MAREC appoints Associate Director

Date: July 19, 2011

Dr. Suresh Mani. Dr. Suresh Mani, a chemical engineer with extensive experience in the battery industry has been appointed as associate director of research and technology for Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center. Dr. Mani joined MAREC on July 15.  

Most recently Dr. Mani was employed by A123 Systems in Ann Arbor, where he served as technical director and conducted research and development work in battery technology. At A123 Systems, he was the principal investigator on a NASA project to develop advanced batteries for space, in which he created and led a team that included two NASA centers, a battery manufacturer, and two universities. Mani’s other past experiences include assignments as a research specialist at Michigan State University and technical director of Flint Ink Corporation where he worked on the development of fluid ink products.

As MAREC Associate Director for Research and Technology, Mani will lead projects in advanced energy storage, smart grid development and other renewable energy technologies. He will serve as a technical liaison with regional manufacturers including the emerging battery industry in West Michigan. One of his initial projects will be to develop a characterization laboratory at MAREC that will support comprehensive testing of battery materials and components.

“Dr. Mani joins us at a time when the advanced energy storage (AES) industry is rapidly developing in West Michigan,” notes Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC. “His technical skills and industry experience with innovative companies will allow MAREC and GVSU to assist with the acceleration of the AES industry throughout the region.”

Mani will have a formal working relationship with the GVSU School of Engineering  including development of battery technology related curriculum.

Born in India, Mani received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and went on to receive his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in chemical engineering.

“I’m pleased to take on this role in a region that is gaining momentum in battery technology, commercial scale wind development, and other renewable energy innovation,” said Mani. “The role of AES systems will extend beyond electric vehicles. Advanced energy storage systems will be critical components as other renewable energy systems such as wind and solar are further developed.”

For more information, contact T. Arnold (Arn) Boezaart (616) 331-6901 or News and Information Services at (616) 331-2221.

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