Laurence Toomey received his B.S. in Chemistry from State University of New York, College at Fredonia in 1992 and Ph.D. in Chemistry from State University of New York, University at Buffalo in 1997. He joined US Army, Combat Capability Development Center, Ground Vehicle Systems Center (CCDC GVSC) in Warren, Michigan in January 2010 where he currently is the Energy Storage Branch Chief in the Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility Directorate. His team manages multiple programs focusing on the development of advanced battery systems for military and commercial vehicle platforms, covering technologies ranging from lead acid batteries to Li-ion and beyond Li-ion battery systems. Prior to CCDC GVSC, he held the position of R&D Manager at Cobasys, Inc./SB LiMotive in Orion, Michigan developing NiMH and Li-ion battery systems for hybrid automotive applications. He also held a position of Senior Scientist at Lithium Energy Associates, Inc. in Waltham, MA developing advance Li metal batteries for military and space applications. His research interests include materials research to improve energy density, performance and safety characteristics of advanced energy storage technologies for vehicle based applications.