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“I think about what the world will look like in five or ten years”

As a child, what career did you aspire to?

I wanted to be an astronaut so I could see Earth from afar.

What stopped you from being an astronaut?

Who says I still can’t be? (laughs)

How did you get to ABB?

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.

How can you combine your creativity with your job?

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.

What do you do in your free time?

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.

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