his director’s position in 1995. He also served as Alcoa’s chief environmental engineer from 1982 to 1984. Author of over 50 technical articles and editor of two books, Dr. Atkins is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania. He represents Alcoa on the environmental committees of the International Primary Aluminum Institute, the Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers and other national and international groups. In addition, he is a former member of the National Research Council’s Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources. Dr. Atkins is a registered professional engineer in the states of Texas and Pennsylvania and is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, teaching industrial waste treatment technology. Dr. Atkins received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the university of Kentucky in 1964 and master of science in environmental engineering from Stanford University a year later. He also earned a doctor of philosophy degree in 1968 from Stanford specializing in environmental engineering.


BRUCE BABCOCK is a professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Professor Babcock’s research interests include understanding agricultural commodity markets, the impacts of biofuels on U.S. and world agriculture, the development of innovative risk management strategies for farmers, and the analysis of agricultural and trade policies. Professor Babcock is originally from Southern California. He received his B.S. in economics of resource use and his M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis, and his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


CARMEN BAIN is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the Iowa State University (ISU). Dr. Bain’s research interests include the political economy of global agri-food systems, international development, and social studies of science and technology. She has conducted research in Chile, Ghana, New Zealand, and the United States. Her work has been published in the journals Rural Sociology and Food Policy and several edited volumes including Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation; Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains and; Between the Local and the Global. Confronting Complexity in the Contemporary Food Sector. Her current research focuses on the social and economic impact of bioeconomy and biofuels development in Iowa. She is the advisor for the Public Service and Administration in Agriculture Program at ISU. Dr. Bain received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She also earned a doctor of Philosophy degree from Michigan State University.


PAUL BATCHELLER is a partner at PrairieGold Venture Partners where he oversees all aspects of the firm’s investment activities, from sourcing, structuring,



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