as a Professor and CTO, managing dozens of government- and industry-sponsored Li-ion battery research projects. He has five patents in the energy storage space and more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles focused on electrochemical data analysis. Kevin’s technological advances in characterization and electrochemical analysis have been highlighted by multiple national news outlets. In 2018, his advances were awarded “Impact Paper of the Year” by Nature Publishing for Future Lithium-based Batteries. Kevin also gave a TEDx talk on “The Coming Battery Revolution.”
As Chief Battery Technology Officer at Lyten, Celina Mikolajczak leads the battery engineering team in commercializing and manufacturing the first North American-based, lithium-sulfur cell technology at scale. Having been a battery technology executive at some of the top companies in the industry, such as Tesla, Panasonic, Uber, and Quantumscape, Celina has unparalleled experience and knowledge in the highly sophisticated areas of material engineering, cell engineering, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing operations, supply chain, and battery regulatory strategy that work in concert to deliver commercially viable, high-quality, and qualified battery architectures for the automotive, aerospace, micromobility, and consumer electronics sectors. Developing a fully US-based battery supply chain has been a passion of Celina’s for years as she recognizes the opportunity to accelerate the dimensions of sustainability, safety, and the re-shoring of critical North American cell manufacturing jobs at a time of significant geopolitical and supply chain risk. As an expert in the field of new battery technology, Celina has contributed to dozens of papers and delivered numerous speeches in the automotive, battery, and clean tech industries. She essentially wrote the book on battery safety (Lithium-ion Batteries Hazard and Use Assessment). She is currently a member of multiple advisory boards in the battery field and is the Manufacturing & Infrastructure Committee Chair at the Li-Bridge Initiative. For her accomplishments, determination, and vision, Celina has become a renowned international business leader, influencer, and role model, especially for women in engineering. She was most recently named to Business Insider’s 2022 Top 100 People Transforming Business list and was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of its Women of Influence for 2022. In 2020, she also was named to Automotive News’s 100 Leading Women in North America. Celina holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.
Senior Staff Scientist and Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Erik G. Herbert is a Senior Staff Scientist and the Group Leader of Mechanical Properties & Mechanics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His expertise lies in the systematic development of methodical, repeatable, verifiable, and hypothesis-driven experiments designed to fill critical knowledge gaps related to structure-property-processing relationships. Before joining ORNL, Erik held a tenured position as a Professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University. He also spent more than 10 years in industry with Nano Instruments, Inc. Erik holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Tennessee, where he studied under Drs. Warren C. Oliver and George M. Pharr, both international visionaries and pioneers in the field of small-scale mechanical behavior and nanoindentation.
Business Development Manager – eMobility, Energy Storage, and Automotive, Avery Dennison
Steve DeMaagd is a Business Development Manager for Avery Dennison Performance Tapes, with a focus on e-mobility, energy storage, and automotive applications. Steve works with companies across the automotive value chain to generate and execute opportunities featuring PSA tapes.
Market Manager – Energy Storage and Automotive, Avery Dennison
Scott Krusinski is a Market Manager for Avery Dennison Performance Tapes, with a focus on energy storage and automotive applications. In this role, Scott manages the products and growth strategy for the company's automotive, energy, and transportation segment portfolios including electric vehicle battery applications. He brings eight years of automotive pressure-sensitive tape experience, having previously served as an application engineer, business development manager, and product manager.