Brandon J. Hopkins is a mechanical engineering PhD candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Douglas P. Hart Laboratory. His research interests include structures, fluids, and surfaces for energy systems. His current work focuses on self-discharge mitigation strategies in metal-air batteries. As a Master's candidate at MIT, he was part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) where he created gravity-driven flow battery architectures for semi-solid suspensions with Professors Yet-Ming Chiang and Alex Slocum. He received his Bachelor's from Harvard University and interned at Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.