Meeting the Challenge: 2017 ESS Safety Forum


Meeting the Challenge: 2017 ESS Safety Forum will provide a platform for discussing the current state of ESS Safety (ESS-S) and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliability.  This open forum will provide presenters an opportunity to present their work in ESS-S, and it will provide attendees the chance to see the work that is creating the future of ESS-S.

Confirmed Presenters

  • Dr. Imre Gyuk: U.S. Department of Energy
  • Partha Mukherjee: Texas A&M University
  • Bessma Aljarbou: Qnovo
  • Tim Riley: PyroPhobic Systems
  • Dan Steingart: Princeton University
  • Ankur Jain: University of Texas Arlington
  • Heather Barkholtz: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Judith Jeevarajan: Underwriters Laboratory
  • Steve Willard: Electric Power Research Institute
  • Arthur O’Donnell: California Public Utilities Commission
  • Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud: Consolidated Edison
  • Clifford Ho: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Andrew Blum: Fisher Engineering, Inc.
  • Paul Rogers: Fire Department of New York
  • Brian O’Connor and Andrew Klock: National Fire Protection Association
  • Howard Hopper: UL LLC
  • Bor Yann Liaw: Idaho National Laboratory
  • Josh Lamb: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Don Bender: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Hsin Wang: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Kevin Marr: University of Texas at Austin
  • John Hewson: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Ofodike Ezekoye: University of Texas at Austin
  • Erik Spoerke: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Nick Warner: DNV GL
  • Benjamin Ditch: FM Global
  • Hiroyuki Kubo: NITE
  • Laurie Florence: Underwriters Laboratory
  • Roger Lin: NEC Energy Solutions
  • David Conover: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Vilayanur Viswanathan: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Meeting the Challenge: 2017 ESS Safety Forum will be held at the historic La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico from February 22-24, 2017.


Sandia has reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate of $99 single/double, plus applicable taxes. These rates are reserved for Forum attendees on a first come, first served basis through January 30th.   Reservations can be made online here or by calling the La Fonda Hotel at toll free 1-800-523-5002 or (505) 982-5511.



There are two shuttle options available for transportation from the Albuquerque International Sunport to Santa Fe:

Sandia Shuttle

RoadRunneR Shuttle & Charter

  • (505) 424-3367
  • Daily Door-to-door shared ride shuttle and private ride charters from the Albuquerque International Sunport to Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola and surrounding areas.