Kenny works primarily on understanding the science behind porous electrode manufacturing and in applying continuum modeling to battery engineering. He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering at Caltech, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering at UIUC under Prof. Jon Higdon, and performed postdoctoral research at LBNL under Venkat Srinivasan (now at Argonne National Lab). He is the primary author of PyGDH https://sites.google.com/a/lbl.gov/pygdh/, an open-source Python package for solving user-specified discretized equations with the finite volume method (FVM) on 1D and simple 2D spatial domains.
Spot: Kenneth Higa - May 28th 2021
In recognition of the significant effort made to salvage the use of a newly acquired, significant piece of instrumentation with minimal support from the vendor that saved a research program in one of ETA's identified Key Initiatives.
Safety Spot: Kenny Higa - February 1st 2015
Kenny saw a large amount of smoke coming out of a cigarette disposal container in the Building 70 parking lot. Kenny got a fire extinguisher and extinguished the smoldering fire. Kenny's quick action and fire extinguisher training prevented a potential fire.