Two Duke University alumnae named to 2019 Forbes list of 30 Under 30 in Energy

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Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Forbes has named two Duke alumnae among its 2019 "30 Under 30 in Energy": Arsheen Allam (MBA'17) and Megan O'Connor (PhD'17). 

The annual list identifies "30 young stars in the energy sector under the age of 30." 

Arsheen Allam (MBA'17)

Fuqua School of Business alumna Allam is founder of GOLeafe, which has developed a new production process for graphene, a promising nanomaterial with potential applications in solar energy production and energy storage. The Duke University Energy Initiative awarded GOLeafe its Clean Energy Prize of $10,000 in last year's Duke Startup Challenge, where the business was also honored with the first annual Dean Yep Jr. Memorial Prize. 

Megan O'Connor (PhD'17)

O'Connor, who earned a doctorate in environmental engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering, is cofounder of Nth Cycle, which recycles valuable metals like cobalt and lithium from discarded electronics using carbon nanotube filters. O'Connor is currently an entrepreneurial fellow with the Department of Energy's Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"We are so proud of these two energy innovators and what their Duke education has helped them to accomplish," says Brian Murray, director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. "While still early in their careers, they are already making meaningful strides toward the accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy systems our world needs. We look forward to cheering on their continued success."    

Allam and O'Connor are among seven Duke alumni in energy named to the list in the past three years. They join David Freed (E'10),  Karim Khalil (E'12), Scott Martin (E'14), Mike McGroddy (E'09, MEMP'11), and Hannah Sieber (T'13). (Learn more about last year's honorees.)