Elisa Teipel is a co-founder of Essentium Materials, LLC and leads operations and technology commercialization efforts. Elisa focuses on the concept of turning waste into new material resources. Examples of some of the waste streams include, coconut waste, recycled rubber tire waste as well as plastic water bottle and bag regrind. Elisa serves as a PI for Essentium with SBIR proposals, and was the PI for Essentium’s successfully completed NSF Phase IIB project (Award #1026842). She has helped successfully launch three products from a previous SBIR award (Load Floor, Moisture Mat, and Structural Guard).

Elisa’s background not only includes material development and generating patent applications for new technologies using waste streams, but her passion for sustainable community development has allowed her to work for the Earth Institute at Columbia University as well as overseas with the offices of three former First Ladies (Laura Bush, Wendy Bergner, Pilar Nores Garcia). Her vision is to build the next generation of essential materials that are used in everyday applications, and are better for the environment, more cost effective and provide jobs in communities around the world.
Elisa has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Master’s degree with an emphasis in materials and polymeric composites from Baylor University and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.


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