Anna received her Ph.D. in 2019 in interdisciplinary material science from Vanderbilt University. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow, she primarily focused her studies on clean energy technologies, and has recently developed the growth of high quality carbon nanotubes from ambient carbon dioxide. Prior to Vanderbilt, Anna completed a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry at Lee University. She interned as an undergraduate at the NASA Glenn Research Center, where she discovered her passion for nanotechnology. Anna is in the first cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Lab, and was named a 2019 Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30” disrupter in Energy.
Cary is a passionate inventor and technologist, with technical expertise at the intersection of carbon nanomaterials and energy technologies. Cary is a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering department at Vanderbilt University where he joined in 2012 after working at Intel Labs as a Research Scientist. Cary earned his Ph.D. at Rice University in 2010 on the synthesis and application of carbon nanotube materials. Cary has published over 100 journal papers with 8 granted patents and several pending applications in the area of energy systems and carbon nanotechnology. Among his honors, Cary was named as one of Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" disrupters in the field of science and innovation in 2012, and one of the "top 20 under 40" talent in academia by the American Society of Engineering Education in 2014.