Research Interests

Computational and mathematical modeling of catalytic fast pyrolysis

Fuels optimization for high-efficiency engines

Biomass sustainability and land use issues

R&D program management

Biomass conversion (biochemical and thermochemical) to fuels and chemicals

Biofuels sustainability

Strategic planning and execution

Proposal development

Computational modeling and mathematical modeling

Fuels optimization for high-efficiency engines

Lab- and pilot-plant safety

Professional Experience

Director, Catalytic Carbon Transformation & Scale-up Center, NREL, April 2013–present

Executive Director and Principal Investigator, National Advanced Biofuels Consortium, NREL, August 2010–December 2013

Biofuels Program Manager, NREL, October 2004–August 2010

Bioenergy Research Lead, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), March 1999–October 2004

Senior Researcher, INL, June 1997–March 1999

Team Leader/Project Manager, Industries of the Future Program, Department of Energy (DOE), August 1992–June 1997

Mechanical Systems Engineer, Nuclear Energy Program, DOE, August 1990–August 1992

Test Engineer, Westinghouse Navy Nuclear Program, June 1988–August 1990

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho


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