BSOE Alumni Honored in Forbes 2017: ’30 Under 30′

Two alumni of the UCR Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) were named in the Forbes 2017 “30 Under 30” list, which recognizes today’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators.

Ravi Kurani

Charles Cai

Ravi Kurani ’09 (B.S. mechanical engineering) and Charles Cai ’15 (Ph.D. chemical and environmental engineering), were both selected for the “30 Under 30” Energy category.

Kurani was recognized for the technological advancements made at his startup company Sutro, an automated pool chemistry system that remotely monitors the health of swimming pools, notifies owners if maintenance is required, and orders pool supplies.

Cai co-founded MG Fuels to commercialize a biofuels process he helped develop at UCR. The process reduces the amount of enzymes used to breakdown biomass to make ethanol. The patented method licensed by MG Fuels, called Co-Solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF), was developed as a versatile and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues, and other plant matter into both biofuels and chemicals.

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