Dr. Megan O'Connor is the CEO and co-founder of Nth Cycle, a company recycling rare metals found in electronics.
O'Connor obtained her B.S. in Chemistry at Union College in 2012. After her Bachelor's degree, she attended Duke University for a PhD in environmental engineering under the supervision of Desiree Plata and graduated in 2017. Her dissertation was about recycling rare metals found in electronics supervised by Dr. Desiree L. Plata. After her PhD she co-founded Nth Cycle.
The Nth Cycle is a start-up founded by Dr. Megan O'Connor, Dr. Desiree Plata and Dr. Chad Vecitis. It is developing technology for recycling rare metals from different electronic devices and manufacturing waste streams. The name represents the fact that the material can be used and reused infinitely many times.
Innovation Crossroads is a 2-year program in order to help clean-tech startups to develop and de-risk their technologies. On 3rd April in 2018, Megan O'Connor won a spot in this program.
In Spring 2020, Nth Cycle became part of the Plug and Play accelerator program in New Material and Packaging branch.
Megan O'Connor was part of the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2019 in the Energy department for her work with Nth Cycle and the contributions it can bring to the environment and the economy in a positive way.