Dr. Olsen was instrumental in the development of City Labs’ high efficiency, Tritium betavoltaic battery. He now leads the next generation development of City Labs’ betavoltaic product lines.
Dr. Olsen is a pioneer in the area of betavoltaic technology and led the team that developed the first betavoltaic batteries (BetaCel) for cardiac pacemakers at Donald Douglas Laboratories (McDonnell Douglas Corp.). The Tri-Cities of Washington State named Dr. Olsen as the Tri-Citian of the year (1970) for this ground-breaking work.
Dr. Olsen was previously a scientist at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he developed programs in photovoltaics, thermoelectric energy conversion, and radiation detectors.
Prior to that, he was a professor in the Materials Science department of Washington State University, where he carried out research and development in Si-based solar cells, GaAs, and CuInSe2 (CIS). He received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Kansas and has published nearly 100 articles in his area of expertise. Recently, Dr Olsen was awarded R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 award in 2009 for his collaborative work leading to the development in the Thermoelectric Ambient Energy Harvester.