mary outcome of the work in crop plants has been metabolic engineering of grain quality in corn and soybean to produce grains improved for their end use in human or animal nutrition. Since 2007 he has been one of the technical leads for biological steps in the conversion of cellulosic feed stocks to ethanol in DuPont Industrial Sciences with commercialization through DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol. Dr. Hitz has been part of the enzyme discovery, the C5/C6 ethanologen and the feed stock assessment teams. His larger interests in biofuels stem from an upbringing on a family farm through a career tied to conversion of the outputs of agriculture to usable products.
Rina Singh, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), is currently the Director of the Policy, Industrial and Environmental Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Singh previously served as the business development manager at Ashland Inc. She was appointed by the president and CEO as member of an innovative 10-member team assembled to develop a new strategic direction for Ashland, identifying investment opportunities for $1.5 billion resulting from divesture of petroleum refining operations. Singh held general management positions in the technology and business development areas of Ashland, including bioproducts business development manager and platform technology manager. She started her career at The Dow Chemical Co. as a senior research chemist in the Engineering Thermoplastics Group. The holder of 24 patents and publications, Singh received a B.S., a doctorate in natural products (synthetic organic chemistry), and a postdoctoral degree in polymer science from McGill University.
BREAKOUT SESSION LEADERS
Douglas Elliott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has over 35 years of research and project management experience in the Battelle system at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). His work has mainly been directed toward development of fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste. His experience is primarily in high-pressure batch and continuous-flow processing reactor systems. This research has also involved him in extensive study of catalyst systems. In addition to process development, chemical and physical analysis has also been a significant part of his work. While at Battelle, Mr. Elliott’s research has involved such subject areas as biomass liquefaction and hydroprocessing of product oils, catalytic hydrothermal gasification of wet biomass and wastewaters, and chemicals production from renewable sources. His work in biomass liquefaction has involved him in International Energy Agency Bioenergy tasks as the representative for the U.S. and currently as the leader of the Task 34 on Pyrolysis.
Leonard Katz, Lygos and University of California, Berkeley, is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Lygos. His research areas include bio-inspired approaches to biofuels, calixarene-bound metal clusters, calixarene-modified nanoparticles, grafter calixarene oxide surfaces, and grafted calixarenes as single-site heterogeneous catalysts. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1999. Dr. Katz has published more than 95 papers and is an inventor with more than 25 patents issued. He has also pioneered efforts to manipulate modular PKS systems to produce new compounds. Dr. Katz’s credentials include research director and industrial liaison officer of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, former V.P. of Biological Sciences at Kosan Biosciences, Inc., and co-inventor of Lygos’ technologies.
Jeffrey Steiner (see bio in Guest Speaker section)
Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant, was, until late 2011, Program Manager for Biomass at DOE/EERE. Currently, Dr. Bryan is an independent consultant. He previously spent 15 years with Chevron in California and Western Australia, most recently as Vice President of Biofuels Technology. Prior to that, he spent eight years in academia (MIT, Colorado School of Mines) and industry (Union Carbide). His educational background includes degrees in chemical engineering from Penn State (B.S.) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D., 1985), and a post-doc in applied thermodynamics at the Ecole des Mines—Paris. He has been active in a variety of industry and professional organizations, including the Separations Division of the AIChE, the North American Membrane Society, the Gas Processors Association, and the Gordon Research Conferences.
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, University of Florida, is Distinguished Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida (UF). Prior to this, she held administrative roles as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at UF and Associate Dean of Engineering and Department Head of Freshman Engineering at Purdue University. Professor Curtis received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University (1989). She has an internationally recognized research program in the development and validation of numerical models for the prediction of particle flow phenomena. She is the co-author of over 100 publications and has given over 160 invited lectures at universities, companies, government laboratories, and technical conferences. Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the American