Purdue researchers nab Forbes recognition

Ian Klein has been named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in industry and manufacturing.
Ian Klein has been named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in industry and manufacturing.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two Purdue researchers have made Forbes Magazine’s 2015 30 Under 30 in industry and manufacturing. Ian Klein and Rebecca Kramer were recognized for “modernizing the way things are made in a greener, tech-savvy world.”

The list selects 30 people under the age of 30 that have made noteworthy contributions in their field. Klein, 27, talked about the honor Friday on News 18 This Morning. His work with alternative uses for plant material could lead to changes in the how flavorings and fragrances are made.

“It’s a great honor, and it’s great to be listed with such a strong group of entrepreneurs,” Klein said. A Purdue company, Spero Energy, is trying to commercialize the work Klein and his team are doing. In addition, to work in the flavoring and fragrance industries, the technology could be used to make bio-fuel more efficiently.

“We’ve developed a strong foundation in 2014,” said Klein. “In 2015, we’ll be moving rapidly toward commercialization, scaling up our reactors, and reaching out and working with the business world.”

Forbes has published its 30 Under 30 list for the past four years. In 20 different fields, the magazine selects 600 people.

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