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Lee Enterprises Consulting has assembled a network of consultants with broad expertise in Water Treatment.  In addition to these consultants, we maintain strategic partnerships and working relationships with the world’s top Water Treatment 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 Water Treatment Team

Joel Stone (Executive Vice President) - U.S.

Joel Stone is the President of ConVergInce Advisers and has been a long term visionary and respected leader in commercialization of industrial biotechnology. Joel is the former President of Green Biologics Inc. where he led the development of the commercial platform of the company in North America for renewable n-butanol for use in the renewable chemical markets and ultimately “Advanced” biofuels. He now serves as President and Founder of ConVergInce Advisers and offers adviser services for industrial biotechnology companies including Green Biologics Limited based in Abingdon, England. Prior to the merger in 2011 with Green Biologics, Joel was CEO of butylfuel™ Inc.   Previously he was responsible for leading Osage Bio Energy in establishing new product and business opportunities where as the company Chief Operations Officer he was instrumental in ushering BioRefining to the forefront of biofuel facilities. Joel has served as the Chief Operating Officer for both AS Alliances Biofuels LLC and previously Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation. During his tenure with ASAlliances, Joel’s accomplishments included the planning, construction, and startup of three 100 MMGPY fuel grade ethanol plants. Mr. Stone provided operations leadership as Vice President of Operations of Balchem Corporation, a manufacturer of controlled release food ingredients and animal feed nutrients; and 11 years as Vice President of Operations for Opta Food Ingredients, a developer and manufacturer of functional starch, protein, and fiber ingredients. Earlier in his career Joel served as Director of Manufacturing for Genencor, a biotechnology developer and manufacturer of food and industrial grade enzymes. During the 1980’s Mr. Stone provided leadership in the design, startup, and operation of three fuel ethanol facilities. Mr. Stone holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University; and an M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Joel was a previous Board Member of Green Biologics and presently serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the BioRenewable Deployment Consortium.

Jeffery P. Robert (Water Treatment, Project & Process Development, Technology & Equipment Selection, Cost Estimation, Plant Commissioning, Operational Assessment, and Organizational Alignment) U.S.

Jeff has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and 35 years of extensive technology development, commercial implementation, and operations management background.  He has a diverse multi-disciplinary background in Engineering, R&D, Operations, Management, and Business.  Having spent roughly half of his career in manufacturing facilities, He brings a hands-on, problem solving approach with both teams and processes. Jeff spent first half of his career in the food industry, specializing in new product/process development, process scale-up, project management, and plant operations, with a successful track record in taking technologies from the lab to commercial scale.  He spent the last 15 years in First Gen Ethanol, Cellulosic Technologies, and Biochemicals, and as a seasoned executive in the bioeconomy, Jeff offers broad experience in all aspects of commercialization including facility site selection, project development, permitting, process development, scale up, equipment selection, detailed design, cost estimating, construction supervision, commissioning, performance testing and facility operation.

Scott Warfield (Water Treatment, Renewable Chemicals & Ethanol, Biomass Power, Anaerobic Digesters) - U.S.

Scott is an executive manager and leader with more than 35 years of management experience in engineering, construction and facilities operations in several industries including defense and government, manufacturing, semiconductor production, electrical and gas utilities and several renewable energy, fuel or chemical production start-up companies.  He recently completed construction of the first commercial scale, renewable acetone and butanol (ABE) production facility. Scott has managed all aspects of the project life cycle from concept and due diligence through engineering, permitting, construction, commissioning, operations and retirement and has more than 15 years in EPC contract management and execution.  His projects typically range in value from $10’s of million up to $500 million with two projects exceeding $1.5 billion.   Scott has worked internationally in Mexico, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Asia and Australia.

Scott earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1981 and his MBA from Webster University in 1998.  He was formerly a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.  Scott has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Departments of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his expertise in renewable energy technologies and has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous renewable energy conferences.  He also served on joint EPRI and Sematech industry councils to improve power quality for the semiconductor industry.  Scott has been the recipient of three national awards for excellence in EPC construction.

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.

Ronald Newman (Formulation chemistry, quality assurance, risk assessment, process startup, complex chemistry troubleshooting, supply chain intelligence) - U.S.

Ronald has a PhD in chemical engineering & chemical technology from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, UK, and a diploma in cosmetic science from the London College of Fashion. He spent 17 years in the chemical industry leading multi-functional teams for the identification and commercialization of new chemicals, followed by 18 years working on the development & commercialization of new consumer products. Ronald started his own consulting business in 2012 with the principal goal of providing “ecologically sound product development” to companies with the aim of commercializing new product based on renewable materials. He has been a frequent contributor to “Household & Personal Care Today” technical journal writing articles about promising consumer product applications of renewable materials.

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.

Gregory T. Benz (Agitation, Mixing, Fermentation and Bioreactor Design) - U.S.

Greg has a BSChemE from the University of Cincinnati and over 40 years’ experience in the design of agitation systems, specializing in fermentation and bioreactors  He is a  Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and the President of Benz Technology International, Inc. Most of the well-known biofuel technology providers have used Greg as a consultant as he has experience in continuous flow, multistage reactor design. Currently he does agitation, mixing and bioreactor design consultation, including equipment specification and bid evaluation. He has designed more than 150 fermenter agitators, as well as many polymer and biofuel agitation systems. He is a member of AIChE, ISPE, SIM, SBE, American Mensa and the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He has authored more than 20 technical articles. He has specific experience doing business in China, having managed his former employer’s business there for years, and having consulted there for multiple clients. He has traveled to China dozens of times and is a student of its language and culture.

Anju Krivov (Biogas. Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Waste to Energy) - U.S.

Anju has a Ph.D. in Zoology and Environmental Pollution and is President and Chief Science and Technology officer of GSR Solutions LLC, currently focused on creating valued byproducts production from waste streams utilizing biomass such as algae. She is also affiliated with the University of Vermont as a Biofuels Instructor where she directs ‘Waste to Energy’ the ‘Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels’ programs that bring together professionals from both public & private sectors for experiential learning. At GSR, she has been leading one of the three Farm to Fly F2F2 national level initiatives supported by the US Department of Agriculture and supply chain partners. She led several other waste to energy projects supported by US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency; EPSCoR; National Science Foundation, NASA, and several state initiatives and stakeholders for production of algae biofuel and by-products integrated with waste management for cost-efficiency. Dr. Krivov is an advisor to the Buckminster Fuller challenge program.  Her work has been featured in television, radio and print, and she is a frequently invited speaker at conferences, state programs, and workshops. She published a definitive College textbook, “Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels” with Elsevier Science marketed by leading booksellers. She continues to explore novel ways for realizing the long term energy goals.

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.

Kish, Zoltan (Waste-to-Energy, Gas-to-Energy, & Liquid-to-Gas Technologies, Advanced Materials) - 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 authored 72 scientific publications, including a book, 2 patented inventions, 4 monographs, and 65 Articles and Abstracts of Papers. Dr. Kish 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 of biomass, municipal solid waste reformation into syngas, unique scrubbing and gas cleaning systems, mass & energy balances, catalysts, and gas chemistry for power generation and higher value products, such as hydrogen, synthetic liquid bio-fuels and chemicals. Zoltan 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 Technology & Energy, Materials Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Advanced Materials Applications. Fluent in English, Hungarian, Ukrainian, and Russian, he currently resides in Ontario, Canada.