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EMA 2012 Plenary Speakers


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Dr. Tony Gozdz, Principal Scientist, A123 Systems
Title: “Advances in Li-ion Technology for Automotive and Grid Application”


Biography: Since joining A123 Systems in 2002, Gozdz has been responsible for a wide variety of R&D programs in new energy storage materials and manufacturing techniques for high-power, long-life Li-ion batteries for grid storage and transportation applications. Previously, he was the Chief Scientist at Bellcore/Telcordia Applied Research Laboratory where he was engaged in research on microelectronics materials and process for optical communications and, since 1993, in energy storage materials for Li-ion batteries. He is a recipient of an R&D 100 Award, Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in Energy Innovation and was a 2002 Inventor of the Year and an inductee of New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. Gozdz has coauthored over 70 scientific papers, holds 36 US issued patents and 24 published patent applications. He holds PhD and MS degrees in polymer chemistry from Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland.



Dr. Harriet Kung

Dr. Harriet Kung, Associate Director of Science for Basic Energy Sciences, DOE
Title: “Science to Energy”


Biography: Kung has served as the Associate Director of Science for Basic Energy Sciences (BES) since 2008 and has worked for the Department of Energy since 2002. Under her leadership, BES has pursued new funding modalities in advancing the science for the energy research agenda, including the establishment of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers and the Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub. In 2010, BES also successfully completed the world’s first x-ray free electron laser user facility-the Linac Coherent Light Source.



Dr. John T. Prater

Dr. John T. Prater, Materials Science Division, U.S. Army Research Office
Title: “Future Opportunities in Materials Design”


Biography: Since joining ARO in 1978, Prater has been a program manager in the Materials Sciences Division at the Army Research Office where he was responsible for overseeing the research portfolio under the Physical Properties of Materials Subfield and most recently under the Materials by Design Subfield. He was the head of the Materials Sciences Division at the ARO from 1998-2004. He has been an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University since 1989 where he has been conducting research on wide band-gap semiconductors. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Dr. Prater has over 70 journal publications.





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