Mr. Kurtis C. Kelley

Mr. Kurtis C. Kelley has advanced degrees in botany and geology and spent time in the 1970s exploring fossil fuels. By education, he is a paleobotanist; but his extraordinary problem solving skills led him into the materials design arena. In the 1980s, Mr. Kelley joined Caterpillar’s Materials Worldwide R&D Division. Having many successful research projects during his 15 years with Caterpillar, his development of the carbon-foam battery was spun out into a new company, Firefly. Mr. Kelley became the Chief Technical Officer of Firefly in 2003. A strong believer in scheduled innovation, Mr. Kelley pushes for rapid, robust solutions and has enjoyed extensive success creating and directing concept-to-product research programs covering multiple disciplines. Now operating his own materials design consulting company, Mr. Kelley considers everything from photons to continents as just materials waiting to be guided into new products. He holds numerous international patents in electronics, mechanical design, and material sciences discoveries, and continues to guide the generation of intellectual property.

Michael Kepros

B.S. Chemistry – St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Supplemental engineering courses at Ill. Institute of Technology (Chicago)
Supplemental courses in electrochemistry, statistics, Taguchi Design-Of-Experiments
Personnel management, project management, and Kepner-Tregoe methods.

Mr. Kepros brings over 40 years of experience in research and development of electrochemical energy storage systems. Battery expertise covers non-rechargeable (i.e., primary) aqueous systems including carbon-zinc, alkaline-manganese, zinc-air, zinc-oxygen, and magnesium-manganese dioxide. In addition expertise covers rechargeable lead-acid batteries including both flooded and valve-regulated lead-acid cell designs. Further, work on other rechargeable battery technologies includes nickel-cadmium, nickel-zinc, nickel-hydrogen, zinc-bromine, zinc-chlorine, and molten salt lithium-iron disulfide cells. Major contributions have included new products, product and process improvements, methods development, and personnel training and development. Key contributions have also been provided to customers, sales, marketing, legal, quality assurance, quality control, and manufacturing plant operations.

Work history includes management positions, principal scientist, and many research and engineering positions across Gould Inc., RAYOVAC, The Gates Corporation, Gates Energy Products, GNB Technologies, Exide, and PowerGenix Systems Inc.. Responsibilities have included technical oversight of research and engineering staff and their projects (including guidance and training), liaison with national laboratories and overseas research institutes, and strategic impact assessments of battery energy technologies for forward business planning.

Holds memberships in The Electrochemical Society, International Society of Electrochemistry, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. ArvindParthsarthy

B. Tech (Mechanical Engineering), Indian Institute of technology, Madras
M.S. (Analytical Chemistry), Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Ph.D. (Electrochemistry), Texas A & M University, Texas
M.D., Sigma-Pi Power Sources Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

Dr. Arvind holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the IIT Chennai, India. His interest in energy conversion devices led him to pursue Chemistry. He earned his Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from Texas A&M University in the year 1991.His research work was focused on the development of the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell and was carried out at the Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research in Texas and was funded and directed by NASA and DARPA.

He has published several papers on fuel cells in journals such as Journal of Electrochemical Society and Journal of Power Sources, and has also co-authored a textbook on Fuel Cell Systems. His postdoctoral research on membrane selectivity involved team-working with the Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Arvind returned to India in 1993 to start his own Company, Sigma-Pi Power Sources, to focus on specialty seawater-activated batteries. The batteries that the Company produces today are used extensively by the Indian Navy. The Company was awarded the National Award for Indigenization in 2000. Since 2007, the Company has worked with a major supplier of marine survivor location devices in the UK to develop and produce specialty batteries for the Coast Guard as well as the aviation industry. Simultaneously, the Company started development work for the US Navy on high-performance batteries used in underwater devices.