Apurba Sakti joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in April 2014 as a postdoctoral associate and was promoted to a Research Scientist at the Energy Initiative in January 2016. Prior to MIT, Sakti was a graduate research assistant in the Vehicle Electrification Group at Carnegie Mellon University while completing his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy. For his doctoral dissertation, Sakti worked on the design and cost of Li-ion batteries and the associated public policy implications for personal vehicle electrification under the guidance of Jay Whitacre and Jeremy Michalek. His work has since been mentioned in the New York Times and is also being used by a start-up to improve battery manufacturing. Sakti has experience working with the United Nations Development Programme in Zagreb and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy in Washington, D.C. At MITEI, Sakti is focusing on different techno-economic aspects of energy storage systems.