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Top 10 Young Entrepreneurs in Oil & Gas and Water & Wastewater

Young entrepreneurs are causing waves in energy industries. Find out who the movers and shakers are in our top-10 list of young entrepreneurs in the oil and gas amd water and wastewater industries.
1. M Pedro Santos, CEO, OsComp Systems
Santos is only 29 years old and invented near-isothermal multiphase compression technology, a fancy way of describing that he helps to reduce the cost of natural gas production. He is the CEO and founder of OsComp Systems, a company that offers a virtual pipeline system to easily transport natural gas to customers.

2. David Portiz, Founder, Equitable Origin
Have you ever wondered about the safety or environmental impact of certain oil and gas operations? Well, now you don’t have to. Equitable Origin rates the environmental and social responsibility of oil and gas operations. Equitable Origin’s program allows companies to voluntarily be certified on six principles. Portiz is hopeful that once one oil and gas giant signs up, the others will follow.
3. Allison Lami Sawyer, Founder, Rebellion Photonics
Sawyer’s entrepreneurship professor told her to get a real CEO for her newly launched business Rebellion Photonics as she wasn’t “good enough”. Luckily she didn’t listen. After only two years in business, her company made $637,000 in revenue. So what makes her company so ingenious? Rebellion Photonics offers the rental of cameras that can see gas leaks within fifteen microseconds. Her clients include oil and gas giant BP.

4. Mark Hiduke, Founder, PetroCore LLC
Hiduke is devoted to his idea. In fact he is so devoted he was able to rustle up $100 million to fund his three-week-old oil and gas exploration business. The recent boom in oil and gas technology has given entrepreneurs like Hiduke a great opportunity to reap the benefits of shale drilling as the company intends to buy underdeveloped land and drill shale wells.
5. Deepika Kurup, Inventor, Innovative Clean Water System
A year ago when Kurup was 14 she won the award for America’s Top Young Scientist. After seeing children drinking water from a stagnant pool in India, she invented a system that uses solar energy to disinfect contaminated water in a novel, cost effective, and sustainable way. If companies pick up her amazing idea it could help to clean water for millions of people in developing countries.

6. David Wilson, Founder, CEO, Unitex Oil & Gas
Wilson bought his first west Texas oil wells at the ripe age of 20. Now in his early 30s he has over 250 wells producing about 450 bbl per day. The mission of his company is to “create significant value through the development and acquisition of conventional oil assets in the Permian Basin”. And it seems like he is doing a fine job at conquering his goal.
7. Seth Maxwell, Founder, Thirst Project
Maxwell has jumped onto the social entrepreneur bandwagon by helping in the fight for safe drinking water. The 25 year old’s Thirst Project gets college and high school students together to fundraise and build awareness of his cause through events, exhibitions and parties. An impressive 320 US college campuses are involved in the project. In the last five years, the project has accomplished 829 wells and water filters in 11 countries.
source: An example of a buzzworthy Thirst Project event.
8. Javier Fernandez-Han, Inventor, Versatile
Most people at the age of 17 are trying to decide which university to go to so that they can start a flourishing career. Fernandez-Han on the other hand was busy inventing a system that uses algae to eat sewage and capture methane to be used for fuel – a pretty impressive job to add to his resume. The Versatile system is targeted at developing countries that need self-contained sources of power and waste disposal.
9. Alison Bick, Inventor, Water Testing App (currently unnamed)
Imagine being in an emergency situation where you can press one button on your phone and test whether your water is drinkable. Alison Bick has created just that. The 2011 Intel Science Talent Search finalist has earned international honors, including the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize creating an app to test drinking water for contamination.
10. Benjamin Cohen, Co-Founder, TOHL
TOHL has come up with an inventive solution to providing water for disaster victims. The company has developed a method of deploying a kilometer-long pipe from a water source to a disaster area using a helicopter. Cohen lives in Chile where he produces the spool and pipe technologies.


TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.