MSE graduates and postdoc research associates Joel Rieken and Andy Heidloff are competing in the Department of Energy’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge.
The duo started the company Iowa Power Atomization Technologies (IPAT) to bring titanium powder, a substance that can be used in military, biomedical, and aerospace applications, to market. Their technology uses a more efficient process to make the powder, which lowers costs for manufacturers.
Earning a top spot in the competition will allow Rieken and Heidloff to attend the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, the premier annual gathering of clean energy investors and innovators around the country.
Vote for IPAT by “liking” the company. Voting closes Monday, February 6, at 8:59 a.m. EST.
America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge is part of the Obama Administration’s Startup America initiative, which aims to create the best possible climate for high-growth entrepreneurs across the country.