Dr. Whitacre is the Founder of Aquion Energy and has served as the CTO since inception. He became an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon in 2007, with a joint appointment in Materials Science & Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy departments. While at CMU, he developed the chemistry that is the basis for Aquion Energy’s product line. Prior to his time at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Whitacre was a post- doctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 1999 to 2000 and subsequently became a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. His work there was focused on synthesizing, characterizing, and implementing materials for electrochemical devices such as batteries and fuel cells. In 2004, he was trained as a power systems engineer. Starting in 2005, he was a Cognizant Engineer for Mars Science Laboratory rover program, where he was in charge of the energy storage components of the descent stage module.
Dr. Whitacre received his BA from Oberlin College in 1994, where he graduated with honors in Physics. He then earned his masters (1997) and PhD (1999) from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan.