RAIN@UO to host colloquium on renewable fuels

Entrepreneur Virginia Klausmeier will kickoff the first RAIN@UO colloquium in a discussion about the science and business of scaling renewable fuels. The event is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m. in 331 Klamath Hall on the University of Oregon campus.

Klausmeier, who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006, was selected by Forbes for their “30 under 30 in Energy” list and was named as one of the “Top 10 Women in Biofuels” by Sapphire Energy. She is the co-founder and CEO of Sylvatex, an early-stage clean technology company whose mission is to introduce renewable components into the petroleum industry within the existing infrastructure.

As the CEO of Sylvatex, Klausmeier led the company as it developed a fuel technology that will allow the oil industry to dramatically reduce costs while creating a cleaner, greener diesel fuel. The company has completed the proof-of-concept phase and is now engaged in preparations to commercialize the technology.

For local entrepreneurs and those interested in developing clean technologies, the colloquium will provide a forum to discuss the unique scientific and business hurdles faced by technology-driven startups, with Klausmeier providing insight into her experiences with Sylvatex.

RAIN@UO is a program on the University of Oregon campus led by a consortium of faculty, staff, and students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. The program is supported by the UO’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation as an effort to connect resources so that faculty and students can more easily locate and access information, support and potential collaborators.

In addition to strengthening internal connections, RAIN@UO bridges the campus community and the greater Eugene/Springfield area through association with the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), including connections to programs organized through the local branch of the network, RAIN Eugene.

For more information about the colloquium, you can visit the event listing on the University of Oregon calendar.