Dr. Laura Stoy is a scientist, patent-pending inventor, and entrepreneur interested in resource recovery: turning trash into treasure. She dedicated her PhD research to developing methods to recover valuable rare earth elements (REEs) from wastes like coal fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. She applied her scientific experience with REEs to policy while working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency analyzing critical mineral supply chains. As an NSPN fellow, she plans to promote policies that accelerate the development of stable domestic supplies of REEs to safeguard American defense and commercial industries.

By Laura Stoy