The honorees, Jeremiah Chapman and Alex Frommeyer, are among the group of 30 innovators under the age of 30 who are “modernizing the way things are made in a greener, tech-savvy world,” according to a story released Jan. 6.

Chapman, 24, is the founder of FreshFry LLC, a company that creates products that extend the life of oil in deep fryers for restaurants. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UofL in 2012 and a master’s in 2013.

Chapman said UofL helped him in many ways.

“Speed taught me how to think critically and quickly while many professors indoctrinated the need to execute,” he said. “The biggest help was from the community and alumni. They believed in me and my dreams, and that’s a great feeling.”

Frommeyer, 27, is co-founder of Beam Technologies LLC, a company that makes smart toothbrushes that connect to phones and measure how well and often customers brush their teeth. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UofL in 2010 and his master’s in 2011.

Frommeyer also said his time at UofL put him on the path to success.

“My experience at UofL’s Speed School gave me a strong technical background, brought me to a campus that allowed me to meet and befriend my Beam co-founders Dan Dykes and Alex Curry and provided access to an amazing city that served as the playground to sharpen my business acumen and entrepreneurial skills,” he said.

The Forbes 30 Under 30 in manufacturing list was compiled from nominations from a variety of sources. The judges were Ted Duclos, president of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies; Jenny Lawton, CEO of Makerbot; and John Nottingham, co-founder of Nottingham Spirk.

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.