Nanotech 2011
Timothy  Havel

Timothy Havel

Founder & CTO

Energy Compression Inc.

Dr. Havel received his BA in Chemistry from Reed College in 1975, and his PhD in Biophysics from the Univ. of California Berkeley in 1982. During his postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zürich, Switzerland he was responsible for computing the first protein structure to be determined in its native aqueous state by NMR spectroscopy. He subsequently held positions at the Scripps Research Foundation in La Jolla, California, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 2000 he joined the Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where he helped to demonstrate the first prototypes of quantum computers by means of NMR.

In the Fall of 2005 he joined the MIT Sloan Fellows program, where he obtained his SM in the Management of Technology in June 2007. His thesis, “Towards an Industrial Ecosystem for Power MEMS,” laid the groundwork for a technology roadmap in top-down nanotechnology applied to energy systems. From October 2007 through October 2008 he served as a Research Associate in the Center for Technology, Planning and Industrial Development, where he developed a system dynamics model of the semiconductor value chain.

The Fall of 2008 was spent visiting the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications at the University of Minnesota for its special year of focus on Mathematics and Chem-istry. He is presently an Affiliate of the MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, where he assists with the development of “supersprings” based on carbon nanotubes, and has recently started a nanotechnology-based “clean-tech” company, Energy Compression Inc., which is focussed on commercializing Adsorption-Enhanced Compressed Air Energy Storage.


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