Meaningful Career as an Academic & Entrepreneur 

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao | PhD. at Cornell University
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Mental models for building a career at the intersection of academia with entrepreneurship 

Lessons on grit and perseverance while working on a PhD.

The importance of mentors in professional progression and the role of giving-back

Experience of pursing a multidisciplinary PhD. and finding the ‘right’ supervisor.

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Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao ( is an honoree by three 30 under 30 lists including Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy. His Ph.D. thesis at Cornell University centers around developing scalable photoreactors for solar fuel production, which is featured in the World Economic Forum's white paper as an energy innovation breakthrough of the past decade (2020). He was selected as a Young Scientist Attendee for the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany (2020), was chosen as a Young Investigator Attendee for the 3rd World Laureates Forum in Shanghai, China (2020).

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