Cary Pint named to ’20 Under 40’ by American Society for Engineering Education

Creating products that also function as ‘energy depots’ offers tremendous potential because “there are so many materials and technologies where energy storage can be integrated,” says Cary Pint.

Cary Pint
Cary Pint

Pint, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, was named to the American Society for Engineering Education’s Top 20 Under 40 last week.

The list is the cover story for the current issue of ASEE Prism, the society’s monthly magazine. The article titled, Young & Inspired, features 20 talented engineering faculty under 40. Read the full story here.

Pint was cited for his research on energy storage systems, including supercapacitors, metal-ion and metal-air batteries.

“All areas of modern technology are ultimately enabled or limited by the systems that provide power. My passion for research in energy systems is seeded in my core belief that innovation in energy technology provides a roadmap for the development of systems that can solve or alleviate large-scale global problems in the future,” Pint said.

Pint says his ultimate goal is to develop materials and systems to replace the limited fossil fuel energy resources and create integration of energy storage materials with other platforms such as structural materials and energy harvesting for grid-scale applications.

His lab – Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory – brought to Vanderbilt its first two atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems, relatively small tools that deposit atomically thin layers of material on virtually any surface. The lab also houses a host of tools for new carbon and non-carbon fabrication, and the ability to test materials for a diverse number of applications.

Pint appeared in Forbes’ 2012 30-under-30 list of rising stars of science where he was cited for his work on solid-state energy storage.

Pint joined the Vanderbilt engineering faculty in 2012 from Intel Labs in Santa Clara, Calif., where he was a research scientist in the Extreme Technology Research Group. Pint earned a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice University and he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the electrical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prism is the flagship publication of the American Society for Engineering Education, a non-profit association of more than 12,000 engineering faculty members, U.S. colleges of engineering and engineering technology, corporations, and other organizations dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering and engineering technology education. Former Vanderbilt Engineering Dean Kenneth F. Galloway, Distinguished Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the recent past president of the ASEE.

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