Troy Tomasik ’09 won $10,000 from the Evansville New Venture Creation Competition with his concept for the mass production of carbon nanotubes. Tomasik’s interest in nanotubes began in high school; his dual skill sets in chemistry and business are admittedly an unusual combination.
“It is one of those God-given interests. I’ve always enjoyed chemistry and business. I was excited that I could work it out that I could major in both of them,” he said.
“The Lord blessed Troy’s preparation,” said former Professor Mick Bates of Taylor University. “(He) overcame 11 other teams from around the country with a very credible and effective presentation to a group of six judges composed of seasoned southwest Indiana business people.”
“God willing, over the next ten years this business will have a serious impact on the world through the process of commercialization,” Tomasik said. “In the next ten years I see carbon nanotubes being incorporated into products ranging from electrical wiring to clearer flat panel displays, extremely strong and lightweight composite materials, and even conductive plastics and paints.”
“Without the assistance of Professor Bates I would not have had the contacts and knowledge to accomplish this,” Tomasik continued. “The chemistry department has been helpful and knowledgeable. When I come across an impasse they are always quick to lend advice. It makes it more possible for an undergraduate to conduct high-end research.”
Since graduating from Taylor in May 2009, Tomasik continues to move forward with Tiergen Technologies. His statistical design of experiments (DOE) uncovered operating conditions that produced coiled carbon nanotubes and he is pursuing the potential of patenting this process. Troy was accepted into Harvard’s MBA program right out of Taylor and is currently working for a company in Boston until the end of Harvard’s two-year deferment period.