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Powering the Flying Cars of the Future: A Q&A with Shashank Sripad

November 16, 2021

Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction — but are they closer than we think? And what would it take to make them climate-friendly, electric flying cars?

Shashank Sripad, a doctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, has set out to answer these questions. In this episode of Aionics Fortnightly, Shashank will discuss the two main questions for urban electric aircraft: what is their energy efficiency versus ground-based vehicles, and are batteries up to the task?

After discussing these key questions, which are explored in detail in a recently published paper by Shashank and his CMU colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (link to paper), the floor will be opened for audience Q&A. Make sure not to miss this fascinating session, and bring your questions with you!

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    Guest bio

    Shashank Sripad

    Shashank Sripad

    Ph.D. Candidate at Carnegie Mellon

    Shashank Sripad is a Presidential Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University advised by Venkat Viswanathan. His academic research focuses on modeling, simulation, and testing of Li-ion and Li-metal batteries for electrified terrestrial and aerial mobility systems. His work has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, MIT Technology Review, Quartz, Axios, and other media outlets where he also regularly critiques developments in the electric mobility and Li-ion battery space. He holds a Master’s degree in Energy Science and Policy from Carnegie Mellon and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

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    • Dr. Austin Sendek

      Dr. Austin Sendek

      CEO, Aionics Inc