Our Amazing Team

While Polaris Battery Labs has a clean and comprehensive laboratory to make your ideas a reality, it is our amazing team that really makes Polaris so effective, friendly, and capable. Meet us here.

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Doug Morris

President

email:dmorris@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel: +1 678.591.1171

Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Sonoma State University, California, and several US Patents and patent awards. Doug’s expertise, with over thirty years of battery experience, is in Business Development. Doug is the heart and soul of Polaris, and sets the amiable culture for the lab and office.

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Curtiss Renn, PhD

Senior Scientist, Chemist

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

Senior Scientist, PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. Curtiss is an expert on Mix, Coat, and Rheology, but his signature artistry is in almost everything that goes on in Polaris. He is also cherished in the office for his culinary skills. Ask him about his special barbecue spice mixtures!

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Nick Gurnon

Senior Scientist

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

MS in Semiconductor Device Processing from the University of Oregon. Nick's focus is in mix, coating, and rheology. He is also a Muay Thai savant, so you just watch yourself!

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Gerald Corsiglia

Scientist

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

MS in Chemistry, University of Missouri, expertise in mix, coat and cell assembly. Gerald is a valuable addition to the team. He also has the amazing skill of being able to out-eat everyone in the lab...everyone, altogether, at one sitting, any meal, any time.

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Colin Hiatt

Chemical Lab Technician

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

MS in Chemistry from Portland State University. Colin comes to Polaris with 7 years of lab experience and is a formidable presence in getting things DONE. He is also a Dark Souls gamer and a guitarist. His favorite beverage is fine Scotch, neat.

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David Kelly

Senior Development Engineer

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

BS in Renewable Energy from Oregon Institute of Technology. David's expertise includes cell design, assembly processes, and the intricacies of testing untried materials. David enjoys international travel and brings us back tales of wonder.

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Christian Diaz

Process Engineer

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

BS in Applied Physics from Portland State University. Christian has been in batteries since 2015, was a startup researcher for 2 years and comes to us with excellent references and wonderful praise offered by many of our clients. He loves sailing and, true to his Portland heritage, IPA beers.

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Shelly Whitlock

Business and Process Development Manager

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

MS in Renewable Energy Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology with specialties in Energy Storage and Systems Engineering. Shelly has been in battery R&D for a startup for 3 years and comes with a unique mix of business development and process engineering skills. She is also a French hornist in bands all around Portland and enjoys long distance backpacking with her Husky, Lola.

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Felix

Office Dog

email:felix@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

Office Dog, winner of the prestigious Attaboy Award, as well as First Prize Holder in the brat eating contest. Felix focuses on morale and greeting guests with a friendly wag. He specializes in playing chase around the tables. Just TRY to catch him!

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Nolan Morris

Design Engineer

email:info@polarisbatterylabs.com

tel:+1 971.246.5066

BS in Industrial Design from the Art Institute of Portland, Nolan's focus is on rapid design and implementation of customized tooling. With 5 years of professional experience designing in Solidworks, there isn't much he CAN'T make. He also enjoys a snowy mountain and running with his dogs in the summer.