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  • Shawn Edward Litster 323 Scaife Hall Tel: 412.268.3050

    5000 Forbes Avenue Fax: 412.268.3348

    Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA www.

    Shawn Edward Litster 1 22/12/14

    Education Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

    Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, July 2008

    Advisor: Juan G. Santiago

    Thesis: Active water management for proton exchange membrane fuel cells using integrated

    wicks and electroosmotic pumps

    Graduate Coursework: Fluid mechanics, Applied mathematics, Computational fluid

    dynamics, Heat transfer, Microfluidics, Thermodynamics.

    University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

    M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, June 2005

    Advisor: Ned Djilali

    Thesis: Mathematical Modelling of Fuel Cells for Portable Devices

    Lieutenant Governors Silver Medal for Most Outstanding Masters Thesis, all faculties

    Graduate Coursework: Fluid mechanics, Computational methods, Microfluidics, Fuel cells,


    B.Eng. With Distinction, Mechanical Engineering, June 2004

    Co-op program

    Camosun College, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Diploma, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Machine Design Option, June 2000

    Academic Positions Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, 2013- present

    Courtesy Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering, 2014-present

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, 2008 to 2013

    Director, Laboratory for Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems

    Director, X-ray Computed Tomography Facility

    Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

    Graduate Research Assistant, 2005-2008

    Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Research Assistant, 2002- 2005

    UVic CFD Lab, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Research Assistant, 2002

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    Teaching and Supervisory Experience Undergraduate Courses

    24-231: Fluid Mechanics, Spring 2013, 2013

    24-324: Energy & Thermal System Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University, Fall 2009, 2011

    24-331: Viscous Flow, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2009, Fall 2011

    Graduate Courses

    24-624: Fuel Cell Systems, Fall 2013, 2014

    24-722: Energy Systems Modeling, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, Fall 2012

    Visiting Scholars

    Dr. Bo Ki Hong, Senior Engineer, Hyundai Motor Company, Fall 2014-present.

    Ph.D. Students

    1. Tim Hsu, Material heterogeneity in fuel cells, co-advised with P. Salvador, Sept. 2014-present. 2. Siddharth Komini Babu, Structure and Transport in Pt-free fuel cells, Sept. 2013-present. 3. Alex Mohamed, Conductive polymer binders, co-advised with J. Whitacre, Sept. 2013-present. 4. Arjun Kumar, X-ray CT computation, co-advised by Y. Zhang, July 2013-present 5. Pratiti Mandal, Nano-scale X-ray CT, Aug. 2012-present. 6. Michael Burkholder, Non-linear diagnostics for fuel cells, Fall 2011-present. 7. Iryna Zenyuk, Interface effects in PEFC electrodes, Fall 2009 - Fall 2013. 8. William Epting, Oxygen transport in fuel cells, Fall 2009-present. 9. Nicholas Siefert, Fuel cell system analysis, Spring 2009 - Spring 2013. 10. Katherine Hess, Potential sensing in porous electrodes, Spring 2009 - Spring 2013.

    Masters Students

    1. Dinesh Sabarirajan, Fuel cell electrode fabrication, Fall 2013-Fall 2014. 2. Hang Liu, Oxygen transport in PEFCs, Fall 2012- Summer 2014. 3. Seongjin An, Microscale diagnostics for electrodes, Spring 2012-Spring 2014. 4. Ramon Medina Rijos, Micro-injection of electrodes, Fall 2011- Summer 2013. 5. Jingyi Yan, Nanostructured fuel cell electrodes, Fall 2011-Summer 2013. 6. Siddharth Komini Babu, Nanostructured electrodes, Fall 2011-Summer 2013. 7. Joo Yeob Lee, Modeling of ion transport in electrodes, Fall 2010-Spring 2012. 8. Cheng-Han Chen, Modeling of miniature fuel cells, Spring 2010 -Summer 2011. 9. Chi-Hsin Ho, Two-phase flow in fuel cell micro-channels, Fall 2009-Spring 2010. 10. Xiaoxin Su, Modeling miniature fuel cells, Fall 2009-Spring 2011. 11. Ssu-Chieh Yu, PEM fuel cell electrode fabrication, Fall 2009 - Fall 2010. 12. Paul Jones, Thermal and water management for miniature fuel cells, Spring 2009. 13. Sang Ho Yoon, Modeling parallel channels in PEM fuel cells, Fall 2008. 14. Fevzi Kivanc, Electroosmosis of the 2nd kind, Fall 2008 - Spring 2010.

    Undergraduate Students

    1. Ben Neiman, Electrode spraying, Summer 2014-Fall 2014 2. Victor Yan, Two-phase flow experiments, Summer 2014-Fall 2014 3. Ali McNulty Alkaline fuel cells, Summer 2014

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    4. Brian DeVincentis, Two-phase flow simulation, Fall 2013-Fall 2014 5. Allen Miller, X-ray CT & thick electrodes, Summer 2013-Spring 2014 6. Victor Medina, Fuel cell modeling, Spring 2012-Spring 2013. 7. Michael Saitta (CIT Honors), Non-linear two-phase flow modeling, Spring 2012-Spring 2013. 8. John Boyle (CIT Honors), Microscale fuel cell diagnostics, Fall 2010-Spring 2011. 9. Tema Yaravitz (Dept. Honors), Fuel cell catalyst layer fabrication, Fall 2010-Spring 2011. 10. Colin OShea, Modeling two-phase flow in fuel cell micro-channels, Spring 2010-Fall 2011 11. Michael Burkholder (CIT Honors), Two-phase flow in fuel cells, Fall 2009-Spring 2010. 12. Paul Jones, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Spring 2009. 13. Jarrett Valeri (Dept. Honors), Voltage Measurement in PEFCs, Fall 2008 - Spring 2009.

    Professional Experience Angstrom Power Incorporated, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Research Engineer, 2003

    Extensive review of low temperature fuel cell electrode design practices and fabrication processes in literature and patents.

    Analysis of microstructured fuel cell design with CFD software.

    Analysis and optimization of electric current paths in microstructured fuel cells.

    Abitibi Consolidated Incorporated, Newsprint Division, Mackenzie, BC, Canada

    Project Engineering Co-op Student, 2001

    Project management and mechanical design.

    Honors and Awards First place (with S. Komini Babu), Student poster competition, Gordon Research Conference on Fuel

    Cells, Aug. 8, 2014. Poster title: Modeling Hierarchial Non-Precious Metal Catalyst Cathodes

    for PEFCs using Multi-Scale X-ray CT Imaging.

    Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering, 2014.

    First place (with I. Zenyuk), PEFC Symposium Poster Competition, Fall Meeting of the

    Electrochemical Society, Oct. 30, 2013. Poster title: Coupling of deterministic contact

    mechanics model and two-phase model to study the effect of catalyst layer| microporous layer

    interface on polymer electrolyte fuel cell performance.

    Best of Posters selection (with I. Zenyuk), Spatially-Resolved Modeling of Species Transport and

    the Oxygen Reduction Reaction Inside a Water-Filled Mesopore in a PEFC Cathode, Gordon

    Research Conference (GRC) on Fuel Cells. Smithfield, RI, August 3-8, 2012. Selected for a 15

    min talk during the meeting.

    George Tallman Ladd Research Award, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 2011

    National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2011.

    Best poster award (with I. Zenyuk), Symposium of the International Association for Hydrogen

    Energy, Penn State University, April 17, 2010.

    Best student paper award (2nd author) - Advanced Energy Systems Division, 2007 ASME IMECE,

    Seattle, Wa, November 11-15, 2007.

    Best student/post-doctoral oral presentation award, PEM fuel cell system sessions, 210th Meeting of

    The Electrochemical Society, Cancun, Mexico, 2006

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    Lieutenant Governors Silver Medal for Top Masters Thesis, All faculties, University of Victoria,


    Canada Graduate Scholarship for Doctorate, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council

    (NSERC), Declined award due to tenure at a university outside of Canada, 2005

    Postgraduate Scholarship for Doctorate with Foreign Tenure, NSERC, 2005/2006

    Canada Graduate Scholarship for Masters, NSERC, 2004/2005

    Canadian Space Agency NSERC Supplement, Canadian Space Agency, 2004/2005

    Presidents Research Scholarship, University of Victoria, 2004/2005

    Deans List (Top 10% graduating GPA in engineering), 2004

    Presidents Scholarship (PT), University of Victoria, 2003

    Cunliffe Engineering Scholarship, University of Victoria, 2002

    Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), NSERC, 2002

    Spaghetti Bridge Competition, Camosun College, 1st place in max strength test and innovative

    design categories. Awarded a semester of tuition paid, 1999

    Publications (supervised researchers in bold) Book chapters

    1. A. Kumar, P. Mandal, Y. Zhang, S. Litster, Image Restoration of Phase Contrast Nano Scale X-ray CT Images, In Computational Modeling of Objects Presented in Images. Fundamentals,

    Methods, and Applications, Springer, pp. 280-285, 2014.

    2. S. Litster, Micropumps In B. Bhushan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, S