Dr. Robert Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). Dr. Brown is the founding director of ISU’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), which coordinates ISU’s research, educational, and outreach activities related to biobased products and bioenergy. Dr. Brown is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, a center within ISU’s Institute for Physical Research and Technology that conducts multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research into thermochemical conversion of biomass. In addition to his journal publications, Dr. Brown has written three books including Why Are We Producing Biofuels, which received the Book of the Year Award from Biofuels Digest in 2012. He has been annually recognized as one of the “Top 100 People” in bioenergy by Biofuels Digest since 2010.
Dick T. Co
As a research professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, Dr. Dick Co has authored nearly 30 publications spanning early-stage commercialization strategies to ultrafast photochemistry of solar materials. Previously, he served as a Camille & Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor and Director of Operations of a U.S. DOE Energy Frontier Research Center ($39mm budget over 9 years). During his decade at Northwestern University, Dr. Co co-founded and led the Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI) as Managing Director. In that role, he was invited by the U.S. Department of State in 2016 to keynote the inaugural U.N. Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum. SOFI is a global consortium of universities, national labs, and industry united behind the outcome of commercializing renewable energy storage solutions, sustainable fuel generation, and carbon utilization technologies. Dr. Co holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. He is now Principal of Co Strategy Partners, a global strategy consultancy he founded in 2018 to focus on sustainable fuels and the built environment, and CEO of PC Technologies LLC, a startup company specializing in the design and production of STEM educational outreach kits to inspire the next generation of students.
Bailey Arnold currently serves as a Senior Manager of Clean Air Initiatives with the American Lung Association. Bailey is an environmental science and sustainability professional with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies from Illinois State University. He also holds an Associate of Arts with Honors in Architectural Construction Technology from Lincoln Land Community College, where he focused heavily on LEED building technologies. Bailey has been with the American Lung Association for more than three years in a grants management role, focusing on the adoption of alternative fuels and technologies. Before joining the American Lung Association, Mr. Arnold served as an Associate Manager of Sustainability and Concessions with Wehrenberg Theatres and as an Air and Water Quality Intern with the Ecology Action Center.
Matt Hagen is a management level chemical engineer passionate about working in the circular economy. Responsible for global process engineering team located throughout China and Europe. Directs external client relationships required to execute commercial applications of carbon capture and reuse technology. Experienced in project development and scale up for sustainable energy and chemical projects, both globally and within the US.
Terry Marker has 45 years of experience in the petroleum, chemical and biorenewables industry. For the last 10 years, Terry has been leading biorenewables research and gas to liquids research at GTI. At GTI, Terry is the principle investigator for the IH2 process which converts lignocellulosic feeds directly to gasoline and diesel. At GTI, Terry Marker also leads the teams working on natural gas conversion to liquids. Terry was also the team leader of the UOP teams which developed and commercialized ecorefining, MTO (methanol to olefins), Oxypro, and the Ethermax process. Terry has 708 US patents and numerous patents.
Since 1980, Dr. Tim Lindsey has helped hundreds of organizations increase their effectiveness through improved sustainability performance in their processes, products, and systems. Dr. Lindsey is an internationally recognized expert regarding the use of sustainability principles to drive innovation. He served as Caterpillar's first Global Director of Sustainability from 2012 to 2016, where he successfully championed the company's transformational change to recognize sustainability as their 5th core value. Prior to his Caterpillar career, Dr. Lindsey spent 20 years at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), where he developed and led their applied research, education, and outreach efforts. Prior to working with the ISTC, Dr. Lindsey was with Exxon for seven years in Wyoming at one of the world's largest energy processing facilities. He served Exxon in the roles of Environmental Engineer, Safety Manager, and Senior Project Manager. Dr. Lindsey holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Kopasz has worked at Argonne National Laboratory in the area of materials for energy systems since receiving his PhD in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986, and has been working in the fuel cell and hydrogen field since 1999. John led Argonne’s research efforts determining fuel composition effects for hydrogen production from petroleum-based fuels and Argonne’s efforts on high-temperature membranes for PEM fuel cells. Dr. Kopasz’s previous experience includes work on materials for radioactive waste containment and fusion reactor materials, where he was an expert in hydrogen and tritium transport in these materials. He is co-inventor on four patents and has been the recipient of an R&D 100 award, the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Special Recognition Award, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. John is the leader of the Fuel Cell Technology Management Group at Argonne National Laboratory, and is a member of the USDRIVE Fuel Cell Technical Team.
Dr. Henning Lohse-Busch is the principal at Lohse-Busch Technical Services, L.L.C which provides services in the areas of 1) technology and energy consulting, 2) data analysis and visualization, 3) technical writing/reporting, and 4) technical photography. He previously managed the Vehicle Systems Research Section and the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. He spent 14 years testing and analyzing advanced technology vehicles such as hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and battery electric vehicles as well as alternative fuel vehicles. His group at Argonne directly supported the development of automotive test standards. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Henning is a graduate of the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, then called FutureTruck.
Mr. Osman Akpolat, is an Institute Engineer with the Energy Supply and Conversion Group at the Gas Technology Institute. He has more than 18 years of experience in design, planning and execution of laboratory experiments, bench and pilot testing.
Jane Sullivan is the Grants & Governmental Affairs Director for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. She manages MTD’s state and federal grant funding as well as its environmental sustainability efforts. She received a Bachelor of Science in Earth, Society, and Environment as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois.