Congratulations to Dr. Supratim Das for his successful PhD thesis defense!

September 23, 2020

Supratim Das is an energy storage researcher-turned-MBA candidate, who aims to drive innovation through an effective synergy of science, policy, economics, and business practices. A seasoned chemical engineer with 10+ scientific publications, he defended his PhD thesis in MIT in ’20 with a research focus on predicting the lifetime and safety of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. He also worked on developing ionic-liquid based membranes for high-power lithium-bromine flow batteries. Originally from India, Supratim graduated with summa cum laude from IIT Delhi ’16, and subsequently received his SM from MIT in ’18 with a perfect 5.0 GPA in the Practice School semester (recognized with the J. Edward Vivian award for performance and leadership). His passion and enthusiasm, however, extends far outside of the research lab. He was profiled by MIT News and earned the prestigious Mens et Manus award and a department citation honor for community service and his advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion-related challenges faced by students. His proclivity towards driving change in energy technology also saw him lead the 2019 MIT EnergyHack, for which he raised $36,000 of corporate sponsorship to support 150+ global participants and 7 companies for a 3-day event on campus. The event was profiled in a separate MIT News article. His love for the outdoors is infectious, and can be often found traveling, hiking, playing tennis, table tennis and basketball with friends. Complementary to his research on electric-vehicle batteries is his love for driving. He hopes to be able to dedicatedly pursue track racing full-time someday and is currently working on getting a racing license.



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