Jessica Elwell once sat with her Senior Design team daydreaming about how they could solve all the problems of the world using thermodynamics. Now, she’s actually solving one of those problems by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and sustainable fuels.
Elwell is chief operating officer of OxEon Energy, which designed, developed and manufactured the solid oxide electrolyzer at the heart of the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment — or MOXIE. The device was named one of Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2023.
Elwell remembers the moment she came around the bend in Chassell, Michigan, headed toward her first campus visit and thinking, “Oh, this is home now. This is where I need to be.”
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