Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology     Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. mechanical engineering, GPA 4.9/5.0     2013–Present

M.S. mechanical engineering, GPA 4.8/5.0     2011–2013

 

Harvard University     Cambridge, MA

B.A. engineering sciences, GPA 3.7/4.0     May 2011


Research & Design Experience

Douglas P. Hart Laboratory (MIT)      Cambridge, MA

Created high-power, energy-dense aluminum-air battery for electric vehicles that experiences no long-term open-circuit corrosion using underwater oleophobic anode and cathode surfaces. 2015–present

 

Akamai Technologies, Inc.     Cambridge, MA

Created a method to destructively sanitize solid-state drives (SSDs) that reduced sanitization costs by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Summer 2015

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory     Livermore, CA

Designed, programmed, and fabricated ultralight, ultrastiff 3D-metal-printed cellular structures for aerospace applications using OpenSCAD and Netfabb. Summer 2014

 

Precision Engineering Research Group (MIT)     Cambridge, MA

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)

Created and patented a high energy density flow battery for grid storage applications.  Performed cost analyses, modeling, and optimization of structural/fluid system to stop viscous fingering induced flow instabilities.  Co-first author and first author of papers published in Energy & Environmental Science and Journal of Power Sources. 2012–2014

 

Resolute Marine Energy     Cambridge, MA 

Created a set of analytical tools verified with FEA and experimentally tested to design a pressure-smoothing device used in wave-powered desalination systems for Resolute Marine Energy.  First author of paper published in Journal of Energy Resources Technology. 2011–2012

 

Spirit AeroSystems     Wichita, KS

Visited Spirit AeroSystems manufacturing plant and worked with management to improve machine design and manufacturing processes with a team of 5 engineers. March 2012

 

Harvard University     Cambridge, MA 

Designed, built, and tested a proof-of-concept prototype of an implantable AV-shunt flow modulator with a team of 3 engineers and 2 physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  First author of paper published in Journal of Medical Devices. Spring 2011

 

Harvard Biorobotics Laboratory     Cambridge, MA 

Designed, built, and tested fingertip mechanical impedance analyzer with neurologist from Arizona State University to improve robotic hand design. Summer 2010

 

Westervelt Research Group (Harvard)     Cambridge, MA

Designed, programmed, and tested a multi-touch interface for a microfluidic chip that allows users to view and manipulate living biological cells with a touchscreen in real time. Summer 2009


Publications, Patents, & Presentations

Publications 

Chen, X.*, Hopkins, B. J.*, Helal, A., Fan, F. Y., Smith, K. C., Li, Z., ... & Chiang, Y. M. (2016). A low-dissipation, pumpless, gravity-induced flow battery. Energy & Environmental Science, 9(5), 1760-1770.

 

Hopkins, B. J., Smith, K. C., Slocum, A. H., & Chiang, Y. M. (2015). Component-cost and performance based comparison of flow and static batteries. Journal of Power Sources, 293, 1032-1038.

 

Hopkins, B. J., Padhye, N., Greenlee, A., Torres, J., Thomas, L., Ljubicic, D. M., ... & Slocum, A. H. (2014). Damping Pressure Pulsations in a Wave-Powered Desalination System. Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 136(2), 021205.

 

Hopkins, B. J., Wu, H., Marks, W. H., Quan, Q., Kesner, S., Ozaki, C. K., & Walsh, C. (2012). Hemodialysis Graft Resistance Adjustment Device. Journal of Medical Devices, 6(2), 021011.

 

* equal contribution

 

Patents

Hopkins, B. J. & Riggle, K. A. (2015). U.S. Patent Application No. 14/831,370.

 

Hopkins, B. J., Slocum, A. H., Chen, X., Chiang, Y. M., Fan, F. Y., Helal, A., ... & Carter, W. C. (2014). U.S. Patent Application No. 14/557,924.

 

Presentations

Hopkins, B. J., Hart, D. P. (2017). High-Power, Low-Corrosion Aluminum-Air Battery. MIT Mechanical Engineering de Florez Award Competition, Cambridge, MA, May 2016. 

 

Hopkins, B. J., Hart, D. P. (2016). High-Power, Low-Corrosion Aluminum-Air Battery. MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, Cambridge, MA, September 2016. 

 

Hopkins, B. J., Fan, F., Li, Z., Smith, K. C., Chen, X., ... & Chiang, Y. M. et al. (2013). Gravity Induced Flow Cell Using Suspension-Based Flow Electrodes. Material Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, December 2013.


Awards, Honors, & Scholarships

Awards

First place graduate winner ($1500) for engineering design in the MIT Mechanical Engineering de Florez Award Competition. I presented a poster and working prototype of a high-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery. May 2017

 

Grand prize winner ($500) for outstanding presentation at the MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition (MERE). I presented a poster entitled "High-Power, Low-Corrosion Aluminum-Air Battery" and was one of three grand prize winners out of 76 graduate student contestants. September 2016 

 

Akamai Patent Award ($2000) for filing a patent on a method to destructively sanitize solid-state drives (SSDs) that reduced sanitization costs by more than 2 orders of magnitude. I was the first Akamai intern to ever receive a company patent award. August 2015

 

Star Family Prize Award nomination for exemplary intellectual and personal guidance of undergraduate students at Harvard College. March 2015  

 

Grand-prize winner of MIT's Product Design and Development Competition ($900) for a toddler fire-escape device. Spring 2013

 

CIMIT Award for Mechanical Ingenuity for a surgically implantable AV-shunt flow modulator. Spring 2011

 

Honors

Semi-solid suspension flow battery featured on front page of www.mit.edu and described in MIT News. May 2016

 

Flow battery designed for Master’s thesis shown on National Fox News. February 2014  

 

Graduated cum laude from Harvard College. May 2011

 

Graduated with high honors from engineering department of Harvard College. May 2011

 

Scholarships

Harvard PRISE Scholar (stipend, room, and board). Summer 2009

 

Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Eagle Scout Scholarship ($48,000). Summer 2005

 

Micron Science and Technology Scholarship ($16,500). Spring 2005


Teaching & Leadership Experience

MIT 15.783 Product Design & Development Head Teaching Assistant     Cambridge, MA 

Mentor for interdisciplinary graduate design class taught by Steven D. Eppinger, Maria Yang, Jerome Arul, and Matthew Kressy. Spring 2015 

 

MIT 2.009 Product Engineering Processes Teaching Assistant     Cambridge, MA 

Mentor and class photographer for senior design class taught by Professor David R. Wallace. Fall 2014 

 

Harvard Pforzheimer Resident Engineering Tutor     Cambridge, MA

Oversees 40 Harvard undergraduates and advises and tutors in engineering. 2012–Present

 

Treasurer of MIT Competitive Powerlifting Team     Cambridge, MA 

Organized finances and fundraising for and actively participated in MIT club sport. Spring 2013

 

Activities Committee Co-Chair     Cambridge, MA

Organized and led social activities for local church with a membership of over 100. 2012–2013

 

Director of Finance and Record Management     Cambridge, MA

Organized finances and maintained records for local church with a membership of over 200. 2010–2012

 

Branch President and Missionary     Moscow and Tula, Russia

Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Learned Russian to support and lead local Russian church communities.  Regularly taught English and helped maintain hospitals, orphanages, shelters, and public parks. 2006–2008

 

Eagle Scout     Salt Lake City, UT

Received Eagle Scout award at age 12 and earned a total of 81 merit badges. June 1999


Skills

 

 

Computer

SolidWorks, Creo, MATLAB, Mathematica, OpenSCAD, Netfabb, Photoshop, C, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL

 

Fabrication

Vertical CNC and manual mill, lathe, band saw, horizontal saw, drill press, bench tools, laser cutter, water jet, 3D printer, bending machine, injection molding machine, thermoforming machine

 

Languages

Native English, fluent Russian, basic Spanish