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      February 12, 2019

      Tuesday   4:00 PM

      5000 Forbes Avenue
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

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      Lessons Learned from Industrial R&D on Materials Innovations in Energy

      Please join Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation for a seminar by QuantumScape Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Tim Holme who will deliver a presentation titled, "Lessons Learned from Industrial R&D on Materials Innovations in Energy." Abstract This talk will present reflections of a scientist on industrial research and founding a company in a hard-tech field in Silicon Valley. A larger fraction of STEM students in post-graduate programs continue their careers in industry than in academia. At the same time, the different focus of academic and industrial research leaves the typical early-career practitioner with several knowledge gaps. In our education, we are taught quantitative skills like how to integrate complex functions in several dimensions, but we are often not taught how to quantify inputs or outputs to judgement and decision-making.  The latter skills are at least as valuable, particularly as you take leadership positions. This talk will weave together several themes from rationalism, entrepreneurship, and process engineering that are meant to leave an academic better-prepared for a career in industry – and maybe even in academia. Biography Tim Holme studied at Stanford University for his BS in Physics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering with Professor Fritz Prinz (formerly of CMU). After winning an early award from ARPA-E to study innovative concepts in energy storage, he founded the company QuantumScape in 2010. Since then, he has served as the CTO and is happy to have worked with a very strong team dedicated to the mission of making batteries cheap enough to enable a long-range, high performance, mass market electric vehicle. Directions The Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall is located on the west side of Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus between Hamerschlag Hall and the FMS building, and adjacent to the west wall of Wean Hall. Scott Hall is accessible from entrances in Wean Hall, on Hamerschlag Plaza, and on Hamerschlag Drive. See map. View this webpage for more details on the location of Scott Hall. Upcoming Events 2/19: New NETL Director Brian Anderson on His Role and The Future of The DOE Lab 2/26: Cleantech Open Northeast Director Beth Zonis on Innovation and Cleantech 3/25-3/28: CMU Energy Week 2019

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