The BIC Team

Les Alexander

Les Alexander

Les Alexander, brings financial, operations, and business development experience to the Battery Innovation Center. Over the last thirty plus years, Les has held executive positions at Navitas Systems (VP Research and Development and Government Business Development), Inmatech (CEO) (Supercapacitor start up), A123 Systems (GM Government Business), and T/J Technologies (COO). He has developed an expertise with energy storage startups and mid-size companies, strategically focused on growing R&D, and product development opportunities for the U.S Military and commercial markets.

Alexander is a retired Lieutenant Commander as U.S. Naval Supply Corps Officer who served in the Persian Gulf War. He has managed large military budgets and programs for aircraft carriers and military bases. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a B.A. in Economics, and he holds a Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Government Acquisitions.

Heather Mischler

Heather Mischler

Heather Mischler is the Office Manager and Accounting Administrator for the Battery Innovation Center. Heather received an AAS in Accounting from Vincennes University in 2013 and a BA in Japanese Language & Culture from Eastern Michigan University in 2010. Since then, Heather has gained more than five years of practical accounting knowledge from bookkeeping to audits, cash management to financial statements, as well as accounts receivable and payable, to name a few.

Teresa Hoskins

Teresa Hoskins

Teresa is the Office Coordinator and provides hospitality for the BIC. She brings with her 20+ years of experience in office management. Teresa greets visitors and employees with a huge smile, a song, or a dance, along with a fresh cup of coffee, and is the go-to person for all your needs while on-site. Teresa is key to BIC communications working with correspondence, billing, ordering supplies, and other vital administrative roles. 

Teresa schedules tours of the BIC, logistics for classes, and travel arrangements for conferences. Always willing to help and provides team support wherever it is needed. 

She is a member of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church where she serves on the greeting and security teams. A member of Theta Alpha Gamma Phi Beta Psi Sorority supporting local residents with their cancer patient journey. She assists with her family’s catering business and also loves, and enjoys, spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include reading, horseback riding, running, working out at the gym, vegetable gardening in the summertime, camping, and fishing.

Tyson Craig

Tyson Craig

Tyson Craig is the Lead Cell Fabrication Technician at the Battery Innovation Center. He joined the BIC in May of 2014 after graduating from Vincennes University with an Associates in Electronics Technology. Tyson’s skill set includes cell design, cell fabrication, and hardware design and layout for all 18650’s, pouch and coin cell testing.

Jonathan Pace

Jonathan Pace

Jonathan Pace is the lead technician for the Test and Evaluation Team. Taking concrete actions to advance both personally and professionally, Jonathan is currently working towards finishing his Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology at Vincennes University.

Jonathan spent 7 years in the United States Army as an Artillery Cannon Crewmember. Serving 2 tours overseas, he continually leverages the skills gained with artillery equipment, which translate to a great precision with test set-ups and evaluating batteries through the data recorded during test. His growth mindset creates a natural tendency to strive to pursue any knowledge he can get his hands on when it relates to his work.

In addition to gaining academic experience, Jonathan spends a substantial portion of his time outside of the BIC chasing mechanical problems and diagnoses with vehicles and tends to use those same techniques in his day to day operations at the BIC.

Cara Fagerholm

Cara Fagerholm

Cara is an Advanced Battery Fabrication Engineer and she enjoys developing strategies and creatively leveraging resources to solve challenges.

Cara received her BSE with majors in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Studies at Case Western Reserve University. At CWRU, she gained experience in materials laboratories using a big data approach to researching lifecycle extension for photovoltaics. Her work in alternative energy and electrical power systems co-ops provide a diverse background for supporting BIC initiatives in data management and research.

Jayleen Lann

Jayleen Lann

Jayleen is an HR Specialist for the BIC. She has worked in the Human Resources and Benefits field for over 20 years.  Starting in the Human Resources field as a Payroll Specialist then moving into HR Management, enhancing her skills and gaining experience along the way.

David Liu

David Liu

David is a Test & Evaluation Engineer for the Battery Innovation Center. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. At CWRU, David specialized in analog circuit design and assisted in research regarding hardware security for digital communications. He also briefly worked with MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) at Carnegie Mellon University.

David joined the BIC in July 2022, where he designs and implements tests for energy storage and power grid applications. His diverse background within electrical engineering lends itself to troubleshooting complicated problems and supporting on a variety of operations.

Josh Wolfe

Josh Wolfe

Joshua comes to the BIC with a broad skill set, 20+ years of Facilities Operations experience, and 4+ years of Solid-State Battery Research and Development experience.

Joshua is a local Indiana resident and was introduced to energy storage technologies while taking electronics classes through Vincennes University hosted by the BIC.

His personal time is spent enjoying family, friends, and hobbies which include amateur radio, astronomy, biking, camping, and fishing.

Phat Truong

Phat Truong

Being self-motivated and passionate, Phat truly believes that limits are destined to be broken. Making the earth go green completely is definitely an achievable goal. Therefore, he participated in a research group at New Mexico State University as a master’s student to not only substantiate his
knowledge in electrochemical science but also to join hands creating new materials to help attain a full use of eco-friendly energy.

Phat’s research was concentrated on constructing a 3D structure for supercapacitors’ material which allowed higher capacity and enhanced power density.

After graduating in 2022, Phat transitioned into the BIC to broaden reach. As an Advance Materials Manufacturing Engineer, Phat’s role is to do research with multiple R&D teams, which would not just limit contributions in a theoretical scope but now
is expandable to industrial applications.

Phat’s hobbies beside work are to read books, cooking, traveling, and playing board games.

Erika Dixon

Erika Dixon

Erika is a Data Programmer and provides IT support for the BIC. She graduated from Ball State University in 2023 with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Data Analytics. Erika is passionate about Big Data analytics and manipulation, and she continues to enhance her programming/analytical skills at the BIC.

Alex Serov

Alex Serov

Alex Serov is battery technology, data-driven sensor collection, and integration electrical engineering manager.

His undergraduate degree was an introduction to renewable energy power systems and batteries, with classes in motors, hybrid electric vehicles, integrating energy farms, and solar panels. Alex tended to gravitate towards system integration and energy storage, which led to battery technology becoming his master’s focus.

Alex’s research work has been a dive into hardware-software integration and machine learning applications for battery data. Also fortunate to have managed a battery-based project and the team running it as a research assistant within Interfacial Multiphysics Laboratory (IML). His focus was on leading and mentoring the team for a formalized Navy-backed research project improving battery management system (BMS) safety and performance with deep learning implementation. Through this work, Alex built a passion for microcontrollers, system integration, data science, machine / deep learning, and battery tech.

Alex consistently motivates both himself and those around him to achieve exceptional outcomes, whether it be in outdoor activities or within the workplace. His experience is being leveraged as the Test & Evaluation Manager at the Battery Innovation Center (BIC). Every day at the BIC, Alex is involved in a variety of battery test and custom engineering problems, and keep skills sharp and share knowledge on safety, operation, and test plans for today’s cutting edge battery technology to our clients.

Daren Williams

Daren Williams

Daren Williams is a Senior Lab Technician for the Test and Evaluation team. He received his Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech Community College in 2013. His experience includes over 10 years working at UL Solutions (Formerly Underwriters Laboratories) as a lab technician working the majority of that time within the large battery department as a technical lead of a UL dedicated large battery certification safety testing laboratory area in Newberry, IN which included the testing of various battery and capacitor UL standards including UL 1973, UL 2271, UL 2580, UN 38.3, UL 2054, and UL 810A as well as maintaining laboratory compliance to ISO/IEC 17025.  Daren seeks to use his previous lab experiences to positively impact the Test and Evaluation team.

Dennis Kountz

Dennis Kountz

Amol Chandekar

Amol Chandekar, Ph.D.

Dr. Amol Chandekar is the Advanced Battery Development Researcher & Team Lead. Dr. Chandekar earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he also completed Post Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Chandekar has published 14 papers, many of which focus on nano-scale patterning of materials. Additionally, he possesses 17 patents, both issued and pending, in the United States and internationally in the field of renewable energy. Dr. Chandekar brings several years of expertise in materials science and electrochemistry and has successfully developed numerous products and processes in these domains. Additionally, Dr. Chandekar has pioneered green hydrogen technology through the development of an exceptionally efficient photoanode for the process of photoelectrolysis in water. He joined BIC in February 2024 and is currently leading a dynamic team from Advanced Battery Development group.

Bradley Spicer

Erika Dixon

Erika Dixon

Erika is a Data Programmer and provides IT support for the BIC. She graduated from Ball State University in 2023 with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Data Analytics. Erika is passionate about Big Data analytics and manipulation, and she continues to enhance her programming/analytical skills at the BIC.

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