JOPLIN, Mo., Aug. 22 EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, aleading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space andcommercial industries, announced today that Viet Vu has joined the company asvice president of technology.
In this newly created strategic position, Vu is responsible for the designand development of new technology power sources for the defense, space,medical and commercial applications. He will serve an instrumental role inimplementing the company's strategy to aggressively grow its lithium-ionbattery business. His primary responsibilities include resource planning,organization, control, integration, and completion of engineering initiativesincluding systems integration, prototyping, testing, and technologydevelopment and commercialization.
"I am pleased to welcome Viet to the EaglePicher Technologies team," saidSteve Westfall, president and CEO of EaglePicher Technologies. "With morethan 25 years of research and development experience, Viet will be a greatasset as we continue to develop cutting-edge technologies to meet the needs ofour defense, space, medical and commercial customers."
Vu joins EaglePicher Technologies with more than 27 years of experience inconsumer products research and development. Most recently, he was vicepresident and chief scientist at Rayovac (formerly Spectrum Brands) where heled a team of 50 professionals, including two research and developmentlaboratories with multimillion-dollar budgets. While at Rayovac, Vu receivedthe 2003 Popular Science Best of What's New Award for developing the world'sfirst and fastest 15-minute rechargeable NiMH battery. He also developed theworld's highest energy density battery for military applications. Beforejoining Rayovac, Vu was program manager at Proctor and Gamble's Gillettedivision (formerly Duracell) and senior R&D engineer at Saft America where heworked on the development of lithium-ion batteries at Saft's Bordeaux, France,facility.
Vu holds a bachelor's degree in paper science and engineering from theUniversity of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and a master's degree in materials fromthe University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He has authored and co-authored morethan 60 U.S. and international patents.
He will work from EaglePicher Technologies' new 24,000 sq ftstate-of-the-art research and development center in Joplin, Mo. The newfacility develops lithium-ion cells and batteries for military, aircraft,railcar, and a variety of other high-end industrial applications.
EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an EaglePicher company, is the leadingproducer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space andcommercial industries, and provides the most experience and broadestcapability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the UnitedStates. EaglePicher Technologies offers a wide range of battery technologyincluding thermal, nickel hydrogen, lithium carbonmonofluoride, lithiumthionyl chloride, lithium manganese dioxide, lithium sulfur dioxide, lithiumion, reserve lithium oxyhalide, custom battery assemblies and silver zincbatteries. They also provide other energy products and pyrotechnic devicesfor the defense industry, as well as advanced battery chargers and other powersolutions for business, industrial and recreational applications. EaglePicherTechnologies is headquartered in Joplin, Mo. For more information, visitwww.eaglepicher.com.
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