Alumni Spotlight: Lincoln Evans-Beauchamp ’92

By Lincoln Evans-Beauchamp ’92

Webb is its own rite of passage, one that binds all Webbies together in shared experiences.  The intensity of its academic workload stretched over four years teaches discipline, determination, a strong work ethic, and passion.  The depth of the educational experience - an internalization of the core principles of engineering - teaches confidence, creativity, and open-mindedness, attributes usually associated with entrepreneurs.  The only part that is missing is that spark of competitiveness and initiative that comes from wanting to see your idea grow to into a successful company.

Entrepreneurism is for poker players, willing to go “all in” when they know they have a good hand.  The game can be rewarding financially as well as personally.  There is a great rush when you succeed in building a company that innovates an entire industry.

After graduating from Webb, I did a four-year tour with the US Navy at Naval Reactors as a nuclear engineer on the admiral’s staff, walking in the footsteps of Ted Slotwinski ’73 and Alan Forssell ’53.  Our job was to design the next generation nuclear plants, maintain the current ones, write the procedures that go with the plants, and train the crew to operate the plants safely.  During the “tour” I received a crash course in letter writing, high-reliability systems, and a certificate in nuclear engineering from Bettis Atomic Power Laboratories. What I didn’t do was wear a uniform — or have Navy-regulation short hair.

After the US Navy, I worked for Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman Marine Systems in Sunnyvale, CA as a lead R&D engineer.  Between cranking out innovative proposals for numerous ship and propulsion designs (like a twelve-phase electric-drive power system for the Zumwalt Class) I received a fellowship to go to Stanford.  I graduated with a Masters in Management Science and Engineering, the mouthful they use to mean, “B-school for engineers.”  At this point, the entrepreneur bug bit me hard.

Early startups included Limelight, a digital cinema projection solution that was crushed by TI and JVC; data mining companies such as Data Digest and Inferscape, which improved the effectiveness of advertising on the internet; and semiconductor companies like IDS and PDF Solutions, which maximized the productivity of semiconductor fabrication plants.  Some imploded after only a couple of months. Others, like IDS, went public or were bought.

Now, I am at Purify Solutions where we “engineer clean air.”  Our emission control systems are unique in their capability to reduce emissions and simultaneously improve an engine’s fuel efficiency.  Our sequestration systems, which cost less than a typical emission control system, can capture nearly all of an engine’s NOx, SOx, and even CO2, achieving near-zero emissions, well beyond IMO Tier III, and even giving the ship a zero EEDI.  To protect these technologies for the company, I have been awarded two patents from the USPTO with another 50 or so still pending.  At Purify Solutions, we are currently bringing these products to market worldwide.

Currently, I live in Palo Alto, CA with my wife, Natasha, and our four sons, Edward (12), William (10), Andrew (9) and James (7).