Director of automotive composites, consortium and engineering specialist, Chrysler Group LLC
Shahwan is a world-recognized expert in the field of advanced lightweight composites. His contributions to the active and passive safety fields for automotive technologies are numerous, especially in developing and deploying state-of-the-art virtual/predictive methodologies used by the three major US automotive OEMs. He has led and continues to lead numerous industry-academia-DoE collaborations. He is a member of the ACC, USCAR, MTT, and USDRIVE teams.
Seriously, though, it's interesting to learn about the work all of these individuals are doing. It was great to see a college student on the list -- especially one who is going to school while working full time.
It would be great if there were more women on the list, but unfortunately, I think this reflects the relatively low number of women in the engineering, especially electrical and mechanical engineering. Hopefully, in coming years, we will start to see a greater proportion of women on lists like this.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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