A year ago, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering seniors Samantha Becker and Shannon Evanchec were convinced they could change lives in rural villages around the globe. They were about to sell InVenture Prize judges on their antimicrobial cup and lotus flower, which uses copper to kill germs in household water in places like India where contamination with E. coli and other microbes is a significant problem. Now Becker and Evanchec have graduated, and they’re working full-time to turn their creation into a business they call TruePani.
Georgia Tech alumnus K.P. Reddy will help engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti spin off five new companies from its in-house startup accelerator in 2017. The firm announced a partnership Dec. 16 with The Combine, which Reddy co-founded to bridge the gap between startup and stand-alone company.