Bioeconomy 2017 Confirmed Speakers

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The following are confirmed speakers for Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, which will be held on July 11–12, 2017, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Ann Bartuska, Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Chris Davis, Director of Research and Development, Impossible Foods
  • Sarah Dearman, Sustainable Packaging Program Director, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
  • Mark Holtzapple, Professor, Arie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Jeffrey Jacobs, President and CEO, Ensyn Corporation
  • Jeremy Javers, Director of Technology Development, ICM
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Daniel Simmons, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael Tamor, Technical Fellow, Ford Motor Company

Confirmed Plenary and Breakout Session Speakers

  • Derek Abbott, Director, Analytics, Amyris
  • Mahdi Abu-Omar, Professor, Mellichamp Chair of Green Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Fatima Ahmad, Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Matthew Arms, Assistant Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach
  • David Babson, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Andrea Bailey, Fellow, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • Beth Bafford, Investments Director, The Calvert Foundation
  • Brian Baynes, Partner, Flagship Ventures
  • Gregg Beckham, Group Leader and Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Mary Biddy, Strategic Analysis Platform Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Dave Brooks, Director, Propulsion Systems Research Lab, General Motors
  • Dave Bushong, Vice President of Science and Technology, POET
  • Katy Cagle, Business Development Manager, Novozymes North America
  • Jim Caley, Director of Operational Energy, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • Ron Cascone, Principal, Nexant
  • Kartik Chandran, Professor, Columbia University
  • Kevin Craig, Program Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mark Crocker, Associate Director, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky
  • Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
  • Virginia Dale, Director, Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Deahn Donner, Project Leader and Research Landscape Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Geoffrey Duyk, Managing Director and Partner, TPG 
  • Rebecca Efroymson, Environmental Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • John Eichberger, Executive Director, The Fuels Institute
  • Mark Elless, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John Farrell, Laboratory Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Neville Fernandes, General Manager, USA, Neste Oil
  • Jay Fitzgerald, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Nichole Fitzgerald, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Wolfgang Glasser, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
  • Cesar Granda, Chief Technology Officer, Earth Energy Renewables
  • Pat Gruber, CEO, Gevo
  • Mohan Gupta, Technical Adviser, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Prasad Gupte, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John Hannon, Chief Operating Officer, Vertimass
  • Laurel Harmon, Vice President, LanzaTech
  • David Hazlebeck, Founder and CEO, Global Algae Innovations
  • Emily Heaton, Associate Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University
  • Beau Hoffman, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kristen Johnson, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Glenn Johnston, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Gevo Inc.
  • Doug Karlen, Supervisory Soil Scientist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Keith Kline, Senior Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Borka Kostova, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael Lakeman, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing
  • Patrick Lamers, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Alicia Lindauer, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Lee Lynd, Professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Enchi Corporation
  • Michael Mang, Director of Materials Technology, Danimer
  • Daniel Matuszak, Physical Scientist, Carbon Utilization and Management, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • John May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
  • Sean McCoy, Energy Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Scott McDonald, Director of Biofuels Development, ADM
  • Taite McDonald, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight
  • Jim McMillan, Manager, Biorefining Process R&D, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Bruno Miller, Managing Director of Fuels, Fulcrum
  • Jeff Moeller, Director of Water Technologies, Water Environment and Reuse Foundation
  • Dave Muth, Senior Vice President of Analytics, AgSolver
  • Amit Naskar, Group Leader and Senior Research and Development Staff, Carbon and Composites, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Gerard Ostheimer, Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, United Nations Sustainable Energy for All
  • Chris Peot, Director of Resource Recovery, DC Water/Blue Plains
  • Michael Perry, CEO, Forest Concepts
  • Mark Philbrick, Science and Technology Fellow, Allegheny Science and Technology
  • Kara Podkaminer, Technology and Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ryan Powell, Co-Founder, Manta Biofuel
  • Michael Resch, Detail Supporting the Bioenergy Technologies Office, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Theodora Retsina, CEO, American Process Inc.
  • Tom Richard, Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment 
  • Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
  • Ian Rowe, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael Saltzberg, Global Business Director, Biomaterials, DuPont Industrial Biosciences 
  • Valerie Sarisky-Reed, Deputy Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brent Shanks, Director, National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
  • Kai Sorenson, Director Commercial Sales, EPIC Fuels LLC
  • Jim Spaeth, Program Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Girish Srinivas, Partner, TDA Research
  • Ellen Stechel, Deputy Director, LightWorks, Arizona State University 
  • Christy Sterner, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jessie Stolark, Policy Associate, Environmental and Energy Study Institute
  • Hari Sunkara, Senior Principal Investigator, DuPont
  • Robert Teegarden, Vice President of Water Policy, Planning, and Permitting, Orlando Utilities Commission
  • Christopher Thompson, Senior Scientist, NanoTerra
  • Tom Thompson, Maritime Environmental and Energy Technical Advisor, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Bryan Tracy, CEO, White Dog Labs Inc.
  • Devin Walker, CEO, T2C-Energy
  • Rachel Wasser, Director of Investment Operations, PRIME Coalition
  • Bede Wellford, Renewables Sales Manager, Viessmann Manufacturing Company
  • Justin Whiteley, Chief Technology Officer, Energy Labs
  • Julie Witcover, Assistant Project Scientist, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
  • Corinne Young, CEO, Corinne Young LLC 
  • Alan Zacher, Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory