Eric McShane joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Get Lit Technologies in Menlo Park, California. He brings to the company his expertise in building electrochemical systems, having designed lithium-ion battery, nitrogen reduction, and lithium extraction systems in his graduate and postdoctoral studies. As CEO at Get Lit, Eric is responsible for cell engineering and product distribution strategy.
Get Lit Technologies is developing a proprietary electrochemical process which converts low grade saltwater brines into lithium chemicals for batteries. Their approach will unlock large swaths of North American brine resources which have conventionally been neglected due to low lithium concentrations. Through the Fellows program, Get Lit will scale-up their technology and determine its commercial readiness across a variety of natural resources.
Eric earned his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at Cornell University and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a proud self-learner and has used online videos to learn more about the inner workings of the lithium supply chain and engineering projects, shaping his current work.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Take risks when you’re young, or you’ll regret it later in life.
Who has had the greatest impact on your career path?
My mom. No matter what I end up doing, I aspire to work as hard as she has.
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