Meet the Scientists

Bruce E. Dale, Ph.D.

Bruce E. Dale, Ph.D., is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. His specialty areas include: biochemical engineering, bioremediation, biomass conversion, bio-based industrial products, value-added agriculture, life cycle assessments, industrial ecology, and ecological engineering. He won the Charles D. Scott Award for his contributions to the use of biotechnology to produce fuels, chemical and other industrial products from renewable plant resources. In addition to writing numerous papers, he co-wrote a chapter “Life cycle assessment of integrated biorefinery-cropping systems: all biomass is local,” in Agriculture as a Producer and Consumer of Energy, 2005.

Jerald Schnoor, Ph.D.

Jerald Schnoor, Ph.D., is the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and the Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa. Schnoor is also the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science and Technology journal, the leading journal in environmental science and engineering. His research interests are in mathematical modeling of water quality, phytoremediation, environmental observatories, and the impact of carbon emissions on global change. He is the editor of four books and the author of Environmental Modeling.

Cathleen Hapeman, Ph.D.

Cathleen Hapeman, Ph.D., is a research chemist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. She works at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, where she served for eight years as Research Leader of the Environmental Quality Lab. Hapeman has been involved in basic and applied research concerning the fate of pollutants, combining an expertise in chemical and environmental processes with practical experience of agricultural practices and acquired regulatory knowledge. Her current research examines pollutant fate and transport at the agriculture-urban interface and as a function of land use changes, such as conservation practices and bioenergy production. Her projects include investigating how agricultural land use changes affect air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region, evaluating the effectiveness of natural resource conservation practices within the Choptank River Watershed, and determining atmospheric loadings of organic pollutants in South Florida.

George W. Huber.

George W. Huber, is the John and Elizabeth Armstrong Professional Development Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His research focus is on Breaking the Chemical and Engineering Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels. Two different companies (Virent and KiOR) are commercializing biofuel technologies that George has helped develop. His discovery of Raney-NiSn catalyst for hydrogen production from biomass-derived oxygenates was named as one of top 50 technology breakthroughs of 2003 by Scientific American. George is currently working with numerous governmental and industrial institutions to help make cellulosic biofuels a reality. George did a post-doctoral stay with Avelino Corma at the Technical Chemical Institute at the Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain (UPV-CSIC) where he studied bio-fuels production using petroleum refining technologies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005) where he helped develop aqueous-phase catalytic processes for biofuels production under the guidance of James A. Dumesic.

Wei Huang

Wei Huang, is the Vice President of Process Development and Engineering at LS9, an industrial biotechnology company based in California. At LS9, she is responsible for process development, scale up and facility engineering design. Ms. Huang has over 18 years of industrial bioprocess experience, in areas such as process scale up, facility and equipment design, process simulation, construction support, facility start-up, operation support, as well as process development and research. Active in a variety of professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), Society for Information Management (SIM), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Ms. Huang serves as a committee member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers BioProcessing Equipment (ASME BPE) Standard. She is a well published author, a frequent speaker at various biotechnology events and a recipient of the ISPE Best Article of the Year award.