Job: scientist, leadership
Jessy Rivest is the General Manager of the Xerox Cleantech Business, which is bringing to market a portfolio of PARC innovations to make our customers’ work-lives easier, and to mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions. From 2014-2019, Jessy directed the Energy Materials and Systems research group at PARC which sought to impact the way energy is produced, managed, and utilized through a diverse set of projects leveraging interfacial materials and systems engineering. This included chemical and electrical energy storage technologies; materials for lightweight vehicles; and electrochemical carbon capture systems. Jessy has studied the materials science of energy technologies for more than a decade, developing novel kerfless wafering equipment for silicon solar cells (in industry), self-assembly methods for achieving heterostructured thin film photovoltaics and batteries (in academia), and new surface chemistries to tune the properties of nanocrystals and inorganic films (in a national lab). Her work encompasses the lifecycle of materials advancement: materials design, development, characterization, and manufacturing systems engineering. Dr. Rivest holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She has authored publications garnering over 1,000 citations, and has been honored with an Intel Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and as a competitor at the International (robot) Design Competition (Osaka, Japan).