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TechLab: Climate Change

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TechLab: Climate Change is a Company-in Residence program for emerging companies making a significant impact on the carbon balance of the planet. The program is an immersive learning experience for students as they work side by side with the companies on the deployment and market development of their breakthrough innovations.

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Brian Ellis, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, holds a cup with material made out of carbon dioxide in the GG Brown Building on North Campus of the University of Michigan on February 7, 2019.

Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering, Communications & Marketing

2020 Cohort Teams

Shashank Prakash Nair

Shashank Prakash Nair
Energy Systems Engineering | Class of 2020

Cansu Doganay

Cansu Doganay
Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2021

Michael Blakeslee

Michael Blakeslee
Economics | Class of 2021

Allan Gao - Team Mentor
Senior Process Engineer | LanzaTech

Converting Co2 into Fuels and Other Chemical Products

Using CO2 as a feedstock has the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%, through recycling carbon from industrial off-gases. In this project, students will discover and prioritize the market opportunities for Lanzatech’s core technology in the US using stakeholder interviews, researching public policy, and assessing the market and technical risks.

Adam Levey

Adam Levey
Chemical Engineering & Engineering Physics | Class of 2021

Abigail Martin

Abigail Martin
Environmental Engineering | Class of 2020

Merritt Dailey

Merritt Dailey
Environmental Engineering | Class of 2020

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Mengqing Kan
Natural Resources and Environment | Class of 2021

Allan Gao - Team Mentor
Senior Process Engineer | LanzaTech

Converting Co2 into Fuels and Other Chemical Products

Using CO2 as a feedstock has the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%, through recycling carbon from industrial off-gases. In this project, students will discover and prioritize the market opportunities for Lanzatech’s core technology in the US using stakeholder interviews, researching public policy, and assessing the market and technical risks.

Melissa Brei

Melissa Brei
Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2020

Tanishq Das

Tanishq Das
Industrial and Operations Engineering | Class of 2020

Yingying Zeng

Yingying Zeng
Macromolecular Science and Engineering | Class of 2021

James Kahn - Team Mentor
Founder and Principal | SkyBaron

Products Made with Captured and Recycled Carbon

SkyBaron works with talented partners around the world to market superior consumer goods that have a positive environmental impact. SkyBaron products include watches, coasters, pens, and more. The student teams will work with Skybaron to define one or more new product lines. The project will include design, material selection, material sourcing, and market assessment.

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FOR STUDENTS

EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS

TechLab: Climate Change pairs emerging and scaling startups with top-tier graduate and undergraduate students studying a wide range of fields including computer science, data analytics, chemical engineering, material science, robotics, business, and sustainability.

The goal is to educate students through an immersive project that tackles an important problem for the company. Students learn the entrepreneurial process directly from the principles of the company using the company itself as the “living case study.”

FOR COMPANIES

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

By participating in the program, companies gain access to the University of Michigan resources and network as well as top student talent. The Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to help our students change the world by embedding them in this emerging field and the companies tackling one of the most pressing problems of our time.

RECRUITMENT EVENTS

All events will be virtual. To receive the Zoom links for the events, please RSVP via the links below.

We encourage applicants to demonstrate an active interest in our program through attending events in addition to submitting an application. 

Our signature event will look a little different this year! The Innovation Challenge will be an entrepreneurial game that challenges participants to develop a solution to a current societal problem such as sustainability or big data. Even better, teams will have a chance to pitch their idea to 3-4 expert judges. Students can sign up as a team of 4 or on their own and will get a chance to learn more about how to further your entrepreneurial career through our CFE Fellowship Programs (ELP, TechLab at Mcity, and TechLab Climate Change). 

We can’t promise it’ll be easy, but it’ll be one of the most fun recruitment events of the season!

Innovation Challenge | Virtual | 9/30 |4:30-7:30 p.m. | RSVP here to receive the Zoom link

This is your opportunity to ask TechLab staff and instructors anything and everything! During this info session, we’ll go deeper into program specifics and have you leave with a better understanding of how TechLab Climate Change and TechLab at Mcity can help you with your entrepreneurial career goals.

TechLab Programs Info Session | Virtual | 10/8 | 4:30 – 6 p.m. | RSVP here to receive the Zoom link

Join us for an event that features a panel of four or five of our many fierce and determined female fellowship students as they talk about their entrepreneurial paths at U-M and how the fellowship programs were the needed advantage for making them stand out among the crowd. Following the panel, we will have an interactive consulting session with fellowship women working on cool ventures/projects.

Women in ENTRepreneurship Panel | Virtual | 9/24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | RSVP here to receive the Zoom link

TechLab: Climate Change Instructors

Volker Sick
Director, Global Co2 Initiative

Jonathan Fay
Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director

TechLab: Climate Change Staff

Nick Moroz
Program Director

Emilee Studley
Program Specialist

TechLab: Climate Change is managed by U-M Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the U-M Global Co2 Initiative.

If you're interested in partnering with the CFE, click the button to reach out and learn more about how.