Energy Storage: The Key to Clean, Reliable Electricity for Everyone

Anything and everything we do requires energy, and the key to using renewable sources that only work when the sun shines or the wind blows will come with our ability to store it. Tom is a native of Kansas, but headed east for graduate school, earning a PhD in chemistry from the University of Rochester.

After a postdoctoral stint at the California Institute of Technology, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Kentuck yand was later promoted to Associate Professor. A small company in Michigan called Gentex Corporation managed to lure him into the industrial world, where he served in various roles for the rapidly growing company, eventually becoming their Vice President for Chemical Research and Aerospace Technology.

In 2012, Tom became the Director of R & D at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute, and in 2015, he co-founded a tech startup, Jolt Energy Storage Technologies, LLC. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at