Professor Yverick Rangom is leading an interdisciplinary University of Waterloo team that is competing in the Battery Workforce Challenge. This challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Stellantis and is managed by Argonne National Laboratory.

As part of this initiative, 12 universities and vocational schools in North America will compete in an advanced battery design and development competition. The competition will require participants to design, build, test, and integrate an advanced electric vehicle battery into a Stellantis vehicle of the future. The University of Waterloo team is one of two Canadian teams competing in the challenge.

“The goals of this competition align with the Faculty of Engineering’s and the Department of Chemical Engineering’s long-term vision to expand battery research from the smaller laboratory cells to the larger commercial cells that will be used here. The building of such a battery pack is also perfectly in line with my personal research goal,” says Rangom.

Professor Michael Fowler, director of the University of Waterloo Green Energy and Fuel Cell Research Group is acting as mentor to the team which includes Professor Mehrdad Kazerani from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Xiao Yu Wu from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and graduate and undergraduate students.

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