Kalispell has been recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of its “35 Innovators Under 35.” According to MIT, these innovators are building the stuff of the future, from a smart sweatband to tomorrow’s memory technology.
Growing up in rural Montana, Kendra Kuhl watched the namesake ice formations of nearby Glacier National Park shrink. “We could see global warming happening,” she says. The sight drove her professional ambitions. “I liked the idea of putting atoms together in new ways that are potentially friendly to the environment,” she says. That’s just what Kuhl hopes to do through the startup she cofounded in 2014. Opus 12 is working on a reactor that will take the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and make useful chemicals from it.