Y. Shirley Meng received her PhD in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005, after which she worked as a postdoc research fellow and became a research scientist at MIT. Shirley is currently the Associate Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science, University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center (http://spec.ucsd.edu). Shirley received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011, UCSD Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013 and Frontier of Innovation Award in 2014, as well as Science Award in Electrochemistry by BASF and Volkswagen in 2014. Her research group - Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) – focuses on functional nano and micro-scale materials for energy storage and conversion. The more recent programs include the design, synthesis, processing, and operando characterization of energy storage materials in advanced rechargeable batteries; new intercalation materials for sodium ion batteries; and advanced flow batteries for grids large scale storage. Shirley is the author and co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter and two patents. She is the founding director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC) at UCSD, which focuses on making breakthroughs in distributed energy generation, storage and accompanying power-management systems.