Rawand Rasheed brings a deep technical background. He has a PhD from Rice University and has more than 3 years of experience at NASA, first as a graduate research fellow and then as a Life Support Systems Engineer. Rawand is a named inventor on the patent application for the Helix MICRA™ filter. Rawand also is part of Rice University’s inaugural cohort of innovation fellows, where he is training in business and entrepreneurship. Rawand holds several patents and has published his work on his filters in a top 5% journal (based on impact factor). Rawand recently won first place at the Napier Rice Launch Challenge for Helix Earth Technologies where he competed against 84 other startup companies.