Pedro Santos says “it was a complete surprise” to learn he was selected by Forbes as one of its “30 under 30” outstanding people in the energy sector in 2011 for his discovery of innovative technology to lower costs in the natural gas supply chain.
He was featured in the magazine’s December edition, which presented for the first time the most exceptional 30 individuals under the age of 30 in 12 categories, including technology, music, science, media and energy.
Santos, who hails from the Dominican Republic, received his B.S. degree in 2008 from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and later completed his MBA degree in 2010 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.
“Entrepreneurship has been with me since the age of 14 when I started my first company in sports equipment manufacturing and distribution in the Dominican Republic,” Santos says. “I later decided not to apply for a conventional job—what I like about ownership is the self-accountability in making decisions.”
The 27-year-old engineer launched and sold two companies before becoming president and founder of OsComp Systems—based in Houston with offices in Boston. The company has won prizes for its technology project, which reduces by more than 30 percent the operating and capital costs to compress natural gas.
“I really enjoy the natural gas sector and the oil and gas sector in general because there’s so much potential and there’s so much that needs to get done,” Santos says. “Innovation and technology need to be implemented if we are going to be able to provide for our energy needs in the next 30 to 50 years.”