Veronica Augustyn received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research involves understanding materials at electrochemical interfaces during energy storage and conversion. In particular, she is in interested in how materials store charge via intercalation reactions and the mechanisms by which these materials degrade during long term operation. This research is motivated by the need for low-cost, long-lasting, and safe energy storage for sustainable power grids. In addition, she is interested in how material architecture affects electrocatalytic activity, particularly for the oxygen evolution reaction which is necessary for electrochemical hydrogen production for fuel cells and rechargeable metal/air batteries. She also leads SciBridge, a multi-university project aiming to increase renewable energy research collaborations between Africa and the U.S.