Battery Informatics,Inc., (Bii) was founded in November 2015 with the mission of developing the next generation Battery Management System (BMS) for Li-ion batteries based on technologies developed at University of Washington. After an initial development of business plans, demos, and much discussion, Bii is now poised to start serving customer needs in the EV, grid, and PV markets. The company is funded by ARPA-E, University of Washington, early commercial customers, and "sweat equity" from the co-founders. The company is at this early stage looking for exceptional talent plus customers who are looking for a competitive advantage with an advanced BMs.

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Bjorn Frogner, Ph.D.  –  CEO

Bjorn has over 40 years of experience in the intersection of IT and energy markets. He has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has broad experience as an engineer, manager, executive, entrepreneur and professor. He is a co-founder of Bii which is his 5th startup. His relevant technical expertise in Bii is the pioneering modeling and control work he did in the electric power industry in the mid-70s to mid-80s. His subsequent work mostly focused on managing software products related to AI, expert systems, and TCP/IP networks for the electric power industry. During the last 10 years, he has focused on helping start CleanTech companies.
     
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Jim Omlid  –  VP, Business Development

Jim has over 30 years of experience in business development, career technical education, and as a US Navy pilot.  He is an expert in building bridges between technologies and business needs.  Jim has developed many successful marketing and sales initiatives in database and application software products for corporate markets in manufacturing, electric power utilities, and solar energy. He has built several successful sales and technology teams. Based on his experience, Jim published Top Ten Myths of Selling, a book on team selling, designed to help technology professionals be more effective in the sales environment.
     
 

Al Mundy, Ph.D.  –  Director, Product Development

Al has 30+ years of experience with electronics, embedded systems, electric vehicle research, Li-ion chemistry, BMS, and a variety of technologies of importance to the Air Force. He earned his PhD from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a dissertation title of "Reduced Order, Physics Based Model of Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors." He retired from the United States Air Force after 25 years of active duty.  Some of his assignments were with Rome Research Laboratories, the National Security Agency, and he completed his military career an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy.
     
  Chief Financial Officer  –  Chris Harrell
Chris has a degree in Accounting and Finance from Western Washington University. He spent five years working in public accounting, specializing in individual tax, business tax, bookkeeping, payroll, and quarterly tax preparation for small businesses. In 2010, he accepted a senior accountant position at a regional transportation and logistics company, preparing monthly financial statements, constructing cost models, and leading the year-end audits. Areas of expertise include income taxation for privately held businesses, individual income tax, payroll, payroll tax, state tax, accounting, and bookkeeping.
     

University of Washington Founding Team

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Chief Scientific Advisor  –   Prof. Venkat Subramanian

Venkat is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW. He joined UW in 2014. Venkat obtained his PhD from University of South Carolina in Columbia. He is working on an ARPA-E award to develop a model for the performance of lithium-ion batteries. His group has developed the fastest algorithm reported in the literature for simulating the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Venkat’s role is to help Bii commercialize the algorithms developed by his group.
     
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Battery Diagnostics Expert  –  Matt Murbach

Matt is a PhD student working for Prof Dan Schwartz in the ChemE department on battery diagnostics. He is responsible for development of the battery health diagnostics methods to be commercialized by Bii. This is strongly related to his PhD research at UW.
     

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Battery Modeling Expert  –  Manan Pathak

Manan is a ChemE PhD student at UW working on battery models. His research, under the guidance of Subramanian, is focused on using battery models to estimate the degree of degradation. Pathak is responsible for making the models developed in Subramanian’s group satisfy our needs.
     

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Product Manager  –  Chintan Pathak

Chintan is a Research Scientist at ChemE Department at UW. Chintan obtained his Bachelor in Technology from IIT-BHU in India in 2006. Chintan has worked on several large projects in multi-national companies and led various research projects focusing on computational design, instrumentation and software development. At Bii, he is responsible for understanding customer requirements and deploying BMS technologies to solve user problems.
     

Technical Advising and Consulting Partners

 

 

Advanced BMS Integration Consultant  –  Kevin Konecky

Kevin works at Total Battery Consulting, LLC, in Southern California where he is a partner of Dr. Menahem Anderman. He has 20+ years of experience with energy storage and xEV integration for a variety of complex industrial projects. Kevin has been involved with product development, budgeting, and manufacturing assessments. Vehicle powertrain (EV, HEV, PHEV) development activities. Energy Storage System development activities. Legal expert consultant & expert witness. Battery safety assessment and development planning. Developed robust product specifications as well as test and validation plans. Due-diligence research and evaluation for investors and prospective buyers. Kevin has worked in senior positions at Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Fisker Automotive, and other major companies.
     
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Senior BMS Advisor  –  Rich Rudman

Rich is CEO at Manzanita Micro in Kingston, Washington. He founded that company in 1984. He works with Bii as a Senior BMS Advisor. He is known as a local BMS wizard focused on installing electric motors in cars, motorbikes and bikes. He has also developed and sells a variety of EV supply equipment, chargers, and custom-made BMS.
     
 

Senior BMS Expert  –  Harvey Novak

Harvey is CEO of 1100 Energy Corporation which he founded in 2010 to focus on the development, production and marketing of power management products. A BMS is an important component of his Cortex product which is a rugged energy storage product for military applications. 1100 Energy has won or has pending contracts with US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corp, US Department of State, USAID, DERP Technologies, and several other commercial companies. Harvey is advising Bii to leverage synergy in technologies, resources, and potential sales.