Dr. Jin Yan originally came from Tianjin China. She is now a Senior Product Development Engineer of General Capacitor in charge of new product design and related research work. She graduated from Florida State University with a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering in 2016. Before working in GC, she was research assistant in High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) located near College of Engineering for 5 years. Her project there was carbon-based fiber-shaped photovoltaic cells with organic electrolyte, which is also related to energy storage and harvesting. In 2014, she was awarded by Zonta International with Amelia Earhart Fellowship.The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe. Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force. Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta awards 35 Fellowships each year.
She has been working as senior product engineer in GC for two years. In these two years, she was the lead engineer for several GC projects, such as the U.S. Army CERDEC R&D project, FSU jointed project and Honeywell jointed research projects. She was also the lead engineer for the awarded project which is about $1.8M from U.S. Army CERDEC to develop hybrid energy storage system for tactical microgrids. With her expertise in energy storage and harvesting research field, she has published 10 peer-reviewed journal papers and presented her work in more than 10 conferences. She also has 2 U.S. patent applications related to battery and capacitor. She has more than 7 years of R&D experience in the area of solar cells, Li-ion capacitors and batteries.