Kira Gardner

Senior Scientist at Anthropocene Institute
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Kira Gardner is currently Senior Scientist at the Anthropocene Institute. Her background includes expertise in design thinking, grant writing, and clean energy technology. She believes that diverse and inclusive perspectives from a broad intersection of sectors are the key to truly innovative solutions to global challenges. Previously, she directed the CITRIS Foundry Innovation Incubator supporting entrepreneurial scientists and engineers from the University of California in translating their research and technology into impact via venture backed startups. As the senior scientist at advanced materials start-up Sepion Technologies, she tackled technical roadmapping and materials development for EV batteries and secured $610,000 in non-dilutive funding through the CalSEED business plan competition. She also received a DOE-sponsored research fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to develop battery and solar materials for startups in Activate at Cyclotron Road. She earned her masters in materials science and engineering at Stanford University, where she studied non-hazardous thin-film solar cells, and was a design thinking lead for industry partners via the Stanford d.school. She received her bachelors in physics from UC Santa Barbara.

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