Alia Rafiq

Alia Rafiq

Manager, Engineering Program Management
Alia Rafiq leads a program management team that partners with Form’s Advanced Manufacturing team to develop and deliver pilot-scale & high-volume manufacturing capabilities.
How did you first learn about Form Energy?

I had recently moved to Somerville and was looking for a mission driven company that I could personally connect with. Somerville happens to be a place where there’s a lot of clean tech jobs and I had stumbled upon Greentown Labs companies. Form Energy was on the list and piqued my interest.


What made you want to work at Form Energy?

I studied material science as an undergraduate and felt connected to working on a technology that relied heavily on material properties. In addition, I’d never worked at a startup and had an itch to get involved in something that would offer me the chance to get some skin in the game and have more of a sense of ownership.


Please outline your job duties/responsibilities at Form Energy:

My team partners with our engineering counterparts to develop and deliver manufacturing capabilities to support internal product development and our commercial commitments. As a program manager, I ensure that we are involving cross-functional stakeholders, provide a team structure for execution, and contribute to the strategic direction of the organization.


What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I’m at my most motivated when I’m surrounded by a strong team and am facing a challenging problem. My favorite part of my role is being introduced to a disorganized problem or an undefined set of challenges and in turn developing a plan, team, and structure to untangle it and provide solutions, at the same time as learning a lot about something new. It’s really satisfying to see a team performing at a very high caliber and observe the effect of program management as a force multiplier.


What is the most important thing you have learned in your role thus far?

Rethink what you think is possible. Re-evaluate constraints and challenge assumptions.


How would you describe your time at Form Energy in three words?

Dynamic, Motivating, Fulfilling.


What about working in the energy storage industry excites you the most?

This feels like the exact right time to be a part of the energy storage industry – where we’re on the cusp of incredible growth and transformation. There’s a ton of momentum to urgently deliver a solution to serve the multi-day storage market.


What are your hopes for the energy storage industry?

I hope that multi-day storage becomes ubiquitous. I think climate change is a problem that will be solved with a combination of technologies, in addition to Form’s product, and I’m excited to see the industry continue to develop and transform.


What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I love trying out new cooking and baking recipes and have been told I can make a mean focaccia. I recently moved to Pittsburgh so I’m looking forward to exploring the city with my husband, Chris, & our dog, Apollo. I also recently purchased a new home, so there are a lot of DIY projects in my future.


What would be the title of your autobiography?

From Wicked to Yinz. After living in New England for a while, I’ve picked up some local slang and say “wicked” not infrequently. I’m a little worried about what merging Boston & Pittsburgh slang words will do to my vocabulary.