Chattanooga Engineers Club

SFI - EV Battery Innovation Conference

  • 27 Apr 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • 2215 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311

2nd Annual EV Battery Innovation Conference

The Electric Vehicle boom has begun, and the Southeast US is positioned to lead the way in the EV manufacturing revolution. A forecast suggests that by 2035, more than half of new passenger vehicles sold worldwide will be electric. The EV Battery Innovations Conference will feature professionals from EV infrastructure, battery manufacturers, and OEMs, along with transportation and energy officials, to discuss EV opportunities and how to invest in the workforce to meet the demands of the automotive sector.

Keynote Speaker:

Brett C. Smith, Consultant, Automotive Industry & Retired Research Fellow

Transition to Electrification: An Industry in Revolution


9:00am Registration & Networking

9:30am Welcome 

Sarah Burnett

Director, Membership & Foundation Development, TN Chamber of Commerce & Industry

9:45am Keynote


Session A:

Technology Behind Safer and More Efficient Lithium-ion Batteries

Dr. Edward Buiel, President & CEO, Coulometrics

Session B:

Charging Technology 101

Dr. Nan Chen, Assistant Professor College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University

11:15am Solving Battery Materials Supply Chain Issues

Malissa Gordon, Vice President for Government Affairs, Piedmont Lithium

12:45pm Panel Discussion: EV Boom in the Southeast


Session A:

Insights of Your Battery Production Line with AI Based Inspection Solutions

Ryan Lilly, President, Senswork Inc.

Session B:

Optimized Battery Manufacturing Processes

Cade Webster, Specialist, Low-Cost Automation, igus

2:15pm EV Workforce Innovation

Dr. Lyn Potter, Department Head, Engineering & Information Technology Division

Albert Curtis, Professor, Engineering & Information Technology Division

2:45pm Panel Discussion: Building Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

3:30pm Closing Remarks

Denise Rice, President & CEO, Peak Performance Inc., Operators of the Smart Factory Institute

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