Skip to content

2023 South Carolina Battery Symposium

‘South Carolina’s Growing Battery Industry’


Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) 

May 16th 1:00 pm-6:30 pm (CU-ICAR AT&T Auditorium)

May 17th 8:00 am-1:00 pm (CU-ICAR Campbell Center)


Join the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance, Clemson University, and companies participating in South Carolina’s growing battery supply chain and hear where the future is heading. Single-day or Multi-day tickets are available.



Governor Henry Dargan McMaster, a longtime public servant of South Carolina, was born May 27, 1947, in Columbia, South Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Carolina in 1969 and as an undergraduate was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and the South Carolina Student Legislature.

In 1973, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the South Carolina Law Review. Later that year, he was admitted to the Richland County Bar Association. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, receiving an honorable discharge in 1975.

Upon graduation from law school, he was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington, D.C., and joined the law firm of Tompkins and McMaster in 1974. He was later admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Governor McMaster practiced law for over 40 years, as a federal and state prosecutor and in private practice in both state and federal courts.

Christoph Baum IPT © Sarah Thelen-69_10x15 (1)

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Baum is the managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT since June 2018. He studied mechanical engineering in Aachen, Málaga (Spain) and Beijing (China), specializing in design and development. In addition to his diploma in engineering from RWTH Aachen University, he graduated with a Master of Science degree from Tsinghua University (China). In January 2017 he received his doctorate in engineering from RWTH Aachen University with his dissertation “Process and machine development for multi-step micro hot stamping”, for which he was awarded the Borchers Medal of RWTH Aachen University. Christoph Baum has been working at the Fraunhofer IPT since September 2006 and was responsible for the “Center for Precision and Microtechnology (ZPM)” between 2008 and 2010. In 2010, Christoph Baum became head of the “High-precision and specialist machines” group and, from 2013, head of the “Ultra-precision machines ” group. From January 2015 to June 2016 he was head of the “Ultra Precision technology and plastics replication” department and from July 2016 to the end of May 2018 head of the “Precision Machines” department at the Fraunhofer IPT. As coordinator of several international research projects, Christoph Baum developed various technologies for the microstructuring of large surfaces and expanded the competence of the Fraunhofer IPT into the field of continuous roll-to-roll production. Christoph Baum is co-founder of the Fraunhofer spin-off Polyscale GmbH & Co. KG and since July 2016 Managing Director of the “Forschungsgemeinschaft Ultrapräzisionstechnik e.V.”.


Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye joined Clemson in 1992 as an assistant professor. He was named chairman of the industrial engineering department in 2003 and assistant to the dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences in 2010. In 2011, he was appointed associate vice president for workforce development. Anand Gramopadhye assumed the position of Dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences on July 1, 2013. He now oversees 12 departments.

  • Principal Investigator on more than 75 research grants and awards generating more than $45 million in funding.
  • More than 300 publications and a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Recognized twice by the National Academy of Engineering through the Frontiers in Engineering Program as one of the top 60 engineers in the country
  • Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

Panel Discussion, “South Carolina’s Growing Battery Supply Chain”, featuring: 

B Yetki portrait photo 2
Screenshot 2023-04-17 at 12.10.21 PM

David Klanecky is the Chief Executive Officer of Cirba Solutions. His impressive, over 25-year career is in research & development, operations, commercial, and strategic leadership roles across numerous innovative industries, including the global lithium business, energy storage, and several specialty materials industries. While working at Piedmont Lithium, Albemarle, and Dow Chemical he had expansive assignments in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and China, that brought out his passion for travel and culture. He is a Chemical Engineer with an Executive MBA in Global Management, and focuses on safety, operations, talent development, and innovation.


Bahadir Yetki is a global leader with 30 years’ of C-suite and board-level experience and expertise in international and multinational infrastructure investment & development, energy, and contracting industries. He has demonstrated the proven ability to implement growth strategies and direct large-scale infrastructure investment and development companies and projects to include renewable power generation.  He currently serves as chief executive officer of Kontrolmatik Technologies and Pomega Energy Storage Technologies and is a board member and senior advisor for infrastructure, energy, and consulting companies active on a global scale. He previously served in global markets as president and board member of BBMRED International, CEO of KLK Contracting Co, CEO of KAT Development and Investment, and CEO of Adali Holding. Mr. Yetki also served as Vice Chairman of the Board for AKFEN Holding overseeing several infrastructure investments.


Rich Everly was one of the first associates hired at BMW Manufacturing in 1990s when the company announced it would build its first full manufacturing plant outside of Germany. Everly began his BMW career at Plant Spartanburg managing the materials planning group. Over the years, he gained broad experiences in both project management and operations management – including product, process, and structure planning as well as manufacturing, modular build, installation, and commissioning. Everly managed the construction of a second greenfield paint shop that included several environmental innovations for the BMW Group.

In 2015, Everly was named vice president of Paint Shop. During this time, he led the paint shop team in running two paint manufacturing lines for series production. In 2023, Everly became responsible for the Gen 6 High Voltage Battery project for BMW Manufacturing. With this project, the BMW Group recently announced a $1.7 billion investment in U.S. operations, including $1 billion to prepare for the production of battery electric vehicles at Plant Spartanburg and an additional $700 million to build a new high-voltage battery assembly facility in nearby Woodruff, South Carolina. By 2030 BMW Group will build at least six fully electric models in the U.S.

Day 2 will include 4 Technical Sessions with contributors providing a 20 min presentation + 10 min Q&A.
Presenters are a mix of private sector and academic contributors

Session 1 –  Advanced Battery Materials : “Beyond Li” Advanced Materials – solid state / supercapacitors/ new chemistries

Facilitator | David Clayton – Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

Dr. Apparao Rao – Clemson University | Beyond-lithium Ion Batteries

Dr. Foelke Purr – Fraunhofer IST | Scalable Processing of all-solid state-batteries

Dr. William Mustain – USC | Materials and Electrolyte Advances for Li and Zn-Based Batteries

Harold Singletary – Bright Ma Farms Energy Storage Technology | Hemp Derived Carbon as a Climate Smart Raw Materials for a Sustainable Future of Battery Applications

Dr. Goli Jalilvand – USC | Low-Cost Processing of Highly Durable Sulfur Cathodes for Li-S Batteries


Session 2 – Battery Production (Cell & Pack): Factory Planning, Manufacturing Operations, Sourcing & Supply Chain

8:00am | Jannes Ophey – Fraunhofer ISIT | Process innovations at Fraunhofer ISIT for future battery cell production

8:30am | Dr. Mark Johnson – Clemson University | Potential for Battery Cell & Pack Production, Supply Chains and Sourcing for South Carolina

9:00am | Dr. Daniel Carl – Fraunhofer IPM | Live-Virtual | E-mobility series production demands new approaches for quality control: Why optical methods are game-changers for hundred percent inline inspection

9:30am | Walter Kaufmann – P3 | Revitalizing the Local Value Chain: Ramping up New Suppliers while Overcoming Labor Changes


Session 3 – Battery Recycling/Second Life: Disassembly, Design for Re-X, Storage and Handling

Facilitator | Suzanne Dickerson – SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance | SC Competes

Dr. Sabri Baazouzi – Fraunhofer IPA | Automated Disassembly Solutions for Efficient Circulatory of Battery Systems

Troy Thennis – Cirba Solutions | Sustainable Solutions to Meet the Changing Needs of a Closed Loop EV Battery Supply Chain

Dr. Josh Tong – Clemson University | Advanced Manufacturing of LLZO Materials and Their Applications


Session 4 – Battery Performance & Safety: Testing, BMS Software & Control, Electrochemical Diagnostics

Facilitator | Dr. Marcel Schaefer – SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance

Dr. Jeff Zhang – Clemson University

Dr. Thomas Schwoerer – Zeltwanger | Batteries and Safety Leak Testing, Equipment from SC supports the Nation’s Energy Transition

Brian Morin – Soteria Battery Innovation Group | Using a Wholistic Approach and Innovative Technology to Advance Battery Safety

Dr. Xinyu Huang – USC | Mechanical abuse tolerance of high-capacity lithium-ion batteries for electrical vehicles

Chloe Durham – Chargepoint

The 2023 Battery Symposium is Sponsored By

Soteria Logo - No Background