Led by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), MIT continues to play an important role in advancing low-carbon energy technologies and our understanding of the underlying science—as well as helping to inform future energy policy. Strategic collaboration with its industry members, guided by sophisticated system-level modeling and analysis, has long been a hallmark of MITEI’s approach.
MIT’s Corporate Relations office and MITEI will jointly present a special energy webinar on April 13, featuring several leading researchers drawn from MIT faculty. As a follow-up to this webinar, there will be an interactive webinar on April 15 with a roundtable of MIT researchers and industry leaders, moderated by MITEI Director Robert Armstrong.
This event is for ILP Members and MITEI Members only. Please confirm your company's memberships here:
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Dr. CJ Guo joined the Office of Corporate Relations as a Senior Industrial Liaison Officer in July, 2015. CJ comes to OCR with 25 years of extensive global experience in technology innovations, portfolio management and business development in emerging and conventional energy sectors with leading multinational corporations in the US, China and Canada.
CJ is a leading expert in emerging energy technologies and energy system transitions. With Shell, he was the Emerging Technology Theme Leader in China/Beijing (2011 to 2015), worked extensively with the Chinese energy communities on the country's future energy landscape, and the Senior Technology Advisor in alternative transportation fuels in the US / Houston (2006-2010), and served during 2010 as Chairman of the Fuel Operations Group for the US DOE FreedomCar Partnership. Prior to joining Shell, CJ has held technology development, commercialization and management positions with Air Liquide (2002-2006) and The BOC Group (1995-2001) after working as a research scientist in oil-sands upgrading with CANMET in Canada (1992-1994).
CJ earned his Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, at CSU, Ohio, his M.S. and B.S., Chemical Engineering at TYUT, China. He has earned various awards from Shell, Air Liquide, BOC, Shanxi Province (China). He holds many patents and has sat on the board of Shenzhen Sanmu Battery Technology Company as an independent board member during 2009-2010.
Professor Robert C. Armstrong directs the MIT Energy Initiative, an Institute-wide effort at MIT linking science, technology, and policy to transform the world’s energy systems. A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Armstrong served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials, and energy.
Armstrong has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020) and the National Academy of Engineering (2008). He received the Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering (2020), Warren K. Lewis Award (2006), and the Professional Progress Award (1992), all from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also received the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter,
Armstrong was a member of MIT’s Future of Natural Gas and Future of Solar Energy study groups. He advised the teams that developed MITEI’s most recent reports, The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World (2018) and Insights into Future Mobility (2019), and is co-chairing the new MITEI study, The Future of Storage. He co-edited Game Changers: Energy on the Move with former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
Anne White is the SoE Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has taught freshman seminars on fusion, introductory sophomore electronics and physics, as well as advanced graduate classes on plasma physics and fusion. She recently served as an American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics Distinguished Lecturer in Plasmas Physics, and has won two awards for teaching at MIT, the Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014) and the PAI Outstanding Faculty Award, from the MIT student chapter of the American Nuclear Society (2013). Her research has made significant contributions to understanding turbulent electron heat transport in magnetically confined fusion plasmas via diagnostic development, novel experimentation, and validation of nonlinear gyrokinetic codes. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has won the APS Katherine E. Weimer Award (2014) and the Fusion Power Associates Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award (2014). Her group collaborates with several fusion experiments around the world, including DIII-D, C-Mod, NSTX, and AUG. Anne serves as Assistant Head of the Magnetic Fusion Experiment Division at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) at MIT, where she leads the Subdivision on Collaboration. Anne is currently a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC), which provides independent advice to the Director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Karthish Manthiram is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Chair and Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT. The Manthiram Lab at MIT is focused on the molecular engineering of electrocatalysts for the synthesis of organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, fuels, and commodity chemicals, using renewable feedstocks. Karthish received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, where his dissertation research was focused on the development of nanoscale materials for storing solar energy in chemical bonds. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on developing new ionically-conductive polymers using olefin metathesis. Karthish’s research has been recognized with several awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, DOE Early Career Award, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, American Chemical Society PRF New Investigator Award, Dan Cubicciotti Award of the Electrochemical Society, and Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science. Karthish’s teaching has been recognized with the C. Michael Mohr Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the MIT ChemE Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the MIT Teaching with Digital Technology Award. He serves on the Early Career Advisory Board for ACS Catalysis and on the Advisory Board for both Trends in Chemistry and the MIT Science Policy Review.
Lene Hviid is an energetic and accomplished business leader with more than 15 years of cross-cultural professional experience spanning industries from technology development to business application in geographies from Europe, U.S., Asia, and Brazil. She has a proven track record of managing large diverse global teams, developing/implementing technology, and innovating across cross-functional and multi-jurisdictional roles. She is passionate about the purpose research and believes that collaborations and partnerships are key to innovate.
Hviid is currently the global manager for Shell Research Alliance and GameChanger at Shell Global Solutions. In addition, she is a board member of Norske Shell. She is also visiting professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China. Hviid was recently elected a fellow of Chemistry Europe. She is based in Amsterdam, with teams globally distributed around Shell Technology Centers (U.S., Brazil, NL, India, and China) reporting to the vice president of Innovation Excellence within the technology organization.
Hviid joined Shell in 2013 as an external hire from Tata Steel, where she managed the global R&D team on surface technology with a focus on steel grades for the automotive industry. Prior to this, she built bridges between industry and academia working as the program manager at the Technological Top Institute for Materials to Innovate Industry (M2i) in the Netherlands.
A Danish national, Hviid is married and blessed with two children (Rebekka, 22 and Elias, 17) and speaks several languages. She recharges her batteries by running, cross country skiing, and yoga.
Zheng Yu, the Business Director of State Grid US Representative Office, has been working in SGCC for almost 25 years. He is the leading expert in China power system planning, development, and operation. Since he came to the U.S. in 2016, Zheng Yu has been providing strategic and technical guidance for SGCC’s business development in North America.