Dennis Baranik (COO) and Dr. Heather Byrne (Research Director) of Carbonxt, a startup producer of advanced activated carbons for environmental separations discussed the innovation, leadership, and passion required to start a technical enterprise. The talk will include whether entrepreneurship is right for you, how to get started, and avoiding common pitfalls of entrepreneurship.
Dr. Byrne leads the Research and Development efforts at Carbonxt, including solutions development, sorbent advancement, and product testing. She specializes in the areas of mercury removal strategies and sorbent development. Prior to joining Carbonxt, Heather worked as an environmental engineer in the fields of aquatic toxicology and industrial phosphate fertilizer production. Heather is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering.