of Navy, and with technology providers and other businesses interested in advanced biofuel development. Previous to this assignment, Dr. Steiner was Senior Advisor for Bioenergy in the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist, and was the principal co-author of the President’s Interagency Working Group Growing America’s Fuels report. He received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University, and is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America.
Bryce Stokes, PhD, CNJV/Department of Energy, is a Senior Advisor with CNJV, a contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy at the Golden Field Office. He is providing support to the DOE Biomass Program in Washington, DC. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Mississippi State University in engineering and Ph.D. from Auburn University in forestry. He worked as a Forest Engineer for Weyerhaeuser Company prior to joining the USDA Forest Service in Auburn, Alabama, as a Research Engineer. He later served as Project Leader for the Engineering Unit at Auburn and then served as National Program Leader for Forest Operations Research as part of the Resource Use Sciences Staff in the R&D Washington Office. His 30 years of research focused on harvesting machine and system design and management; biomass recovery and utilization; reducing forest operations environmental impacts; and specialty systems for pine thinning and wet area harvesting. During his career he also had staff co-responsibility for biomass, carbon sequestration, climate change, and sustainability with his agency, department, and in federal interagency working groups. He had co-responsibilities in industrial partnerships for forest productivity and life-cycle analyses. He previously served in a support role for the USDA Energy Council and is Past Chair of the USDA Biobased Products and Bioenergy Coordination Council and the Federal Working Group on Woody Biomass Utilization. He is active in the Council on Forest Engineering, Forest Products Society, and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He served as a U.S. representative to International Energy Agency tasks on conventional forestry and short-rotation crops for energy 10 years. He has over 140 scientific and technical publications. He co-led the update of the Billion-Ton Report.
Emily Carter, Princeton University, is the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics. She is a theorist/computational scientist first known for her research combining ab initio quantum chemistry with dynamics and kinetics, especially as applied to surface chemistry. Later, she merged quantum mechanics, applied mathematics, and solid state physics in her linear scaling orbital-free density functional theory (OF-DFT) that can treat tens of thousands to more than a million metal atoms quantum mechanically, her embedded correlated wavefunction and ab initio DFT+U theories that combine quantum chemistry with periodic DFT to treat electronic ground and excited states and strongly correlated materials, and her fast algorithms for ab initio multi-reference correlated wavefunction methods that permit accurate thermochemical kinetics and excited states to be predicted for large molecules. She also was a pioneer in quantum-based multiscale simulations of materials. Her research into how materials fail due to chemical and mechanical effects (e.g., corrosion and stress) led to new insights into how to optimally protect these materials against failure (e.g., by doping, alloying, or coating). Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, and optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles. Professor Carter received her B.S. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UCLA as a professor of chemistry and later of materials science and engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004. She holds courtesy appointments in chemistry, chemical engineering, and three interdisciplinary institutes (PICSciE, PRISM, and PEI). The author of over 250 publications, she has delivered more than 400 invited lectures all over the world and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Her scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. She received the 2007 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, in 2009 was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, and in 2011 was awarded the August Wilhelm von Hoffmann Lecture of the German Chemical Society.
William Hitz, Dupont, received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1978 and did postdoctoral work at the DOE Plant Research Lab at Michigan State University. Since 1980 he has been in various research and research management positions with DuPont and DuPont/Pioneer. Dr. Hitz’ research interests are in carbohydrate chemistry and metabolism and in fatty acid and lipid synthesis. The pri-