Venkat Viswanathan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. His research group has broad expertise in energy storage and Li-ion batteries, specifically as they pertain to electric vehicles and planes. His focus is on identifying the scientific principles governing material design, inorganic, organic and biomaterials, for novel energy conversion and storage routes. The material design is carried out through a suite of computational methods being developed in the group validated by experiments. In addition to material design, his team is involved in several multidisciplinary areas such as battery controls, electric vehicle security, and GPU accelerated computing. Viswanathan is a recipient of numerous awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Finalist. His research contributions have pushed the frontier of computational design and accelerated material discovery cycles for a variety of applications. His research has gained international recognition with over 2000 citations and an h-index of 20. His work on lithium-air batteries is among the most cited research papers in the area. He has delivered several invited lectures at major conferences including Gordon Conference, Electrochemical Society, Material Research Society, American Chemical Society, Beyond Li-ion Meeting. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2013 under the guidance of Jens Nørskov and spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher in Martin Bazant’s group at MIT.