WiRE Newfoundland and Labrador Virtual Networking Meet-Up w/ Jessica Elwell Online

Dec 7, 2021 · ,
Join us for an event with Jessica Elwell, Director and Product Development @ OxEon Energy. Hosted by WiRE Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter.

For this virtual networking meet-up, we'll be learning from Jessica Elwell, Director of Product Development at OxEon Energy.

Organized by WiRE's Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter. All are welcome!

This event consists of two parts:

1. Presentations,


2. Interactive, which includes:

  • Q&A with our guest speaker, and
  • virtual networking through small conversation groups.

This virtual event will take place through Zoom. For joining on Zoom at the time of the event, attendees can either log in to Eventbrite to be directed to the Zoom event or can access it by following instructions that will be emailed to registered attendees ahead of time.

For this reason, it is important that you receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite shortly after completing registration. In case you do not receive a confirmation email, check first that Eventbrite emails are not being filtered into your spam/junk box and then, if needed, contact info@womeninrenewableenergy.ca to resolve further.


Guest Speaker Biography

Jessica Elwell is the Director of Product Development at OxEon Energy. After attending Michigan Technological University to complete her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering, Jessica’s career has spanned multiple industries, including recreational equipment, specialty chemicals, weapon systems, and research and development support for renewable energy technologies and ISRU propellant production for aerospace applications.

Jessica’s current role at OxEon started in 2013 when she accepted a Program Management position for OxEon’s predecessor, Ceramatec, to manage Department of Energy, Department of Defense, USDA, and NASA projects. During this time, she was the Program Manager for a technology development project that is currently aboard NASA’s Perseverance Rover producing oxygen from the Mars atmosphere for the first time in human history. The MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In Situ Resource Utilization Experiment) Program was a collaboration with MIT and NASA’S Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this role she established critical partnerships both domestically and internationally while managing the technology development program for the solid oxide electrolysis unit at the heart of MOXIE.

In 2017, Jessica left OxEon to take on the Engineering and Quality Manager position for Nammo Defense Systems, overseeing the Manufacturing, Process, and Quality Engineering Groups, as well as Inspection and Compliance at the Salt Lake facility. In 2021, the opportunity arose for Jessica to return to OxEon Energy as the Director of Product Development, focused on building business systems and program success to support the development and commercialization of products that will be critical in the shift away from a fossil-based fuel economy, as well as further development towards oxygen and fuel production for a full-scale system to support human exploration of Mars.


The Story Behind the Name - MOXIE

MOXIE is a short, snappy name for a tool that helps lead to human footprints on Mars. It helps humans explore Mars by making OXygen. It works "In situ" (in place) on the Red Planet, and is an Experiment."

"Moxie" can also be a personality trait. Someone with moxie is considered bold and adventurous, hardy and spirited! No one is sure, but the word may trace back to Native American place names for "dark water." In the late 1800s, people drank "Moxie," a tonic and later a soft drink. Because the drink claimed health benefits, people began using moxie to mean vitality and endurance. It surely endures in American vocabulary today! You can still drink Moxie in some old-time, nostalgic soda-pop shops today.

(Source: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/spacecraft/instruments/moxie/)


Non-Attendance Policy: To those with tickets to attend this event, we ask that if you can no longer attend, to please cancel your ticket as soon as you can out of courtesy to others who may be on a waitlist for event tickets (there is a limit for the number of participants we can host in our virtual events on Zoom). If you can no longer use your ticket to attend the event, then cancelling your ticket will give the chance to someone on the waitlist to participate instead. Thank you!

WiRE's mission is to advance the role and recognition of women working in the energy sector. Inclusive of all renewable energy and clean technologies, our programming includes capacity-building field trips, networking meet-ups, awards recognition programs, student bursaries, speed mentoring and more!

Launched in 2013, WiRE forges partnerships with government agencies and a spectrum of renewable energy industry associations, other related networking groups for professional women from across the energy sector, and academic providers. WiRE appreciates the financial and industry support it receives from our sponsors, which helps to provide our programming at low or no cost.

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