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Dr. Charles Cai Receives Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Dr. Charles Cai Receives Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

November 1, 2017

Charles CaiDr. Charles Cai was recently honored with the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by the UCR Alumni Association. This award is presented to alumni aged 35 or younger who have demonstrated exceptional career and/or civic achievement, and who show great professional promise.

The selection process is highly competitive, and considers factors such as the candidate’s outstanding achievements, career timeline, and the influence of the candidate’s work on the broader community beyond his or her own sphere of vocational or volunteer achievement.

Dr. Cai, a 2015 graduate, holds a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering. He is the co-founder of MG Fuels, a sustainable energy company that is leveraging  his patented biofuels technology to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter into both biofuels and chemicals in a cost-effective manner. His work has been supported by government agencies such as the Department of Energy, and he was named to the “Forbes 30 under 30” list in the energy category for 2017.

The award was presented at the annual Chancellors Dinner on October 21, 2017, which was held in the third floor ballroom of the UCR Highlander Union Building.  The proceeds from event tickets and sponsorships benefitted scholarship and fellowship initiatives at UCR.

Dr. Cai’s recognition by the UCR Alumni Association continues a 31 year tradition of honoring graduates who embody the university’s values of personal and professional excellence. To read the UCR Today feature on this award, click here. To view a video showcasing  this achievement, click here.

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