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SiGNa co-founder and CEO Michael Lefenfeld awarded Engineering Entrepreneurship Award

April 11, 2017

Michael Lefenfeld, SiGNa’s co-founder and CEO, was recently awarded the Engineering Entrepreneurship Award from his alma mater, Washington University. This award is presented annually to an alumnus who demonstrates passion and innovation in their career.

WashU Engineering Alumni Acheivement Awardees with Dean and Chancellor

“He’s very open to what’s going on around him,” says Ron Cytron, Ph.D., a professor at Washington University. “He sees those problems and tries to figure out how to solve them.”

Michael has developed and commercialized several new technologies in his career. He holds over 50 patents in a variety of different fields, and many of his patents have significant use nationally. By the age of 30, he had launched and sold three companies.

“Michael has the talent to identify promising science that has the potential… to benefit modern technological societies,” says Mike Dudukovic, Ph.D., another professor at Washington University.

One of Michael’s most recent innovations is the ActiveEOR® technology used at SiGNa, an innovation applauded for its dedication to sustainability and safety.

“Once we came up with the chemical that reacted with water to generate heat, gas, and agitation,” Michael says, “we were capable of using that material to perform a broad array of chemical reactions.”

Recently, Michael was recognized as a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was previously given the Presidential Green Chemistry Award for his work at SiGNa.

“I want to thank my family,” Michael says in closing. “They’ve always been supportive of me.”

Congrats to Michael for all he has achieved so far, and to all that he will do in the future!

You can watch the video of Michael’s achievements here.

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