60 Second Spotlight on Mushfiq Rahman, WMG
Ahead of the Innovations in Battery Design and Testing Seminar at Warwick Manufacturing Group on 18 July we caught up with Mushtiq Rahman to hear his thoughts on the topic.
Please briefly explain your current role and involvement in battery testing and design.
I am currently working as a Project Engineer in Battery Testing. My role involves supporting our industrial partners in conducting experimental research to answer some of the pressing questions around safety and performance of energy storage devices meant for the next generation of vehicles.
How would you say your industry has evolved over the past two years?
I think the industry has evolved very rapidly, geared towards electrification and the demand for expertise in relevant areas has followed suit.
What do you see as the key priorities for engineers in the battery testing/design field?
Improving the safety of high energy density batteries that are going to be used on commercial products.
What is the top challenge facing your industry at present?
Finding a sustainable technology for future energy storage devices while supporting the exponential growth in demand across different industries.
What key development/s in battery testing and design are you most interested in for the future and why?
I am interested in full scale pack testing for automotive vehicles because it is critical to ensure the safety of future road users.
What progress would you expect to be made in this field over the next 5 years?
The next generation automotive battery packs will have higher density large prismatic cells while improving on the safety aspects of these applications.
What will you be presenting at the EIS seminar and how will this benefit participants?
I will give an overview of the standard safety tests we perform on batteries at WMG. This will help the participants appreciate the importance of battery safety/abuse testing through example case studies.
Why is it important for engineers to join this event?
It will help engineers to be in sync with a fast-evolving industry.