Damian Beauchamp graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University with a BS in chemistry. While at Kent State Damian was an NSF STEM fellow, received the National Smart Grant, Choose Ohio First Scholarship, and the Chemistry Undergraduate Excellence Award. He then joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University in 2012 working with Dr. Yiying Wu.
His focus and passion are based on the discovery, development, and commercialization of sustainable/renewable energy production and storages solutions, as well as the policies concerning such areas. In 2013 Damian received honorable mention from the NSF Graduate Fellowship committee and co-founded Kair Battery LLC. Damian led Kair to success taking 1st at both the Ohio State University ($15,000) and Ivey ($20,000) Business Plan Competitions, winning the DOE Clean Energy Prize ($100,000) and taking second in the elevator pitch competition at the Rice Business Plan Competition, and competed in Washington D.C. at the DOE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.
Recently, Damian was lead writer of a funded 2014 Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation Start-up Fund (TVSF) grant ($100,000). Most recently, Damian was awarded the Ohio Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award from VentureNEXT, was named as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 for 2015, delivered a TEDx talk, and was distinguished as a Future Leader in Chemistry by CAS/SciFinder.
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