The adoption of disruptive forces can be negative when the adoption of new innovations increases risk and the obsolescence of prior investments.
As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Vincent Pluvinage, PhD.
Vincent Pluvinage, PhD, is the CEO and co-founder of OneD Battery Sciences which has developed SINANODE®, a set of technologies that “supercharge” the amount of energy stored, speed of charging, power delivered to EV batteries.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit about your “backstory”? What led you to this particular career path?
Growing up in Belgium, I was surrounded by science and always had a passion for applying my scientific background to enhance the human experience. My mother obtained a PhD in biochemistry, and my father was a physician. I began studying both medicine and physics for my undergraduate degree in applied physics engineering at Univeriste Catholique de Louvain, and at the same time, I became interested in bioengineering. At that time, Belgium didn’t offer a bioengineering degree, so I came to the United States to be trained in bioengineering research during each summer, and obtained a Belgian American Education Foundation fellowship to go to the US for graduate school.
For my PhD at the University of Michigan, I spent four years studying signal processing in the retina of snapping turtles — I’ll spare you the details, but if you ever have questions about this narrow field, I’m your guy!
Meanwhile, AT&T Bell Labs reached out to me regarding a venture developing sound processing for people who are hard of hearing. I explained the similarities between the ranges of seeing dim and bright light, and how it correlates to hearing soft and loud sounds — I suppose my findings impressed them because they offered me a job right on the spot. I was tasked with designing a programmable sound processing chip for…