Update: Louisiana Weekly has just published this wonderful article on Keiana’s achievements.
A recent Lusher alum has made Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for the first time! 2016 graduate Keiana Cave’ has been listed in both the Energy and Youngest categories. Each year, Forbes magazine releases the list, which it describes as:
an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth. We bring you 30 game changers in 20 industries all under 30 years old — 600 in total — who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more.
This year, Cave’ made the list for her work (which she began while taking advantage of Lusher’s Tulane College Credit program) creating new technology to help clean up after oil spills. Cave’ also made headlines a year ago when NASA and MIT named a planet after her for her achievements.
Here is Keiana’s profile in the Forbes Energy write-up:
Keiana Cave began researching the 2010 BP oil spill in her hometown of New Orleans with Tulane University at 15. She designed a method that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to identify certain toxins that form as photoproducts during oil spills. But she soon got tired of the academic route and this past summer attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, where she developed a molecule that could become the world’s next dominant oil spill dispersant. Now 18, she has raised $1.2 million in funding from Chevron to continue researching the molecule.