Martin Cowell

Martin Cowell

PhD Candidate
Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright

450 Sutardja Dai Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720




I research energy management for device-scale embedded electronic systems. I’ve demonstrated novel power management systems for wireless communications powered completely from harvesting ambient indoor light. Interested in thin and flexible electronics, I also investigate hair-thin (100µm) high-power supercapacitors made from novel materials including graphene and ionic liquids.

I optimization modeling in python, matlab, and R to examine mixed, pulsed, and extended loading cases for single and multi-reservoir systems.


Intrigued by energy, I was drawn to thermodynamics and heat transfer during my undergraduate at the Colorado School of Mines. Meanwhile, I worked in R&D at ABENGOA Solar, where I designing and built solar concentrators for generating megawatts of renewable electrical power. I spent a summer at Los Alamos National Labs where I developed a novel brain-machine interface for streamlining human-processing of large datasets.  To conclude my undergraduate work at Mines, I got as close to space exploration as I could while I designed and prototyped a fuel gauge for space ships.  I spend my creative time building embedded electronics projects – see my website!

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