Education

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Adv. Data Science Option
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
September 2013 - present
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Adv. Data Science Option
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
September 2013 - present
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
GPA - 3.76 (Cum Laude)
September 2009 - June 2013
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
GPA - 3.76 (Cum Laude)
September 2009 - June 2013

Research Experience

Graduate Researcher
Advisor: Professor Dan Schwartz (UW Chemical Engineering)
  • Developing experimental and computational techniques for probing the internal state of lithium ion batteries using nonlinear EIS (NLEIS)
  • Enabling deeper insight into the informational content of impedance based techniques using a data science approach
January 2014 to present
Graduate Researcher
(Jan. '14 - present)
Advisor: Professor Dan Schwartz (UW Chemical Engineering)
  • Developing experimental and computational techniques for probing the internal state of lithium ion batteries using nonlinear EIS (NLEIS)
  • Enabling deeper insight into the informational content of impedance based techniques using a data science approach
Undergraduate Researcher
Advisor: Professor Todd Martz (UCSD Scripp's Institute of Oceanography)
  • Developed an automated, photometric method for highly precise titration of calcium in sea water
  • Integrated MilliGAT pump into auto-titration system using RS-232 serial communication
  • Implemented LabVIEW VIs to control titration, photometric data collection, and data processing using the Gran Method to calculate titration end point
Spring 2012
Undergraduate Researcher
(Spring '13)
Advisor: Professor Todd Martz (UCSD Scripp's Institute of Oceanography)
  • Developed an automated, photometric method for highly precise titration of calcium in sea water
  • Integrated MilliGAT pump into auto-titration system using RS-232 serial communication
  • Implemented LabVIEW VIs to control titration, photometric data collection, and data processing using the Gran Method to calculate titration end point

Teaching and Mentorship

CHEM E 497: Special Projects in Chemical Engineering Design
  • Led a group of senior undergraduates through a special senior design course focused on commercializing technologies from lab research ideas.
  • Brought together a team of senior Chemical Engineers and MBA students to participate in multiple UW business plan competitions.
  • Worked with other TAs to create and teach weekly lectures connecting chemical engineering principles and business plan development.
Winter and Spring 2015
Additional Undergraduate Students Supervised
  • Matthew Canin (Summer 2017 - present)
  • Stephanie Reusch (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017)
  • Cleo Tsang (Summer 2016)
  • Alek Lazarski (Clean Energy Bridge to Research, Summer 2016)

Presentations

(oral) M. D. Murbach and D. T. Schwartz, “Probing Nonlinear Dynamics to Unlock New Insights into Battery Systems.” 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting (San Diego, CA) May 2016
(poster) M. D. Murbach and D. T. Schwartz, “Probing a battery’s internal state via nonlinear impedance.” 8th Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium (Seattle, WA) September 2015
  • Received Best Poster Award
(poster) M. D. Murbach and M. Sarker, “Energy Storage Optimization.” Pacific Northwest Energy Storage Symposium (Seattle, WA) September 2015
  • Recieved Runner-Up Poster Award
(oral) M. D. Murbach, "Can We Use Rich Data to Better Understand and Predict Battery Health?" UW eScience Community Seminar, Seattle, WA. May, 2015

Grants and Fellowships

Student Training & Exploration Grant Program, UW Clean Energy Institute
October 2015 to present
Student Training & Exploration Grant Program, UW Clean Energy Institute
(October '15 to present)
Big Data and Data Science IGERT, National Science Foundation
August 2014 to present
Big Data and Data Science IGERT, National Science Foundation
(August '14 to present)
GAANN Fellowship, US Department of Education
March 2014 to June 2015
GAANN Fellowship, US Department of Education
(March '14 to June '15)
Clean Energy Institute Fellowship, UW Clean Energy Institute
December 2013 to March 2014
Clean Energy Institute Fellowship, UW Clean Energy Institute
(December '13 to March '14)

Outreach and Service

President,
ECS@UW (Electrochemical Society Student Chapter)
2015 - present
  • Started an ECS student chapter at the UW with the mission of bringing together students, postdocs, and faculty interested in electrochemistry and solid-state sciences from across campus.
Outreach Committee and Webmaster,
UW ACES (Association of ChemE Graduate Students)
2014 - 2016
  • Coordinated exhibits at UW Dog Daze to introduce young students to the fun of science and engineering
  • Redesigned and maintained the ACES website and e-mail accounts
Undergraduate Advisor,
UCSD Global TIES (Teams in Engineering Service)
2012 - 2013
  • Developed a productive team environment where 10+ engineers can all contribute as a team
  • Assisted in team organization and direction while communicating with faculty advisors and clients
  • Travelled to Philippines for the deployment of prototype off-grid, low-cost solar streetlamp
Residential Advisor,
UCSD John Muir College
2011 - 2012
  • Managed a budget of $1000 to organize weekly residential life programs for 70+ students
  • Communicated with professional staff for the maintenance and enforcement of university policy
Department Liaison,
UCSD American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
2012 - 2013
  • Communicate with and organize the close collaboration between the Chemical Engineering faculty and the UCSD AIChE chapter

Awards and Certifications

Best Poster Award, UW Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium
September 2015
Best Poster Award, UW Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium
(September '15)
Huppert Memorial Outstanding ChemE Senior, UCSD Chemical Engineering
June 2015
Huppert Memorial Outstanding ChemE Senior, UW Clean Energy Institute
(June '15)
Engineer in Training, California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, #EIT 147747
January 2013
Engineer in Training, California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, #EIT 147747
(January '13)
Phi Beta Kappa Induction, Phi Beta Kappa
September 2012
Phi Beta Kappa Induction, Phi Beta Kappa
(September '12)