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.
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.
Steve Hartig is a former senior executive with nearly 40 years of experience in growing and transforming international specialty businesses through innovation, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and organic growth. Prior to his retirement and shift to consulting, Hartig was the vice president of technology development at ICM, a leader in the development of technology for biofuels.
Madhu Khanna is the ACES Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois and Associate Director for Research at Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment. Khanna is the leader of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation's (CABBI) sustainability research area, which is providing the environmental and economic perspective for developing efficient bioenergy crops.
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.
Schulte Moore is a professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. Her research addresses the strategic integration of perennials into agricultural landscapes to support new agricultural markets and to meet societal goals for clean water, healthy soils, abundant wildlife and inspiring recreational opportunities. She holds a Ph.D. in forestry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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.