TigerTalks in the City: Innovations in Materials Science

Founders and investors in faculty- and alumni-led startups share their journeys leveraging innovations in material science.
Apr 13, 2023, 5:30 pm8:15 pm
Oliver Wyman 1166 6th Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets), 40th Floor, Skyline Conference Room, New York, NY, 10036
  • Alumni
  • Staff
  • Entrepreneurially-Minded
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Postdocs
  • Undergraduate Students


Event Description

Princeton University is one of the premier locations world-wide for materials science and education due to its unique integration of long-term, curiosity-driven research and high-impact innovation and engagement with industry.

The mission of the Princeton Materials Institute (PMI) is to bring together scholars across disciplines to develop materials-based solutions to pressing global challenges and to educate the next generation of leaders in materials science and engineering. We enable and grow synergies and collaborations across campus that lead to breakthrough scientific and technological innovations. We are unique in our ability to combine world-leading facilities with fundamental academic research while working closely with industry, government laboratories, and other academic institutions.

Moderated by Alex Norman Ph.D., PMI’s Executive Director, the panelists include:

Marcus Hultmark Ph.D *11, is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, Co-Founder and CEO of Tendo Technologies, and Co-Founder of Instrumems. Tendo Technologies is a technology company that provides innovative, economical solutions to accurate flow rate and pressure measurements that are extremely challenging to obtain. The company is leveraging the advancement and expertise in high fidelity flow measurements developed in Princeton’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department to drastically improve the fidelity of flow sensing at a significantly reduced cost.

Yidian Liu *21 is Co-Founder of PolyGone. Launched in May 2021, PolyGone began as a research component of Nathaniel Banks and Yidian Liu’s joint Architectural thesis at Princeton that proposed the development of novel infrastructure for the collection and recycling of aquatic plastic waste. The team's first prototype technology aims to be the world's first portable, affordable, and low-maintenance microplastic collection device.

Susan Schofer is Partner at SOSV, a global venture capital firm managing over $1.2B of investments. She is also Partner and Chief Science Officer at HAX. SOSV's HAX is the most active early stage investor in hard tech startups, empowering founders building with robotics, internet of things, digital health, consumer products and industrial technologies. HAX is an initiative supported by Princeton University.

Stephen Snyder is Chief Strategy Officer of Princeton NuEnergy (PNE) and an Executive-in-Residence in Princeton’s Office of Technology Licensing. PNE, co-founded by CEO Chao Yan, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Princeton and CTO Xiaofang Yang , Ph.D., former researcher at Princeton University, uses its novel LPAS® (patented low-temperature plasma-assisted separation) technology to deliver a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery direct recycling solution that reduces global GHG emissions and delivers strong ESG values. In 2022, PNE’s founding team was awarded PEC’s annual Tiger Entrepreneur Award.


A special thanks to Oliver Wyman and Ugur Koyluoglu *95, Partner, for providing the venue in their NYC offices for this TigerTalks event.

We hope you can attend in-person and also join us for the networking reception afterward, but a livestream option is available for those who want to attend remotely.

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact PEC at [email protected] no later than three working days prior to the event.

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