“I am pleased to welcome Viet to the EaglePicher Technologies team,” said Steve Westfall, president and CEO of EaglePicher Technologies. “With more than 25 years of research and development experience, Viet will be a great asset as we continue to develop cutting-edge technologies to meet the needs of our defense, space, medical and commercial customers.” Vu joins EaglePicher Technologies with more than 27 years of experience in consumer products research and development. Most recently, he was vice president and chief scientist Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac) where he led a team of 50 professionals, including two research and development laboratories with multimillion-dollar budgets. While at Rayovac, Vu received the 2003 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award for developing the world’s first and fastest 15-minute rechargeable NiMH battery. He also developed the world’s highest energy density battery for military applications. Before joining Rayovac, Vu was program manager at Proctor and Gamble’s Gillette division (formerly Duracell) and senior R&D engineer at Saft America where he worked on the development of lithium-ion batteries at Saft’s Bordeaux, France, facility.
Vu holds a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and a master’s degree in materials from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He has authored and coauthored more than 60 U.S. and international patents. He will work from EaglePicher Technologies’ new 24,000 ft2 state-of-the-art research and development center in Joplin, Mo. The new facility develops lithium-ion cells and batteries for military, aircraft, railcar, and a variety of other high-end industrial applications.
EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an EaglePicher company, is the leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, and provides the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the United States. EaglePicher Technologies offers a wide range of battery technology including thermal, nickel hydrogen, lithium carbonmonofluoride, lithium thionyl chloride, lithium manganese dioxide, lithium sulfur dioxide, lithium ion, reserve lithium oxyhalide, custom battery assemblies and silver zinc batteries. They also provide other energy products and pyrotechnic devices for the defense industry, as well as advanced battery chargers and other power solutions for business, industrial and recreational applications. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, Mo. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com.