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Three Engineering Alumni on Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Jan 6, 2016
Three College of Engineering alumni have made Forbes magazine 30 Under 30 list. The magazine annually selects men and women across several categories and highlights their accomplishments. Forbes screened more than 15,000 names and selected 600 women and men to be featured in the Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30. According to Forbes, these are "America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars."
From the College of Engineering:
Manufacturing & Industry: Allen Chang
Chang graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering in 2008. In 2013 he founded Atlanta-based Vertera Spine Inc., the first company to manufacture an FDA-approved synthetic replacement for bone in the human body. The company has attracted $2 million in funding to date. While at Georgia Tech, Chang also worked to develop a device to make medical injections easier and researched how to make better wheelchair cushions.
Energy: Emily Woods
Woods is a mechanical engineering graduate who moved to Kenya after founding Sanivation, a company geared toward helping improve sanitation in third-world countries. Woods designed a method for turning human waste into sustainable fuel and piloted a test project at a refugee camp. According to Forbes she has raised more than $500,000 in grants for expanding Sanivation's services in Kenya.
Energy: Alec Manfre
Manfre is a 2011 mechancial engineering graduate who co-founded Bractlet, an energy analytics platform that increases efficiency by monitoring the energy usage of individual pieces of equipment in buildings. Bractlet's analytics platform allows companies to monitor building performance, identify energy savings, and improve energy-usage forecasting. Manfre serves as CEO of the company, which is based in Austin, Texas.