Allison Pieja is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Mango Materials, a start-up company in the Bay Area that produces biodegradable plastics from waste methane gas. She is responsible for developing the technology, including fermentation and downstream processing, managing a research team, and leading the scale-up effort. Allison holds a B.S.E. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, where she developed the process of producing biodegradable plastic from methane. Allison has expertise in applied microbiology and chemistry.
Mango Materials is the recipient of an NSF Phase I &II Small Business Grant, the 2012 winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, and the recipient of a 2013 grant from the Water Environment Research Foundation.