Staff

Professor J. Devin MacKenzie

Technical Director; Washington Research Foundation Associate Professor of Clean Energy, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering

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An expert in emerging electronic materials, including printed and flexible electronics, photovoltaics, and thin film batteries, Professor MacKenzie has founded and led five printed and flexible electronics startup companies and holds over 110 patents and publications. He received the Global Cleantech 100 Award and led Imprint Energy to be recognized as one of the 50 Smartest Companies by The MIT Technology Review.

Michael Pomfret, PhD

Managing Director

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An expert in material development and electroanalytical characterization of energy devices, as well as other catalytic systems. Dr. Pomfret has experience in academic, national, and industry research facilities throughout the U.S. and has managed growing laboratories for cleantech companies. In 2018, the CleanTech Alliance and the Northwest Environmental Business Council awarded him the Energy Leadership Achievement Award for his work to support energy innovation in the Pacific Northwest.

Phillip Cox, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist

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Our resident materials and device characterization expert, Dr. Cox’s graduate work focused on developing electrostatic force microscopy for studying the relationship between film structure and device function and degradation in organic photovoltaics. At the Testbeds, Dr. Cox supports lab users across all functional areas and is responsible for not only the totality of the lab's instrumentation uptime, but also its award-winning safety protocols.

Kristine Parra

Senior Staff Scientist

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With a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, respectively, Kristine has academic and industry experience in the fabrication and characterization of cutting-edge photovoltaic materials. As manager of the Research Training Testbed, Kristine works with UW Clean Energy Institute faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to support research and develop educational programs.

Le Cai, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist

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An expert in materials science and semiconductor devices leading the Testbeds’ advanced thin-film printing and coating activities, Dr. Cai has extensive experiences in carbon nanomaterials, printed electronics, flexible/stretchable electronics and bioelectronics. At the Testbeds, Dr. Cai helps users plan and conduct research focused on thin-film coating and additive fabrication of flexible devices such as sensors, solar cells and batteries.

Joey Law

Staff Scientist

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Joey Law has expertise in additive manufacturing, prototype fabrication, and process engineering for novel devices. Joey has worked with numerous academic research groups and industry users from startups to global corporations.

Chanaka Keerthisinghe, PhD

Staff Scientist

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Born in Sri Lanka, Chanaka received bachelor and master degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Auckland, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Sydney. Chanaka is currently the lead staff member in the Systems Integration Testbed and postdoctoral researcher with UW's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has industrial work experience with the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and holds a U.S patent and has published peer review articles in microgrids, energy management in smart homes, wireless power transfer, disaster response, electricity markets, stochastic optimization, and machine learning.

Nidhi Agarwal

Business Development Analyst

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An MBA student at University of Washington with an MSc Finance And Bachelor in Commerce from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and University of Delhi (India) respectively. Nidhi has academic and industry experience in managing investments and valuing wide range of economic opportunities. As a Business Development Analyst at the Testbeds, Nidhi does research on and develop relationships with potential users and partners for the facility.

Mack Hopen

Business Development Analyst

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Mack is an engineer with experience in the electronics, hardware, and aerospace manufacturing industries, in addition to serving in sales and operations management roles. Mack hopes to continue his career as an entrepreneur, leading companies in and around the cleantech sector.