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.
Ryder has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and has spent his career in fermentation research. He brings unique perspectives to large-scale fermentation technology and bioethanol production from his experience with one of the largest biorefining companies in the country.
As part of the Butamax joint venture between DuPont and BP, Larry Anthony oversees a multi-million 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. Larry also oversees the R&D intellectual property portfolio and maintains alignment with business needs.
Gargulak has been a part of Borregaard since 1995 when he assumed the position of Research Manager at LignoTech’s US operation center in Rothschild, WI. 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.
Steve Hartig is Vice President, Technology Development at ICM, a leader in the development of technology for biofuels and specifically ethanol. His 35 years of experience leading global businesses at DSM and DuPont in biofuels, coatings, resins, biomedical materials and polymers give him an excellent understanding of the importance of technology as a basis for innovation and ultimately commercial business success. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Kenneth Keegstra is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University and served as Scientific Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center during its first ten years of funding. He also holds appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. Keegstra was born in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and lived in that area before moving to Traverse City, Michigan where he attended high school.
Dr. Bruno 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. Dr. Miller 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.
Dr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Air Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Mohnen has served on the Committee on the Status of Women in Plant Physiology of the American Society of Plant Physiologists, invited faculty sponsor for the UGA Association for Women in Science (AWIS), past member-at-large in the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division of the American Chemical Society, and past member of the Council for Chemical and Biochemical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Ostheimer supports the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative by serving as the Global Lead for the Sustainable Bioenergy.
Working with diverse international partners, like the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Renewable Energy Agency, he promotes the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions thru
Dr. Blake Simmons serves as the Chief Scientific and Technology Officer and Vice President of the Deconstruction Division at the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville. After earning his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, Dr. Simmons continued his studies at Tulane University and received his doctorate in the same field. Dr.
Dr. Vijay Singh is a Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Director of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is on development of bioprocessing technologies for corn/biomass to ethanol, advanced biofuels, food and industrial products. Singh currently directs or co-directs more than $116 million research, has authored 165 peer-reviewed journal articles, 70 other publications and holds ten patents related to corn processing and biofuels production.
Paris Tsobanakis is a Technical Manager in Cargill’s Engineering R&D (Corporate Research). Dr Tsobanakis received a BS in Chemical Engineering from NTU Athens (Greece) and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Candace Wheeler recently retired as a Technical Fellow with 34 years of experience at General Motors in the automotive industry. Since her retirement, she has been consulting on energy, vehicle technologies and systems, life cycle analysis, sustainable mobility, biofuels, and biobased materials development. Wheeler continues to participate in a variety of biofuels/bioproduct activities and boards including the GLBRC, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems, and the Great Lakes Leadership Academy.