W.D. Hunter

W. Densmore "Denny" Hunter

Denny Hunter is the former chief technology officer for Catchlight Energy LLC, a joint venture of Weyerhaeuser Company and Chevron Corporation formed in 2008 to commercialize the production of liquid transportation fuels from sustainable, forest-based biomass resources. Prior to the formation of Catchlight Energy, he served as Weyerhaeuser's vice president of technology for Pulp, Paper, and Packaging and was responsible for leadership of research, development, and technology support across the business and manufacturing systems.

K. Gray

Kevin Gray

Dr. Kevin A. Gray, is a consultant to the industrial biotechnology sector. His expertise is in bioprocess development including enzyme, organism, and fermentation development for the production of value-added products. From 2011 to 2014, he served as vice president of Biobased Chemicals for BetaRenewables and was responsible for partnership development between BetaRenewables and biobased chemical companies. BetaRenewables is a joint venture of Biochemtex, Texas Pacific Group, and Novozymes that was established in 2011 to license and deploy the PROESA technology for producing fuels and chemicals from cellulosic biomass. Prior to joining BetaRenewables, Dr. Gray was the chief scientific officer at Qteros, Inc., a biofuels development company in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where he oversaw technology development and strategy. From 1997 to 2009, Dr. Gray was at Verenium (Diversa) Corporation where he held a variety of leadership positions. In his last position as senior director of biofuels R&D, he oversaw biofuels research and development programs and was involved in assessing and evaluating third-party technologies under consideration for licensing. Dr. Gray holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas Tech University and a B.S. in zoology from Duke University. He has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is a co-inventor on over 20 patents and patent applications.

R. Flavell

Richard Flavell

Dr. Richard Flavell is the retired chief science advisor, member of the board of directors, and an exclusive consultant in the field of commercial bioenergy crops for Ceres, Inc. Dr. Flavell joined Ceres in 1998 and has been instrumental in the establishment and development of Ceres core technology platforms in plant genomics and biotechnology. Most recently, he also has focused on outreach to the scientific community and public policymakers. From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Flavell was the director of the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom, a premier plant and microbial research institute, after being at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge, from 1969 to 1987. He has published over 200 scientific articles, lectured widely, and made significant contributions to the development of modern agricultural biotechnology. His research group in Cambridge was among the very first worldwide to successfully clone plant DNA, isolate and sequence plant genes, and produce transgenic plants. Dr. Flavell is an expert in plant genomics, having produced the first molecular maps of plant chromosomes to reveal the constituent sequences.

M. Keller

Martin Keller

Dr. Keller is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Laboratory Director. Previously he was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences, which includes ORNL's programs in biosciences, environmental sciences, buildings technologies, transportation, climate change, manufacturing, and electrical and electronics systems. In 2006, Keller was recruited to ORNL from an industrial enzyme discovery and development company to lead the Office of Science-supported BioEnergy Science Center, in which NREL is a partner.

D. Lee

David Lee

Dr. David Lee is the vice president for research at the University of Georgia (UGA) and also the executive vice president of the UGA Research Foundation (UGARF). Dr. Lee is recognized for research into the molecular regulation of normal and cancer cell growth, and in particular for studies describing epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like protein activators of the erbB/HER family of tyrosine kinase receptors. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004.

D. Millhorn

David Millhorn

Dr. David Millhorn is the executive vice president of the University of Tennessee (UT), serving as the chief operating officer of UT's four campuses and three statewide institutes. He continues as UT vice president for research and economic development. Before coming to UT, Millhorn served the University of Cincinnati as the inaugural director of its Genome Research Institute and chairman of its Department of Genome Science. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

T. Foust

Thomas Foust

Dr. Thomas Foust is an internationally recognized expert in the biomass field. His areas of expertise include feedstock production, biomass-to-fuels conversion technologies, and environmental and societal sustainability issues associated with biofuels. He has more than 20 years of research and research management experience, specializing in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies.  As National Bioenergy Center Director, Dr. Foust guides and directs NREL's research efforts to develop biomass conversion technologies via biochemical and thermochemical routes, as well as critical research areas addressing the sustainability of biofuels. This research focuses on developing the necessary science and technology for converting biomass to biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower in an economical and environmentally sustainable manner.

Steve Mirshak

Steve Mirshak is the Global Business Director of DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol. He joined DuPont as research engineer in the Explosives business. After a variety of manufacturing and research assignments in West Virginia and Illinois he joint DuPont's Finishes business in 1987. He held research and marketing management assignments in industrial and automotive OEM finishes in Houston and Detroit.