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Straubel will discuss trending industry topics that include batteries, energy storage and solar power at ADM Cleveland, which takes place on March 29 and 30, 2017.

PlasticsToday Staff

February 22, 2017

2 Min Read
Tesla co-founder JB Straubel to deliver keynote at Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland event

Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Tesla Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) JB Straubel will be the featured keynote presenter at the inaugural Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland, Northeast Ohio's only comprehensive design and manufacturing event. Event organizer UBM (Santa Monica, CA), which also produces PlasticsToday, made the announcement today.

Photo of JB Straubel courtesy Rudolf Simon/Wikimedia Commons.

Straubel will discuss trending industry topics that include batteries, energy storage and solar power at ADM Cleveland, which takes place on March 29 and 30, 2017, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.

Straubel got the electric vehicle bug at an early age: He rebuilt an electric golf cart when he was 14 and constructed a hybrid trailer system that he designed while in college at Stanford. He received a B.S. in energy systems engineering and an M.S. in energy engineering with an emphasis on energy conversion. In 2008, Straubel was chosen by the MIT Technology Review as the top innovator on its "35 under 35" list, and PlasticsToday's sister brand Design News named Straubel engineer of the year in 2009. More recently, Straubel was ranked second on Fortune magazine's "40 under 40 most influential business and innovation leaders."

Today, Straubel manages the technical direction and engineering design of Tesla products, including battery technology, power electronics, motors, software, firmware and controls. He also created and manages many important Tesla initiatives, including the Tesla Energy business providing grid storage for commercial utilities and residential consumers; the worldwide Tesla Supercharger network of fast DC chargers; and the Tesla Gigafactory. Straubel has also served on the Board of Directors for Solar City and is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University.

In addition to Straubel's keynote presentation, ADM Cleveland has scheduled more than 25 hours of free educational conferences. ADM Cleveland also features hundreds of suppliers exhibiting products and services in five industry zones devoted to plastics, automation and robotics, design engineering, medical technology and packaging.

For more information and to register to attend, go to the ADM Cleveland website.

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