Brandon J. Hopkins is a mechanical engineering PhD candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Douglas P. Hart Laboratory. His current research 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 designed and analyzed 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. His primary research interests involve the design, analysis, and manufacturing of energy systems. His other research interests include machine design, manufacturing, structures, fluids, surfaces, electrochemistry, and product design.