Confronting Climate Change


Confronting Climate Change: The Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

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Wednesday, April 3rd
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Genesis at Campus Point
4242 Campus Point Court
San Diego, CA

Life Science entrepreneurs, save the date!




Mihri Ozkan, PhD

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,

Climate Action Champion Professor, University of California Riverside

Professor Mihri Ozkan has been a role model, a change maker, and a global advocate of sustainable and green energy technologies. She completed her graduate studies at Stanford University and at UC-San Diego. She is a faculty at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in UC-Riverside. Mihri has been selected as the Climate Action Champion faculty, because of her inspirational and innovative research and for her passion and dedication to develop advanced green energy technologies to take up the challenge of research and education to achieve carbon neutrality. Towards carbon neutrality, patented advanced Li-ion battery technology from abundant resources and environmentally friendly materials including waste glass bottles, portobello mushrooms, and beach sand, twice earned her “the Top 100 Author Award” from the publisher of Nature. Furthermore, she bridged the gap between discovery and commercialization through her disclosures licensed to industry. Mihri is vibrant and a great role model to women in engineering as a teacher and researcher with her exemplary research and her innovative and passionate teaching. Her awards, “The John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year” and the “Distinguished Engineering Educator Award” given by the US National Engineers’ Council recognizes Mihri as a leading extraordinary and influential engineering educator. Her exemplary innovative research and inspirational mentorship to women in engineering and girls from K-12 are recognized with distinction and acknowledged with the “National Emerging Scholar Award” by the American Association of University Women. Recently, she is recognized with the “Humanitarian Star Award” for her outstanding scientific and technological accomplishments in the environmental improvement category.


Orianna Bretschger, CEO of Aquacycl

Aquacycl is a start-up that provides technologies for safe, reliable and cost-effective wastewater treatment.

San Diego has long been a leader in sustainability. The region has a growing ecosystem focused on promoting funding and entrepreneurship.  Join us for an evening with two inventors committed to sustainable systems, Mihri Ozkan and Orianna Bretschger. Learn about the challenge of climate change and about opportunities in the areas of green technology and sustainability.


5:00 – 6:00 pm         Networking, appetizers and refreshments provided

6:00 – 6:10 pm         Introduction to SDEE

6:10 – 6:15 pm         30 second pitches

6:15 – 7:00 pm         Presentations by Drs. Bretschger and Ozkan

7:00 – 8:00 pm         Q & A, networking


This event is free and open to the public.

To apply for 30 sec pitch contact: Danielle Hayes,

Send your name, e-mail, and a short overview (2-3 sentences). All entrepreneurs are welcome.

Visit to become a member of SDEE.

April 03, 2019 at 5pm - 8pm
Genesis at Campus Point
10996 Torreyana Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
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