Austin Sendek is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Physics working primarily with Professor Evan Reed. Sendek’s research focuses on leveraging machine learning to accelerate the discovery and design process for materials for solid-state lithium ion batteries. More generally, Sendek is interested in making the innovation process in energy and environmental technologies smarter, leaner, and faster. Sendek has served as the Vice President and Co-President of the Stanford Energy Club, and was a member of the 2016 cohort of the Woods Institute’s Rising Environmental Leaders Program. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from the University of California, Davis.