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Dartmouth Engineering Alumni Named to Forbes '30 Under 30' List

Dec 01, 2022   |   Forbes

Dartmouth Engineering alumni Ben Parker '16, Alison Burklund Th'21, and Atri Raychowdhury Th'17 made this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list for their respective contributions to and innovations in the energy, healthcare, and music industries.

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Left to right: Ben Parker ’16, Alison Burklund Th'21 , and Atri Raychowdhury Th'17

Electrifying Recreation Vehicles

Engineering sciences major Ben Parker ’16 launched San Francisco-based Lightship to bring EV technology to the $55 billion recreational vehicle market. 

Parker worked as a battery engineer for Tesla’s Model 3 and became interested in RVs while doing a side project to electrify food trucks. In 2020, he rented a Winnebago for a three-month tour of the American West: “It was one part soul searching, one part business research,” he says. 

He launched Lightship from the road and has since raised $27 million from investors, including Prelude Ventures, Obvious Ventures, and Congruent Ventures. A prototype is expected this spring.

Shortening Time from Diagnosis to Treatment

Burklund, 28, is chief technology officer for Nanopath, the Cambridge, Mass-based company she co-founded with Amogha Tadimety Th'20, where she is pioneering molecular diagnostic technology to improve women's health and save lives.

Nanopath, which spun out of Burklund and Tadimety's research at Dartmouth, is developing tools designed for the complex physiology of female bodies, including diagnostic tools for pelvic and gynecologic infections that provide actionable information within a single visit to clinicians, so patients can begin immediate treatment.

Recently, the company closed a series A funding round of $10 million, bringing its total funding to $11.5 million. Burklund earned her PhD in engineering sciences from Dartmouth, her MEng in bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley, and her BS in biomolecular and chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Empowering Youth for STEM-Related Music Careers

Raychowdhury, 29, currently a senior product manager at Sony Music Entertainment's data strategy group, helped launched data-driven analytic tools for artists and label executives. More recently, Raychowdhury, who leverages his engineering skills and technical leadership daily in his work, recognized the growing need for STEM skills in the music industry.

He helped conceive and now co-leads Sony's STEM leadership program, which launched in 2021 with the non-profit STEM Kids NYC, to introduce and improve STEM pathways into music careers for underserved New York City youths. 

Raychowdhury earned his MEM from Dartmouth and his BS in electrical engineering from Boston University.

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