Having built this kind of reputation in the energy storage field, it’s no surprise that the Research Corporation for Science Advancement came calling, naming Yao a Scialog Fellow in their newly created category – wait for it – “Advanced Energy Storage” (AES). Scialog (a mixture of science and dialog): AES is a program involving early career rising stars interested in pursuing collaborative, high risk, highly impactful discovery research on untested ideas applicable to creating breakthroughs in energy storage.
“I am honored to be named a Scialog Fellow. The program director invited me to apply. A senior professor in the battery community had nominated me based on my work over the last five years,” said Yao. “I think it’s recognition of my prior work.”