Barrett Nelson

Class of 2017-2018

Gonzaga University, 2017
Electrical Engineering

Why I chose ESTEEM: I first chose my undergraduate degree in engineering because I was excited to be a part of exciting new technology and innovations. ESTEEM appealed to me because it was a great opportunity to supplement my technical skills with the business know-how to start my own business, or be involved in an early stage company.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it: I am working with a Notre Dame research professor with his solid state lithium-ion battery design. Current batteries use a liquid electrolyte, but switching to a solid state solution provides advantages in safety, charging speed and energy capacity, among others. This project is so interesting because battery technology is so crucial to the energy and transportation of the future. Renewable sources of energy (like wind and solar) need battery storage for reliability, and electric vehicles rely on safe, fast charging batteries to compete with gasoline cars.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: After ESTEEM, I want to work in the renewable energy sector, either as an engineer or in more of a business position.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: I am an outdoorsy person, so I like to hike, rock climb, or play pick up sports.