Member Spotlight: Alexander Richter

June 2, 2015 7:22 AM

Alexander Richter

NC State University, Lemelson-MIT "Eat It" Student Prize Graduate Winner

Alexander is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. The inventor is passionate about using ethical science to add value to society.  He is committed to bringing to market game-changing innovation and technological solutions to address urgent and grand challenges in global food security.

Alexander approaches scientific advances with an entrepreneurial attitude within the framework of environmental responsibility. In 2013, Alexander co-founded Benanova Inc., an NC State startup focused on developing products solving pressing challenges within the agrochemical and cosmetics industry.

Alexander is devoted to mentoring the next generation of engineering entrepreneurs and is active in youth leadership roles, mentoring senior design teams, and supervising undergraduate researchers. He plans to extend his mentorship role by offering additional industry-focused senior design projects, summer internships and jobs for engineering graduates at BENANOVA Inc.

1) Do you have any nicknames?

Alex is my preferred nickname.

2) If you were running for office, what would your campaign slogan be?

Alexander Richter for President.

3) What is your weirdest or most unique talent?

I speak Russian as my second foreign language.

4) What is the strangest thing in your refrigerator right now?

A big block of cheese.

5) Here at HQ, one of our Core Values is to Leave the World Better than You Found It. How do you live out that value every day?

I consciously recycle my garbage.

6) If a crystal ball could tell you about your life, yourself, your future, or anything else, what would you want to know?

If I was miraculously allowed to run for President, I’d like to know with whom at HQ Raleigh I should team up for a successful campaign.

7) What is the greatest accomplishment of your life so far?

Most probably that my mum is proud of me.

8) When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

Last week.

9) Would you like to be famous? For what?

Not necessarily. It is more important to focus on adding value to society rather than on one’s fame.

10) What do you enjoy most about what you do?

There are many things I enjoy about what I do. One thing that I have been enjoying throughout the last years is to collaborate with great people and leaders in my field to develop sustainable products that will result in lasting benefits to consumers, society and the environment.


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