Scientific Advisory Board
Great Lakes Bioenergy’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consists of industry and academic representatives with expertise spanning all three of the center’s research areas. The SAB provides critical insight and strategies that help guide the direction of Great Lakes Bioenergy’s research.
With the Butamax joint venture between DuPont and BP, Anthony oversees a multimillion dollar R&D Services Agreement for Biobutanol biocatalyst and fermentation development. He is responsible for clarifying the business objectives, prioritizing deliverables for the Biobutanol biocatalyst development program, and developing and executing workplans. Anthony also oversees the R&D intellectual property portfolio and maintains alignment with business needs. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gargulak joined Borregaard in 1995 when he assumed the position of research manager at LignoTech's US operation center in Rothschild, Wis. He has worked to develop useful modifications to natural materials, particularly lignin, with the goal of developing new industrial applications for this biopolymer. His current responsibilities include investigating new opportunities related to the development of value added materials derived from bio-refining of lignocellulosics. Gargulak earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Hartig is vice president of technology development at ICM, a leader in the development of technology for biofuels. His 35 years of experience leading global businesses at DSM and DuPont in biofuels, coatings, resins, biomedical materials and polymers gives him an excellent understanding of the importance of technology as a basis for innovation and commercial business success. Hartig studied chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.
Miller is the managing director of fuels at Fulcrum Bioenergy, a pioneer in the development of a reliable and efficient process for transforming everyday household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels, including jet fuel and diesel. He is responsible for directing Fulcrum's fuels activities including sales, contract negotiation and management, strategic relationships with the aviation industry, logistics, fuel quality, and regulatory affairs. Miller holds a Ph.D. in air transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Mike Sanford serves as the Director of Engineering for Prisma Renewable Composites, a Tennessee-based company focused on producing materials such as plastics and carbon fibers containing substantial amounts of lignocellulosic biomass. He is responsible for managing the company's research and development interactions and collaborations, including sponsored research agreements. Before joining Prisma, Sanford led DuPont’s efforts in developing technology to convert lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol from 2006 to 2017.
Wheeler recently retired as a technical fellow with 34 years of experience from General Motors. Since her retirement, she has been consulting on energy, vehicle technologies and systems, life cycle analysis, sustainable mobility, biofuels, and biobased materials development. She continues to participate in a variety of biofuels/bioproduct activities and boards including the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems, and the Great Lakes Leadership Academy.