I wanted to be an astronaut so I could see Earth from afar.
Who says I still can’t be? (laughs)
Before ABB, I studied mechanical engineering in Canada with an exchange year in Stuttgart. Later, I completed an internship in Switzerland and studied process and chemical engineering at the ETH Zurich. This included a PhD in the area of materials for Li-ion batteries, with a 6-month stay at the Tokyo Institute of Technology as a guest researcher. After my PhD, ABB Corporate Research recruited me as an energy storage specialist. Today at ABB, I research battery technology as a way to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy.
In science and technology, we work on the boundaries of what is known and what is not known. The breakthroughs come when scientists and engineers are allowed to “play” at these boundaries. A fundamental understanding of technology is needed, but also a curiosity about how things could work different. In R&D, I research future technologies, which means I imagine what the world will look like in five or ten years. Working at ABB also gives me the opportunity to make ideas a reality.
I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing guitar. I also run frequently. I use to play lacrosse and helped start up the Zürich lacrosse club some years ago.