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Meet the great minds behind the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Bioprose blog, a key resource that provides valuable insight into BETO’s early-stage research and development programs as well as the people who contribute to the success of the U.S. bioeconomy. Learn more about our technical bloggers below, including both BETO program and technical managers, as well as the BETO laboratory relationship managers from U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.

Meet Our Technical Managers

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Michael Berube

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation (Acting)
Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office (Acting)

Michael Berube is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this role, he oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation sector, which includes the Vehicle, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. In May of 2020, Michael was also named Acting Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office.

See Michael’s full bio and recent blog

Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office

Jonathan Male

Former Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office

Dr. Jonathan Male is the Director for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he leads BETO’s work to lower costs, reduce technical risk, and accelerate deployment of bioenergy and renewable chemicals technologies.

See Jonathan’s full bio and recent blog

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Zia Haq

Senior Analyst, Bioenergy Technologies Office

Zia Haq is a Senior Analyst with BETO working on biofuels for the aviation and marine sectors. He has been at DOE for 21 years and has over 29 years of experience in the energy sector.

See Zia's full bio and recent blog

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Valerie Sarisky-Reed

Deputy Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office

Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed is the Deputy Director for BETO. Dr. Sarisky-Reed holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Georgetown University. She began her BETO career more than 20 years ago, where she helps to address energy and environmental issues faced by the United States and globally.

See Valerie’s full bio and recent blog

Daniel B. Fishman, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office

Daniel B. Fishman

Technology Manager, Advanced Algal Systems

Daniel B. Fishman is a technology manager with BETO, where he helps to manage the portfolio of applied research projects focused on developing algal biofuels.

See Daniel's full bio and recent blog.

Ian Rowe, Technology Manager, Conversion Research and Development

Ian Rowe

Technology Manager, Conversion Research and Development

Dr. Ian Rowe is a technology manager with BETO. Working out of DOE's Headquarters in Washington D.C., Ian is responsible for a number of projects within BETO’s Conversion Program.

See Ian's full bio and recent blog.

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Christy Sterner
Technology Manager, Advanced Algal Systems

Christy Sterner is a Technology Manager for the Advanced Algal Systems Program in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). While she has served in many different capacities and programs within BETO over the years, Christy has been with the Advanced Algal Systems Program since 2009.

See Christy's full bio and recent blog.

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Dr. Mark A. Shmorhun

Dr. Mark A. Shmorhun is a Technology Manager with the Bioenergy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Mark collaborates with biotechnology companies and national laboratories to develop and mature mid-stage biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower research and development (R&D) with an emphasis on chemical process development and plant engineering and design.

See Mark's full bio and recent blog.

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Gayle Bentley

Technology Manager, Conversion Technologies

Dr. Gayle Bentley is a technology manager for the Conversion Program in the Bioenergy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She manages a portfolio of research and development projects that improve the production of renewable biofuels and biochemicals, and is involved in the Plastics Innovation Challenge. 

See Gayle's full bio and recent blog.

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Josh Messner

Technology Manager, Systems Development & Integration

Mr. Josh Messner is a technology manager with the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and holds a Project Management Professional certification. Working out of the Golden Field Office located in Golden, CO, Josh is responsible for a number of projects within BETO’s Systems Development & Integration (formerly the Advanced Development & Optimization) Program.

See Josh's full bio and recent blog.

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