Meet the Innovators Under 35 - Energy Roundtable

Gene Berdichevsky, Sila Nano and Michael Saliba, EPFL

Innovators Under 35 in conversation with MIT Technology Review's James Temple

Gene Berdichevsky, CEO, Sila Nano

Gene Berdichevsky is the CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies, an engineered materials company focused on dramatically improving the energy density of batteries. Gene cofounded the company with Professor Gleb Yushin (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Alex Jacobs (Tesla, MIT). He was the seventh employee at Tesla Motors, where he served as principal engineer on the Roadster battery: the world's first safe, mass-produced automotive lithium-ion battery system. Gene holds an MS in engineering with a focus on energy and materials and a BS in mechanical engineering, both from Stanford University. He has coauthored 37 patents in the areas of battery systems and energy storage materials.

Michael Saliba, Marie Curie Fellow, EPFL

Dr. Michael Saliba is a Marie Curie Fellow based at EPFL. He completed his PhD in 2014 at Oxford University. His research focuses on understanding and improving the optoelectronic properties of emerging photovoltaic technologies for a sustainable energy future, with an emphasis on perovskite solar cells. In 2016, he received the Young Scientist Award of the German University Association.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.