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Adrian Yao

Co-founder, EnPower

Adrian Yao is a graduate researcher in Stanford’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering in the Chueh lab. Prior to Stanford, Adrian spent 9 years in industry as the co-founder and CTO of a Li-ion battery startup, EnPower, Inc., which now operates a ~1 GWh/y cell manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, IN, spearheading the domestic production of advanced Li-ion cells. Throughout his time at EnPower, Adrian has driven technology and product development, while building an intellectual property portfolio with over 25 patent families and 16 granted patents across 5 jurisdictions. But most recently, his experience has been focused on scaling technology from kWh-scale to GWh-scale in a factory setting. Drawing from years of experience “building stuff” - designing, machining, fabricating, assembling, programming, and testing - he approaches hard-tech problems with a deeply hands-on attitude. Adrian transitioned into an advisory role at his company in the summer of 2022 to take on the challenge of addressing long-duration energy storage, recognizing the unique environment Stanford provides for tackling big problems. Adrian obtained his B.S. in Material Science & Engineering from Rice University in Houston, TX. Before coming to the U.S. for college, he spent his entire childhood in Taipei, Taiwan.