"Elvis" Cao Xiangkun

Global Shaper, Ithaca Hub

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao (https://www.elviscao.com/) is an honoree by three 30 under 30 lists including Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy. His Ph.D. thesis at Cornell University centers around developing scalable photoreactors for solar fuel production, which is featured in the World Economic Forum's white paper as an energy innovation breakthrough of the past decade (2020). He was selected as a Young Scientist Attendee for the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany (2020), was chosen as a Young Investigator Attendee for the 3rd World Laureates Forum in Shanghai, China (2020). Past recognitions include: UNICEF Young Changemaker on Sustainable WASH Solutions (2020), UNEP Young Champions of the Earth North America Finalist (2020, 2019), Honorable Mention Award for the Link Foundation Energy Fellowship (2020, 2019), Top Ten Outstanding Chinese American Youth Award (2020), MKS Instruments Research Excellence Award (2020), Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitment Maker and Commitment Mentor by the Clinton Foundation (2020), Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2019), EarthX 30 Under 30 (2019), AACYF 30 Under 30 (2019), INK Fellow (2019), BP Advancing Energy Scholar (2019), One Young World Ambassador (2019), WEF Global Shaper (2019), National Finalist in the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize by the Lemelson Foundation (2019), UN SDSN-Youth Local Pathways Fellow (2018-2019), and "Create the Future" Design Contest International Grand Prize (2017). Speaking and outreach: He was invited by the former President of France, Mr. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, to speak about energy innovation at the virtual Post-COVID summit (2021), was featured by SPARK - Energy Re-Imagined to speak about carbon capture and conversion in London, UK (2021), and was selected as an INK Fellow to speak about solar fuels in Jaisalmer, India (2019), along with George A. Papandreou, a former Prime Minister of Greece. He was featured by BP plc as one of the 11 Future Energy Leaders aroud the world to attend the One Young World Summit in London, UK (2019), and was an invited speaker at IoT, Data, and the New Last Mile by TTI/Vanguard in Berkeley, CA (2019). Past degrees include: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell (2019), M.Eng. (thesis) in Materials Engineering from McGill (2016) with joint training in Nuclear Engineering at MIT (2015-2016), and a dual bachelor’s degree (B.Eng. in New Energy & B.A. in English Literature) from the ‘Tsien Hsue-Shen’ Elite Class of Xi’an Jiaotong University (2013).

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