Day 1 – February 19, 2020 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.




8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee


8:30 a.m.


Jonathan Male, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)

8:40 a.m.Introduction of Workshop Objectives and FormatAlison Goss Eng, DOE BETO

8:50 a.m.

Quality by Design: A Primer

Zia Abdullah, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jordan Klinger, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

9:15 a.m.


Plenary 1:

How Does Current Technology and Infrastructure for MSW Processing Work?

Bradley Kelley, Gershman, Brickner, & Bratton

Magdi Azer, REMADE Institute

9:40 a.m.Q&A 

9:50 a.m.



10:15 a.m.

Plenary 2:

Critical Material Attributes of MSW for Conversion Pathways: Technology Development to Support Diverse End-Uses

Jim Dooley, Forest Concepts

Ezra Bar-Ziv, Michigan Technological University

Armando McDonald, University of Idaho

Bruno Miller, Fulcrum Bioenergy

11:05 a.m.



11:15 a.m.

Plenary 2: (continued)

Alan Overcash, Southeastern Biochemicals, Inc.

Grace Chen, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Toufiq Reza, Florida Institute of Technology

Charles Tremblay, Enerkem

12:05 p.m.



12:15 p.m.



1:15 p.m.

Plenary 3:

The Value of Waste: Consequences and Opportunities in Valorizing MSW as a Feedstock

Vicki Thompson, INL

David Shonnard, Michigan Technological University

Scott Bouchie, City of Mesa

1:50 p.m.3 x 5 PresentationMorton Barlaz, North Carolina State University

2:05 p.m.

Introducing Breakout Sessions and ThinkTank Introduction


2:15 p.m.



2:30 p.m.

Simultaneous Breakouts:

1A: Defining the Baseline and Future Utilization of MSW

1B: Defining the Baseline and Future Utilization of MSW

2: MSW Preprocessing and Logistics

3: Assigning Value to the MSW Stream


4:15 p.m.

Report Outs and Discussion

Breakout Session Leads

4:45 p.m.

Day 1 Workshop Completion



Day 2 – February 20, 2020 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.                                                

Time              Topic  Speaker

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee


8:30 a.m.

Summary of Day 1 Topics and Breakouts


8:45 a.m.3 x 5 Presentations on MSW Handling & Feedstock Challenges

Ning Sun, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Meltem Urgun-Demitras, Argonne National Laboratory

Nalin Kumar, nanoRANCH UHV Technologies

Ted Hansen, Convergen

Chad Haynes, LanzaTech

9:15 a.m.



9:45 a.m.

Simultaneous Breakouts on Role of Government in R&D (same groups from Day 1)


11:45 a.m.

Wrap-Up: Discussion Highlights with Larger Group and Final Closing Thoughts from BETO