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Lee Enterprises Consulting has assembled a network of consultants with broad expertise in Emerging Technologies: waste-to-energy, pyrolysis, gasification, biobutanol, biochar, carbonization, torrefaction, and hydrothermal upgrading..  In addition to these consultants, we maintain strategic partnerships and working relationships with the world’s top professionals, technologies, and businesses.  Our number of consultants offers great breadth and depth as the premier Bio-economy consulting group with a team approach; and it is our combined talent and expertise that offers comprehensive project support and business advice.

 

Meet Our Emerging Technologies Team

Terry Mazanec (Executive Vice President) - U.S.

Terry has a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The Ohio State University under the direction of Prof Devon Meek.  He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been involved in the renewable fuels and chemicals area for much of his 35 years in R&D.  Terry invented the Oxygen Transport Membrane process for the in situ separation of oxygen from air for the production of syngas from natural gas, and led a multinational industrial technical team to develop and scale up the process.  He has authored 20 refereed publications and has been granted more than 60 US Patents as well as numerous international patents. He has experience in biomass upgrading, natural gas conversion, solid oxide fuel cells, algae production, and chemicals process development.  Terry worked at BP for over twenty years.  Later, as interim CTO of Anellotech, Terry directed R&D and developed intellectual property for Anellotech’s proprietary biomass to aromatics process. Then as Chief Scientist at Velocys, he led the team developing microchannel processes for natural gas upgrading and chemicals production, including catalyst development, corrosion resistance, and metals coating.

Gerald Kutney (Senior Advisor to CEO) - Canada

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Gerald has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and over 15 years of executive management experience with global corporations in technology development and commercialization, biomass economics and procurement, biorefining, bioenergy, and bioproducts. He is a founding member of the Canadian Biochar Initiative and was an Adjunct Professor and Instructor in the Environmental Science Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.  He led the biorefining business of a major forest products company, which included the largest cellulosic ethanol business in North America, a biomass-to-energy CHP facility and an international bioproducts business. Gerald is a published author and his work has resulted in new technological processes, patented inventions and scientific publications. He is Managing Director of Sixth Element Sustainable Management.

Michael Wild (Biomass Torrefaction, Biomass Supply Chain , Municipal Energy Planning) - Austria

Michael is an economist and engineer by education.  He has been active in renewable energies during his 26 year professional career and is President of the International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC). He pioneered biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries.  Michael started the first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) in 1999, and for over a decade, led the international biomass trading company, EBES, in creating numerous intercontinental supply chains for palm kernel shell, pellets and wood chips.  Since 2007, he has been a world leader in torrefaction technology development, supporting producers and trading houses in the US, Eastern Europe, Russia and Malaysia developing their trade into Europe.

Hugh McLaughlin (Biochar, Pyrolysis, Activated Carbons) - U.S.

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Hugh has a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of So. California, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts. Hugh is a recognized technical/technology expert in biochar and activated carbon, having designed and commercialized patented technologies for their production. He is a leading authority on biochar properties and characterization.  In addition to a consulting career in activated carbon, Hugh was the director of biochar research for an emerging pyrolysis venture in Canada.  He continues to have a high profile in the biochar research community, having written several publications and authored three chapters in the book, “The Biochar Revolution”. Hugh has over thirty years experience in process chemistry and engineering, industrial R&D, and scale-up of new technologies.

David Edwards (Pilot Plant Design & Manufacture) - Canada

David is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at our strategic partner, Zeton Inc., the recognized world leader in the design and fabrication of lab scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants and small modular production plants. David studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham in England, completing his M. Eng. in 1987. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. He is a member of AIChE and IChemE. David is involved in all aspects of supplying turnkey, fully-automated pilot plants to its customers.

Douglas Bradley (Biomass Supply Chains, Biomass Markets, Project Evaluation of Pyrolysis Oil, Torrefied Wood, Business Plan Development) - Canada

Douglas has a B.Sc. (Honours, Mathematics) from Queen’s University, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He has 30+ years’ experience in oil & gas, banking, and forest products. He was Director-Strategic Planning for a major forest products company 1990-2002, where he evaluated investments up to $1.5 billion, and became an expert in forest carbon sequestration of forest management activities. Since 2002 he has consulted in bioenergy and climate change issues with clients in the EU, Canada, and the US. He was for  7 years the Canadian rep on IEA Bioenergy Task 40- Bio-trade, where he was key author on studies of long distance supply chains, and BioTrade financing. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the World Bioenergy Association. In 2007-2013 he was part-time President of the Canadian Bioenergy Association where he grew association revenues 7-fold, led 17 trade missions to Europe and Asia, and organized 20+ bioenergy conferences from coast to coast. He is now working with partners to develop a $200 million BioTrade Fund to invest in biomass plants and associated supply chains worldwide to bring densified biomass competitively to European and Asian markets. 

Brian Goodall (Oil Extraction, Nutraceutical Formulations, Biodiesel Fuels, Government Grants, Catalysis, Polymers) – U.S. and U.K.

Brian Goodall obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Bristol (U.K.). His career spans Big Oil (Royal Dutch/Shell), Major Chemical companies (BFGoodrich, Rohm and Haas, Albemarle), Start-ups (Imperium Renewables, Sapphire Energy) and privately held companies (Valicor). Brian’s experience covers the spectrum from invention and innovation (about 100 published US patents) to commercialization and business development. Brian has led the internal innovation programs at 2 major companies, and raised over $130 million in funding from various Federal agencies. Landmark contributions in the renewables space include his key contributions to the first non-petroleum-derived jet fuel to fly on a commercial jet (Virgin Atlantic February 2008 – from coconut oil) and the first US flight (Continental Airlines, January 2009 – from algae oil) as well as the algae-derived gasoline fraction that powered the Algaeus hybrid to drive from San Francisco to Washington DC in 2009. He is an expert in the development and commercialization of oil extraction and fractionation from botanicals ranging all the way from algae (e.g. for omega-3’s, astaxanthin, chemical feedstocks and fuel precursors) to cannabis for the various cannabinoids sought for medicinal applications and more. This background in understanding the value of nutraceuticals is a strength in expertise. Brian is an experienced expert witness in patent litigations.

Katrina Cornish (Biopolymers, Biobutanol, Bioproducts, Biomass Utilization and Emerging Technologies) - U.S.

Katrina has a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Birmingham, England.  She is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Science, and has more than 30 years’ experience in government, academia and the private sector. Dr. Cornish led the USDA’s development of domestic natural rubber and rubber latex sources from 1989-2004. She was honored as the USDA’s Outstanding Senior Scientist of the Year in 1998 and won a presidential award from the American Chemical Society in 2002. She is currently an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials at The Ohio State University.  She has 175 papers and patents in biochemistry engineering, crop development, biopolymers, processing engineering, and product development.

Zsuzsa Mayer (Pyrolysis, Biomass, Biochar and Biofuel Characterization, Analysis & Advanced Process Optimization) - United Kingdom

Zsuzsa has an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. She is a chartered chemical engineer and scientist specializing in intermediate and fast pyrolysis, and an analytical chemist specializing in biomass characterization (energy crops, micro algae, industrial and agriculture waste etc.), bio-oil characterization (physical, chemical and fuel properties) and char characterization (both for soil and for energy applications). Zsuzsa has designed and set up cutting edge laboratories, and published several peer reviewed research papers and patents. She is a hands on expert of a very wide range of analytical instruments necessary for the effective support of R&D activities and industrial scale fuel production. Zsuzsa is an expert of several advanced statistical methods essential for pyrolysis process optimization, product upgrading and quality control. She joined the European Bioenergy Research Institute in 2009 and currently works as a Principal Analytical Chemist and Biofuel Researcher in Oxford, UK.

Bob Kodrzycki (Emerging Technologies, Biotechnology, Biomass Feedstocks, Biofuels, Project Development, Technical Assessment, Due Diligence) – U.S.

Bob Kodrzycki has 28 years’ experience in synthetic biology, genomics and biofuels in the Ag Tech, Industrial and Renewable sectors. A PhD scientist who understands business, Bob started his career by building industrial R&D programs with an eye on commercialization and later made the transition to business development and supporting the investment community.

He has performed technical and operational due diligence, data verification as well as competitive analysis for investors in biotech. He excels at understanding the critical points within the background sea of information. A skilled manager, Bob provides interim leadership during times of transition and as a fractional CSO to startups. With his deep understanding of how technology and markets interact he has been effective at identifying emerging technology, evaluating markets and adapting them to biotech businesses.

The Principal at Encompass Biotech LLC, Bob has worked in varied situations from Fortune 500 companies to startups. He is active in SCBC, the South Carolina Biomass Council, was involved in developing the SC Clean Power Plan and has acted as industry liaison for several academic consortia to develop commercial-ready technologies. He is an inventor on 12 granted patents and 39 patent applications.

Elham Khaghani (Pyrolysis, Plastics, Microwave Energy) - Middle East

Elham holds a B.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering, a M.Sc degree in Petroleum Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical engineering.  She has studied microwave pyrolysis of plastics including mathematical modelling, kinetic studies, thermochemical process design, and reactor and heat exchanger design. She is a process/chemical engineer involved in multidisciplinary projects, and supported R&D teams in biomass pyrolysis. Elham has experience in process design simulation, feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed designs, equipment sizing, engineering reviews of P&IDs, PFDs, PSFS and Hazardous area drawings, and associated reports (Basis of Design, Technical Notes and Queries, Design Reviews, HAZOPs).

Angela Fivga (Plastics, Pyrolysis, Biomass, Process Design, Process Simulation & Economic Feasibility Studies, Waste to Energy) - New Zealand

Angela received her BEng and MEng. Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Management of Renewable Energy Resources) from the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from Aston University, UK. She is a mechanical and chemical engineer with a strong background in pyrolysis, biomass, plastic waste management, and thermochemical conversion technologies. Her Ph.D. thesis contributed to the EC Biosynergy project, which evaluated bio-refineries for transport fuels.  In addition her many research activities, she has experience with process design, PFD, P&ID, HAZOP and techno-economic simulations using HYSYS Aspen, and has worked on the development and optimization of both small, and large pyrolysis systems (including establishing design and operating parameters for commercial versions of prototype systems).  Her most recent work has been as the head of R&D for Recycling Technologies, where she focused on enabling mixed plastic waste to be converted to heavy fuel substitutes and refined feedstock for plastics production.

Hong Cui (Biomass fuel processing and thermochemical conversion; Application of bio-coal, bio-char and activated carbon)- U.S.

Hong has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After several years conducting post-doctoral research in Japan and USA, he joined a university-affiliated energy institute as a research faculty member. With his solid educational background and working experience on coal chemistry and processing, Hong leverages his understanding and knowledge in renewable energy focusing on alternative fuels and bioenergy technology development. He has expertise in biomass fuel processing, characterization, and evaluation of thermochemical conversion processes. He has working experience in biomass gasification for syngas and hydrogen production, especially R&D in syngas clean-up or conditioning by removing tar, ammonia, sulfur, chloride, cyanide, heavy metals at elevated temperatures. His current research has been focused on processing agriculture waste in an integrated bio-refinery system with CO2 separation, capture, storage and utilization.  Hong has authored more than 50 technical reports and peer-reviewed papers in recognized professional journals.

Hong served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Energy and Fuels, American Chemistry Society and as the Editor/Director of Preprints of Fuel Chemistry (2009-2011) and Preprint of Energy and Fuels (2012-2016).

David Nash (Waste to Energy Fuels and Construction Programs; Financial & Acquisition Management Services; Project Management) – U.S.

Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Financial Management. He has over 50 years’ experience in leading large organizations. He is currently the President of Sustainable Biofuels Solutions, a waste to energy company with two technologies to convert carbon based waste into either a high BTU gas or drop in fuels. He is also President of Dave Nash and Associates, LLC which is a company that provides consulting in construction program and project management. He was in the U. S. Navy for 33 years where he was a uniformed Civil Engineer responsible for construction and maintenance of Navy facilities around the world.   He was responsible for the initial set up and management of an $18 billion reconstruction program in Iraq after hostilities ceased. He is a registered engineer in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

He is a fellow in ASCE, a member of the National Academy of Construction, a member of the National Academy of Engineering where he is the current chair of the Civil Engineering Section, a fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers and many other professional organizations. He has lead several committees doing research for the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academies.

Zoltan Kish (Technical Due Diligence, Waste-to-Energy, Waste-to-Gas, & Gas-to-Liquid, Gasification, Pyrolysis, Biomass, & Biochar) - Canada

Zoltan Kish received his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Materials Science from the N. S. Kurnakov Institute of General & Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. He has over 25 years of diverse industrial and academic experience and has authored 75 scientific publications, including a book, 2 patented inventions, 4 monographs, and 68 Articles and Abstracts of Papers.

Dr. Kish is fluent in English, Hungarian, Russian, and Ukrainian. He has been the Director of Research & Development at two major Canadian energy companies, where he focused on Waste-to-Gas & Gas-to-Liquids technologies, gasification & pyrolysis of biomass, municipal solid waste reformation into syngas, unique scrubbing and gas cleaning systems, mass & energy balances, process modeling & optimization, clean energy, catalysts, and gas chemistry for power generation and higher value products, such as hydrogen, synthetic liquid biofuels and chemicals.

He also contributed to the advanced materials developments for many fields of applications, such as CleanTech, ceramic engine components, materials processing, and electronics. Dr. Kish provides science and technology assessments and technical due diligence in the fields of Clean Technologies & Energy, Materials Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Sustainable Products, and Advanced Materials Applications. He works as a consultant for Lee Enterprises Consulting and he is Principal and Owner of Quasar ScienceTech in Canada.

Daniel Lane (Technical assessment, due diligence, scale-up planning & management, process & technology development, project management, commercialization) - U.S.

Daniel Lane is an engineering leader with 20 years’ experience and success in process & technology development in multiple fields, including consumer products, specialty chemicals, and renewable fuels and chemicals. As founder and president of Saille Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in advancing the growth of startup firms in the bioprocess industries, he serves both potential investors and stakeholders by evaluating technologies for funding and to identify key areas to focus R&D efforts. Dr. Lane has held executive and senior leadership roles with multiple start-up companies in the renewables industry focusing on biomass conversion and scale-up of technology and processes. He has been instrumental to the design and construction of seven pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities around the world, producing first- (corn) and second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol, cellulosic sugars, and bio-based animal feeds from a variety of lignocellulosic feedstocks. Dr. Lane spent the first half of his career in process engineering and project management, commercializing technology with such companies as Procter & Gamble and Degussa, performing process and equipment troubleshooting, benchmarking, feasibility studies, and installing and commissioning myriad process packages. With his proficiency in process simulation and technoeconomic modeling, Dr. Lane is a recognized expert in technical assessment for both private and government funding sources and has helped companies secure over $170MM in financing. Dr. Lane was awarded the James W. Stewart Jr. honor scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University, where he earned his B.E. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.  He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech.

Andrew Grant (MSW, Gasification, Biomass Conversion, Wood Pellet and Landfill Projects) - U.S.

Andrew has a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and over 35 years’ experience as a manager of biomass conversion projects.  He has been involved in providing guarantees of performance, environmental impact and cost studies, for coal and biomass conversion technologies, and has performed due diligence studies of technologies and of facilities.  Andrew is familiar with a wide range of biomass processing, ranging from wood chips to rice straw to MSW, and is experienced in greenhouse gas reduction and carbon footprinting, in the use of waste biomass, and other emerging technologies.

Andrew performs studies on fuel supplies, new biomass fuels, boiler operation, plant modernization, and assesses a wide range of technologies, and assists developer/owners in managing project scope and costs. He is also available to assist with permitting, interconnection applications and contracting, fuel plans, and the integration of other site facilities.

Damiana Serafini (Sustainable Alternative Fuels for Aviation, Anaerobic Digestion, Sustainability Biomaterials Certification, Sustainable Waste Management) - Spain

Damiana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Instituto Technologico de Buenos Aires – ITBA). Her work includes more than 17 years of experience in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), including feedstock production and selection, processing technology, supply chain, quality and sustainability certification, policy, and carbon trading schemes.  She has collaborated with IATA on quantifying the challenges associated with adopting a sustainability certification standard for biofuel production. Damiana also leads the development of a strategic roadmap for the successful deployment of SAF for aviation for Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization, a division of the United Nations.

Damiana acquired public sector experience as the Director of General of Environment & Energy Efficiency for Vicente López County Office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her time in office, she developed and deployed public programs on waste management, water conservation, urban agriculture and energy efficiency. Damiana has also helped develop the biogas industry in Argentina, conducting R&D studies on the potential for power generation via anaerobic digestion processes using animal and agricultural waste as feedstock for the Province of Buenos Aires, a study funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, for the benefit of the Organismo Provincial de Desarrollo Sostenible, Argentina.

Alan Jacobson (Ethanol, Biodiesel and Biomass Power in the areas of Feedstock Availability, Infrastructure Development, Contracting, Procurement Monitoring and Financing Due Diligence) - U.S.

Alan offers extensive biomass-to-energy expertise. During the past thirty years, Alan has specialized in biomass availability and cost studies of agricultural residues, urban wood residues, forest residues, and sawmill and remanufacturing residues for financial institutions and project developers. These studies have been conducted in the states of California, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Country of Tanzania, Africa, the Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and throughout the Country of Italy.

Alan has extensive experience developing the infrastructure required to collect, process and transport all types of biomass, in negotiating long-term biomass fuel supply contracts, and in biomass fuel handling and inventory management. Alan was responsible for the procurement of wood fuel for the first stand–alone biomass power plants in northern California.  Alan has also prepared biomass feedstock supply plans and negotiated contracts for delivery of rice straw and wood waste to potential ethanol projects.

Alan has qualified as an expert witness in litigation of biomass facilities. Alan has a diverse professional forestry background in California, Oregon and Idaho spanning sixteen years of managing timberlands and procuring raw materials for sawmills.

Lorenz Bauer (Bio Oil Upgrading, Catalytic Pyrolysis, Catalyst Hydroprocessing and Hydrocracking, Hazardous Waste Recycling, and Contaminant Removal, Commercialization) - U.S.

Lorenz earned a degree in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is the inventor on more than 18 patents with 8 more pending and 15 technical papers.   He had 26 years’ experience at UOP, the premier licensor of refining and petrochemical catalysts and processes.  While at KiOR, a biofuel start-up, his team successfully upgraded about 1 million gallons of catalytic pyrolysis oil to a drop in fuel that was directly blended with commercial fuels and sold to consumers.  He has a unique blend of process, catalyst and characterization skills.    His ideas increased yields by 10% and saved millions of dollars in capital equipment.  He is an expert in catalyst preparation and applications for both direct conversion, liquefaction and upgrading.  He participated in the commercialization and scale up of new technologies for Catalytic Pyrolysis, Upgrading non-traditional Feeds, Contaminant Removal, Hydroprocessing and Hydrocracking Catalysts, Heavy Oil and Hazardous Waste Recycling.  He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and an expert statistical analysis, data mining, experimental design and modeling.   Lorenz is also knowledgeable in carbohydrate and petrochemical processes to produce high purity small molecules.

Chibi Takaya (Slow Pyrolysis, Hydrothermal Carbonisation, Char activation) - West Africa

Chibi holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering, and an MSc and Ph.D. in Energy & Environment from The University of Leeds.  She has been involved in the production, characterization, and modification of waste-derived biochars and hydrochars for soil/compost and wastewater nutrient management. Chibi has also explored the potential for ammonia gas abatement from source using waste-derived biomass feedstocks. With an interest in African bio-economies, she is interested in delivering sustainable, cost-effective waste management strategies across various developing cities.

John Forcier (Anaerobic Digester & Biogas Projects) - U.S.

John has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and has more than 43 years of experience in the planning, design, permitting and construction of small through multi-million dollar municipal and private renewable energy, biogas, anaerobic digester, wastewater and composting projects throughout the eastern U.S.A. He is President of our strategic partner, Forcier Consulting Engineers, PC and was honored as the Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1999.  His unique experience includes 19 years in the construction industry as project manager, estimator, CPM scheduler and construction manager and 24 years in consulting engineering as the CEO, design and construction project manager and project principal. His related anaerobic digester/biogas experience includes farm-based, commercial, industrial, municipal and wastewater treatment facility systems utilizing biosolids, manures, food waste, glycerin, SSO, DAF and FOG with electrical outputs from 190 kWe to 1 MWe and thermal energy to 3.7 MMBTU/h. John is a Professional Engineer and has provided presentations on renewable energy, anaerobic digesters and biogas at several renewable energy conferences and Universities.

Mark Farrer - (Biodiesel, Biogas, Renewable Chemicals & Fuels) -U.S.

Mark earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993. He has been involved in many aspects of biodiesel since 2003. His work includes research and development of new production methods and processes, including one of the first commercial applications of a solid catalyst used in biodiesel production. Mark has designed process equipment and managed the entire process of constructing of biodiesel plants. This work included the process engineering, project management of the equipment fabrication and facility construction. Mark also commissioned and led the operations for two separate biodiesel facilities as General Manager and Director of Operations, respectively. Mark continued working with other remote facilities to provide technical expertise for engineering and operations improvement and troubleshooting. Mark has led the effort working with other consultants to secure BQ-9000 accreditation for multiple biodiesel facilities. This included the needed training for the staff to follow the required operation and laboratory procedures.

Mark’s knowledge and expertise in biodiesel includes process engineering, operations, staffing, laboratory analyses, feedstock sourcing and biodiesel sales.

In addition to Mark’s experience in biodiesel, he also has experience in biogas production and processing, water and wastewater treatment, natural gas processing including refrigeration, separation and liquids fractionation / distillation, and glycerin refining.

Jess Hewitt – Gulf Hydrocarbon, Inc. (RIN Consulting; Offtake, Isobutanol & Fuel Additives) - U.S.

Jess received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston in 1980.  He is the Chairman of Gulf Hydrocarbon, the premier provider of biodiesel to the petroleum industry. Jess has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry.  He is a former member of the National Biodiesel Board and the immediate past Chairman of its Marketing Committee.  He served as President of the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas and on the advisory board for the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).  He is a member of the ASTM committee governing petroleum products/biodiesel. He is a top authority on RINS, and directs our RIN consulting and offtake operations.  Jess also handles our isobutanol projects – marketing, fuels registration for EPA, RFS2 registration, and assistance with manufacturing and importer registration with the EPA and  IRS.

William Quapp (Waste to Energy, Municipal Waste, Plasma Gasification, Nuclear Projects) - U.S.

Bill has Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.E.) from San Jose State University.  He is a licensed Professional Nuclear Engineer with extensive project experience in plasma gasification, chemical, mechanical and nuclear engineering.  In addition to handling our nuclear projects, Bill develops and analyzes gasification projects, performs technical and financial feasibility analysis for converting hazardous chemical waste streams to electrical energy, and works in the conversion of municipal wastes to energy.  He has extensive knowledge in the regulatory aspects of waste streams and has firsthand experience in obtaining air permits.  Over his 45 year career, Bill has been involved in numerous projects, has published over 75 reports and papers, and holds four patents in waste destruction, chemical conversion, and nuclear shielding fields.

Elizabeth Hood (Industrial Enzymes, Foreign Gene Expression in Transgenic Plants, Plant Cell Wall Structure and Function, and Protein Targeting) - U.S.

Dr. Hood has an M.S. in Botany from Oklahoma State University, a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and more than thirty five years of experience. She is a Distinguished Professor of Agriculture at Arkansas State University and owns two companies – one to produce enzymes for biomass conversion from transgenic plants, and another to help deregulate transgenic plants to produce those proteins and enzymes. She runs an active research lab at ASU in plant-based protein production technology and cell wall structure and function. Dr. Hood held positions at Utah State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.  She was a Program Director in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation in 2003-2004, and was a leader in forming one of the world’s foremost transgenic plant research groups at ProdiGene, a plant biotechnology company. She served as the director of the cell biology group for plant production of therapeutic proteins at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a Fortune 500 Company. Dr. Hood is internationally recognized expert with over 75 publications and patents.  She is a renowned national and international speaker with a keen interest in the areas of renewable resources, using enzymes for industrial processes rather than chemicals. To date her company has produced three (3) single activity cellulases, and a peroxidase.

Terry Podgorski, ASA (Machinery and Equipment Appraisals) – U.S.

Terry holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Grand Valley State University and has over 23 years’ experience as a machinery and equipment appraiser.  He has considerable experience in manufacturing including chief operating officer and plant manager.  He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers and holds a Machinery and Technical Specialties designation.  He owns Machinery Valuation Specialists, LLC, based in Holland, Michigan.  He has performed hundreds of machinery and equipment appraisals, including many in alternative fuels and other energy related fields.  His appraisals have been used for a variety of purposes including financing, tax, accounting, insurance, buying and selling, litigation support, and auctions.  He also consults and assists companies and financial institutions with the selling and disposition of assets.

Susan Olson – Genscape, Inc. (Biogas, Renewable Electricity, RIN Integrity) - U.S.

Susan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Evansville and a Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. After post-doctoral research with the Office of Naval Research, she led design-build-test stages of the Main Fuel Throttle Valve (MFTV) for the Joint Strike Fighter for Honeywell before coming to Genscape, where she serves as the Vice President of Analytical Research and Development. Her current focus is developing proprietary information services for the agricultural commodities and renewable fuels markets using monitoring technology and analytics. She leads the company’s RIN Integrity Network™.

Mindy Collier (Grants & Plant Organizational Startup) - U.S.

Mindy has a B.A. from Indiana State University and an M.A. in Planning & Management from Indiana University.  She is the founder and President of Collier & Associates and has over 25 years of consulting experience, including “hands on” experience in biodiesel plants.  Mindy is also an experienced grant writer and has successfully written grants for solar, biodiesel and other alternative fuels projects.  She works with our clients in identifying and writing all types of alternative and renewable grants.   For our biodiesel clients, she is available to direct the setup, monitoring and tracking of data for EPA and IRS reporting, RIN generation, tax incentives, and the purchasing of process chemicals and feedstock.

Earl Stout (Government Projects) - U.S.

Earl has a B.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a M.A. in Management from the Central Michigan University. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Earl has been a senior level manager/consultant in both government and private sectors for 40 years.  He owned the first DAV Small Business to provide biodiesel to the VA.  He has performed many feasibility studies for the government, and trained over 4000 military officers in financing and logistics.  He developed business plans for biodiesel operations as far away as Libya and Mauritania.  Earl serves as our liaison for government purchasing/contracts.

Jonathan Lewis (Renewable Aviation/Jet Fuels) - France

Jonathan has a B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Deree-Pierce University in Athens (Greece) and forty years of international flying experience. He has more than 17,000 hours of Pilot-in-Command, heavy, multi-engine turbine time (Jumbo-jet experience, including the Boeing B-747-200F).  He has participated in the development of Renewable Jet Fuels and is one of the discoverers of the benefits of a new Renewable Jet fuel with heavier carbon molecules.  Jonathan has extensive logistics experience and has helped deploy biofuels both nationally and internationally. He has also helped to launch new biofuels like renewable methanol from renewable natural gas and is an active proponent of 3rd/4th generation biofuels technology.  He is actively involved in development of cellulosic diesel technologies.