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Iwnetim (Tim) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he was both Miller and Presidential Fellow at UC Berkeley. He completed his Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. at Stanford with Prof. William Chueh and Prof. Thomas Devereaux. His PhD aimed at improving the energy capacity of batteries to meet the ever-growing global demand for energy storage. He combined X-ray and electrochemical characterization with quantum mechanical simulations to design next generation lithium- and sodium-ion batteries. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a research stint at IBM Alamden and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Iwnetim was born and raised in Ethiopia.

Outside the lab, Iwnetim is a co-founder and president of a non-profit organization ( working on empowering the African youth to solve local problems through scientific research and innovation. The organization is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, American Physical Society and others.

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