Mr. Kaahaaina leads technology development for Special Operations at LLNL. In this role, Nalu has worked with SOCOM, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental (DIUx).
At LLNL, Nalu previously served as the Portfolio Manager for Low-Carbon Energy, where he was responsible for energy programs and strategic planning. This included projects in hydrogen storage, vehicle aerodynamics, wind power, geothermal energy, and energy analysis.
Previously, Nalu ran the Advanced Energy Systems Lab at Stanford University, where he led industry-sponsored engine research. At Stanford, he held a concurrent appointment as a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department where he taught courses in internal combustion engines and thermodynamics.
Nalu was also a consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. and TIAX, LLC specializing in automotive powertrain and emissions.
Throughout his energy career, Nalu consulted for early-stage investors and startups. These efforts hinged on identifying the technical performance needed to unlock energy systems. This approach is exemplified by Nalu’s sabbatical assignment as technical consultant at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he reported to the Chief Technology Officer.
Mr. Kaahaaina’s research has been published in the International Journal of Engine Research and the Society of Automotive Engineers – Transactions.
Mr. Kaahaaina has a M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society; all from Stanford University.