Charles Cai is a Bioenergy Researcher and Entrepreneur for MG Fuels where he serves a CTO.  He is based in Los Angeles, California .  Charles was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017 for the Energy category. 
Cai attended the University of California, Davis and was part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2010. He earned a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside . 
Early in his career, Cai was a Engineer at Marrone Bio Innovations and a Scientist at Amyris Inc.  For two years, he was a Technology Consultant and Partner at CogniTek.  In 2016, he cofounded MG fuels and commercialized a biofuels process he helped develop at the University of California, Riverside.  It received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the USDA.