Tyler Huggins, Justin Whiteley, Jason Ren
Growing up in rural Montana, where the primary income is from either mining or logging, I am intimately aware of our societies relationship with the environment. I recognized that this relationship was only benefiting society and would not last forever. I have since dedicated my life to developing ways to beneficially interact with nature while increasing the standard of living for all global citizens. My undergraduate degree was in field biology were I studied the impact of human development on natural systems. After several years of observation I decided I wanted to do something about it. I started my first business in 2007, a land remediation company which I ran successfully for 3 years. However, I still did not have the large impact that I desired. I then went back to graduate school to study sustainability engineering and environmental engineering in which I got my PhD. During my graduate studies I learned how to turn my biology background into designed systems that would help to mediate the impact of human development and in turn result in a net positive outcome for the environment. This includes the most recent technology development of using biological systems to produce templates for carbon materials. However, I did not develop this technology in a vacuum. During the last year of my dissertation I partnered with my now co-founder to refine the technology and produce materials that are superior to conventional options. My co-founder, Justin Whiteley, is a material scientist that has spent the last four years of graduate school developing next generation energy storage materials. Justin shares my passion for sustainability and has been invaluable in refining our technology and mission as a company.