About Us

Meet Our Experts

Doug Morris, CEO and founderDoug Morris, CEO and Founder, has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications, components, battery, and energy storage industry. Prior to working at Polaris Labs, Doug was Vice President of Operations at Enevate, a developer of advanced silicon anodes for smart phone applications, where he was responsible for supply chain, quality and manufacturing for the company. Doug has also held various executive, management, and engineering positions over his 21 year career with Motorola where he was Vice President and Director of Engineering, Quality, and Supply Chain Management for the Energy Systems Group. Doug was also a founder of Motorola’s Product Testing Services business, and established EnerSol Consulting Services in 2003.

Doug has been awarded 5 patents, with an additional 4 patents pending, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Physics from Sonoma State University.

Doug’s interests are skiing in winter, cycling in summer, and he is a die-hard Blazer’s fan.

Science Team

Curtiss Renn, Senior ScientistCurtiss Renn, Senior Scientist, and all around super guy without whom Polaris Labs could not exist. Dr. Renn brings many years of experience and scientific knowledge in the areas of nanotechnology, chemical engineering and analysis, electrochemical methodologies, and more. In the past, Curtiss has held the positions of Senior Scientist at ReVolt Technology, Senior Scientist at IdaTech, Senior Chemist at ReyTech, R&D Manager at Perstorp AB. Dr. Renn obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1991 from the University of Washington.

Curtiss is a phenomenal chef, and believes any chemist worth his salt also knows how to cook. We may not be able to whip up a tasty salmon barbecue like he can, but we are glad he shares his handiwork in the break room!

To read more about Dr. Renn, visit his Linked In site here…

Nick Gurnon, Senior ScientistNick Gurnon, Senior Scientist, has over 16 years of experience in Research and Development within the pharmaceutical, photovoltaic, and lithium ion battery industries. Nick initially came to Polaris Battery Labs in early 2014 on a fellowship from the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnology Institute (ONAMI). Much of Nick’s work involves the evaluation and development of clients’ proprietary materials, including anode and cathode active materials, conductive additives, binders, separators, electrolytes, and current collectors, always with an eye towards manufacturability and scale up considerations. Nick earned a BS in Chemistry from Bates College and MS in Chemistry with a focus on Semiconductor Device Processing from the University of Oregon.

When he’s not in the lab, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and getting knocked around at the boxing gym.

To read more about Nick Gurnon, visit his Linked In site here…

GeraldGerald Corsiglia, Scientist, joined Polaris as a graduate (MS) chemist from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied asymmetric interactions of positrons with chiral organic crystalline materials. In addition, a lot of his undergraduate and graduate work was focused on photocatalytic hydrogen generation and polymer chemistry. He’s worked on everything from replacing catalysts in oil refineries and large scale production QC, to monitoring fermentation and wastewater treatment in a whiskey distillery.

In his free time he loves to lift heavy things, go dancing, and find new ways to make coffee.

To read more about Gerald Corsiglia, visit his Linked In site here…

Engineering Team

David Kelly, Senior Development EngineerDavid Kelly, Senior Development Engineer, originally joined Polaris Battery Labs having previously provided engineering solutions for various firms (including Intel) where he managed the design, development, testing, and release of multiple products.In an effort to shift his career focus, he returned to school and earned a BS in Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology, and then rejoined us here at Polaris. We are happy to have him back.

Outside the office, David enjoys many sports (Go Blazers!), learning new languages, and travel, having traveled to over 15 different countries on 5 continents.

DanielleVournasSmall92x100Danielle Vournas, Process Engineer, comes to Polaris as a graduate student seeking a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University. She received her BS in Renewable Energy Engineering from OIT; and her BA in Economics from Portland State University. Among other subjects, she has completed coursework in Electrochemistry, Fuel Cells, Batteries and Photovoltaics (PV) for Developing Countries, Materials for Renewable Energy Applications, power systems engineering, and control system design.She has experience designing and installing off-grid solar PV installations in Peru with Solar Hope. In a past life she worked in market research and business development, helping utility companies design energy efficiency programs for target customer markets, and more. Since switching to engineering she has developed a digital control scheme using synchrophasor data to implement generator droop control on a microgrid at OIT. At PSU she is developing a control scheme for pole slip remediation in an axial magnetic gear box connecting induction and permanent magnet machines.

To read more about Danielle Vournas, visit her Linked In site here…

Jim Wilferling, Development EngineerJim Wilferling, Development Engineer, joins Polaris as an engineering student at Oregon Institute of Technology. He is currently seeking a BS in Renewable Energy Engineering. Among other subjects, he has completed coursework in electrochemistry, electrical engineering, power systems, alternative energy sources, and 3D printing. He has served as President of the OIT Print 3D Club, and as an officer In the Associated Students of OIT-W and OIT Inventors Club, and was Communications Team Lead for TECH Talks Symposium.His projects have included work on a PWM single-phase square wave inverter, a dual-extruder reprat 3D printer, a 3D printed water electrolysis hydrogen generator, 3D printed iron-chromium redox flow batteries, 50-100-200 Ohm 3-phase resistive load bank for microgrid simulations.
Jim brings real world knowledge of 3D CAD design, lab management, fused-filament deposition, and an inventive spirit when it comes to new projects and materials.

To read more about Jim Wilferling, visit his Linked In site here…

Office Morale

Felix, office dogFelix, Office Dog, has been with Polaris since November 2015. He spent his first year of training as a Home Dog, earning the prestigious Attaboy Award, and earning numerous milk bone treats as a result of his ongoing studies. He loves his job as Morale Officer and is extremely gentle with newcomers, greeting them with a dignified smile and a wag. He has been adept at liaising with the local wildlife as well, and our visual for him is a sharply upward sloping graph showing continued skills acquirement and progressive growth. We are pleased to have him on the team.