Doctoral Student among Forbes ‘30 under 30 in Science’

Julie Bliss Mullen
Julie Bliss Mullen

Environmental engineering doctoral student Julie Bliss Mullen, co-founder/CEO of Aclarity LLC, has been named to the Forbes “30 under 30 in Science” list for 2019.

Based on research that Mullen did while pursuing her Ph.D., startup Aclarity produces a “plug and play” device that uses low levels of electricity to purify and disinfect water – and even remove metals – without using filters or chemicals.

The company was co-founded in 2016 by Mullen and Barrett Mully, then an MBA student in the Isenberg School of Management.

Mullen directs business development, strategy, and technology platforms for Aclarity while continuing her Ph.D. studies in innovative water treatment solutions.

As part of her studies, she completed four business courses in Isenberg School of Management focusing on entrepreneurship.

Earlier this year, the company was awarded $225,000 by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant program.

The company also has won $26,000 in seed funding in the Berthiaume Center’s Innovation Challenge, $27,500 from the Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator and $65,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

The Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science list was created using nominations from a variety of sources.  Judges were Sabrina Pasterski, a Ph.D. candidate in physics at Harvard and alum of the 2015 Under 30 list; and Dr. Danielle Bassett, a physicist and neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania.