Kevin O’Connor

Project: Dielectric Materials for Capacitive Energy Storage

Kevin O’Connor earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri with a research focus on the development and characterization of dielectric materials and components for high voltage, high power systems. During his graduate studies, he was a fellow of the National Physical Science Consortium through the sponsorship of Sandia National Laboratories, and he was recognized with the Tom R. Burkes award in 2012 by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in recognition of novel dielectrics development for pulsed power applications. He has been the senior engineer for a spin-off company from the University of Missouri, which has specialized in research and development of compact high power RF components and systems. Kevin has issued or pending patents on dielectric materials developed for applications in pulsed power systems, implantable antennas and sensors, and high energy density capacitors. He founded Caporus Technologies, LLC in 2018 to focus on the development and commercialization of novel thin-film dielectrics for high energy density capacitors.