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Brent received his Master’s and PhD in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. He is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who has founded and led several companies: Norian Corporation 1987- 1998, Corazon Technologies 1998- 2002, Skeletal Kinetics 2002-2007, and Calera Corporation 2007 -2010. He is presently CEO at both DeepWater Desal (since 2011) and Blue Planet (since 2012). In the 1980s, Constantz discovered the basic process used by corals to form their skeletons, and based on this knowledge he invented widely-used cements for healing broken bones. In 2007, he launched his efforts to address climate change by sequestering anthropogenic carbon dioxide as building materials, specifically concrete. In 2012, he brought a new discovery of basic biomineralization to practical reality with a scalable solution that can address climate change in an economically and technically sustainable manner. Brent has testified before both the US Senate and the House of Representative about climate change solutions. He received the UCSC Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award in 1998. He is also a former Fulbright Scholar.