Karl graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD in Materials Science researching advanced battery technologies. Prior to attaining his PhD, Karl worked at Southwest Research Institute where he started the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) consortium which performed testing, characterization, and research on large format lithium ion batteries for >10 kWh energy storage. The EssEs consortium had 12 industry members from 3 continents with a budget of more than $3mm. Before joining full time, Karl served as a subject matter expert advisor for the Energy group at ConsenSys. He is now the Director of Energy at ConsenSys and is a Co-founder of Grid+.