Prior to joining the Jacobs School faculty, Professor Ping Liu has been a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) since 2012, where he initiated and managed research programs in energy storage for electric vehicles and thermal management technologies to improve building energy efficiency. He was the manager of the Energy Technology Department at HRL Laboratories and was a research staff member with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Fudan University in China 1995. He was a Distinguished Inventor in multiple years at HRL and won an R&D 100 award in 2009 for a battery technology developed at NREL. Liu has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and has been issued 36 US patents in the broad areas of batteries, fuel cells, sensors and actuators.
Prof. Cairns received his education in chemistry and chemical engineering at the Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan (BS), and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD). He has conducted research and held management positions at the General Electric Research Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, General Motors Research Laboratories, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Associate Lab Director and Director, Energy & Environment Div.) He currently serves as Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Professor of the Graduate School in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Cairns has contributed more than 300 publications and 25 patents in the areas of electrochemical kinetics, batteries, fuel cells, molten salts, liquid metals, thermodynamics, surface chemistry, catalysis, transport phenomena. Dr. Cairns co-authored with Dr. H.A. Liebhafsky (Texas A&M) a book entitled "Fuel Cells and Fuel Batteries". He has received a number of awards for his research contributions, and has served as president of The Electrochemical Society, and president of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He has also served as an editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Electrochimica Acta, and is a member of the advisory board for several journals and book series. He has organized and chaired a number of national and international meetings and symposia on electrochemistry, energy conversion, and related topics. He has served on many National Academy of Sciences committees, as consultant to a number of national and international corporations, and Expert Witness in several patent infringement trials. His current research includes lithium/sulfur cells, lithium ion cells, and electrocatalysts for fuel cells.
Ramesh Singh is a serial entrepreneur and a 35 year veteran of the high-tech industry. He is the Chief Operating Officer for Agylstor, a company he co-founded. Prior to co-founding Agylstor, Mr. Singh founded Nethra (acquired by Imagination Technologies) and MediaQ (acquired by NVIDIA). He also held executive and management positions at S3, Chips & Technologies and Rockwell.
Camillo Martino serves as a board member and executive advisor to technology companies, and has been a chief executive officer and C-suite executive of a number of high technology companies. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Cypress Semiconductor (CY), MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (MX) and Sensera Limited (SE1) , MosChip Semiconductor, Agylstor, VVDN Technologies, CyberForza and SAI Technology.