Job: scientist, leadership
Jessy Rivest manages the Energy Materials & Systems group in the Hardware Systems Laboratory, which seeks to impact the way energy is produced, managed, and utilized through a diverse set of projects leveraging interfacial materials and systems engineering. This includes chemical and electrical energy storage technologies; materials for lightweight vehicles; and electrochemical carbon capture. Work in Jessy's group is funded by both government agencies and progressive commercial partners. 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). She currently serves on the User Executive Committee of The Molecular Foundry and on the editorial board of the journal Frontiers in Energy Research.