Meet Our Experts
Doug 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.
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!
When he’s not in the lab, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and getting knocked around at the boxing gym.
Gerald 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.
David 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.
Danielle 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.
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.