Dr. David Babson is a technology manager in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. He oversees several projects for BETO’s Conversion Program and works to understand how to leverage new technologies to advance the emerging bioeconomy and address global energy and climate challenges. David is BETO’s federal lead for its waste-to-energy and advanced carbon commoditization efforts. Based in BETO’s Washington, D.C., office, David has extensive research and policy experience. Before joining BETO, he advocated for sustainable transportation solutions as a senior fuels engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He also served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Climate Economics and Modeling Center at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he reviewed key initiatives such as the Renewable Fuel Standard. Before starting his fellowship, he completed postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. David received a doctorate in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.