2013-2014 Board of Directors

The leadership of the Algae Biomass Organization is critical is assisting the industry to move forward towards commercialization.  At this time, we are seeking nominations for the Board. Click for full description.

 

Dr. Margaret McCormick – Matrix Genetics, Chairperson

Mr. Tim Burns – BioProcess Algae LLC, Vice Chairperson

Mr. Thomas Byrne-Secretary – Byrne & Company Limited, Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Mark Allen – Accelergy Corporation

Mr. Jacques Beaudry-Losique – Algenol Biofuels

Dr. John Benemann – MicroBio Engineering Inc.

Dr. Keith Cooksey – Montana State University

Julie Felgar – Managing Director, Environmental Strategy and Integration Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Mr. David Hazlebeck – General Atomics

Dr. B. Greg Mitchell – University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Mr. Joel Murdock – FedEx Express

Dr. José A. Olivares, Ph.D. – Bioscience Division Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Mr. Todd Taylor – Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Mr. Tim Zenk – Sapphire Energy

 


 

Dr. Margaret McCormick – Matrix Genetics, Chairperson

Margaret McCormick, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Matrix Genetics, LLC, an advanced biology company focused on the development of superiors strains of algae for the biofuels and biobased products industries. Matrix was spun out of Targeted Growth, Inc. (“TGI”) a crop biotechnology company focused on developing products for the agriculture and energy industries. Dr. McCormick also serves as the Chief Operations Officer of TGI. Prior to joining TGI, Dr. McCormick was a partner in Integra Ventures where she led Integra’s biotechnology investment strategy. Prior to joining Integra, she was the founding president and COO of Sapphire Therapeutics (formerly Rejuvenon Corp.). Earlier in her career, she was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Dr. McCormick earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a director on the Board of the Algae Biomass Organization and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

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  Tim Burns – BioProcess Algae LLC, Vice Chairperson

Tim Burns is President, CEO, President and Co-founder of BioProcess Algae LLC. Tim has over 25 years of experience in the development, treatment and filtration of industrial organic and inorganic for water reuse and purification using advanced technologies. He previously founded three successful companies, the most recent being BioProcess H20. Tim is an alumni of Brown University and Providence College, past president of the board of Save The Bay a nationally recognized environmental organization.

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thomas-byrne-algal-biomass-organization Thomas Byrne-Secretary – Byrne & Company Limited, Secretary/Treasurer

Thomas Byrne is one of the renewable energy industry’s most experienced project consultants. His experience dates back to 1979 when he began his career as an accountant, later becoming a consultant to the renewable energy industry. Since forming Byrne & Company Limited, he has worked on many successful projects, offering a broad array of client services including feasibility studies, financial modeling, business plan preparation, equity meetings organization, startup management assistance, project organization, and preparing grant applications.Mr. Byrne has developed a passion for the emerging algae to energy industry. His commitment began with XL Renewables, Inc., now know as Phyco Biosciences, Inc., serving as the CFO since 2007. Mr. Byrne deepened his commitment to develop an algal technology as the President of Algaedyne, Corporation in 2008. In November 2007, Byrne & Company, Limited co-hosted the inaugural Algae Biomass Summit in San Francisco, California and the 2008 Summit in Seattle, Washington. The Summits were the foundation for the establishment of the Algal Biomass Organization in 2008. Mr. Byrne was elected to the ABO’s Board of Directors and serves as Board Secretary.

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  Mark Allen – Accelergy Corporation

Mark Allen is a licensed professional engineer with more than 25 years experience in the design, construction,and operation of large-scale engineering, infrastructure, and environmental projects including biological process systems of more than 500 million gallons per day capacity. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a successful entrepreneur having co-founded A2BE Carbon Capture in 2007 and also founded a corporate knowledge management company in 1999. Previously he managed large engineering organizations for Rust Environment and Infrastructure, Metcalf & Eddy, SAIC, and others. Under these organizations he had full profit and loss responsibility for multiple lines of business including: water and wastewater engineering, environmental engineering, hazardous and solid waste engineering, transportation engineering, and information technology and other professional service offerings. In the algal biomass industry he focuses on process engineering, systems integration, and systems architecture for scalable algal biomass production and deployment. Mark is a founding board member of the Algae Biomass Organization and has chaired a number of committees and currently serves as Chairman and President. He is also a former Adjacent Professor of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Jacques Beaudry-Losique 01 2014 Jacques Beaudry-Losique – Algenol Biofuels

Jacques Beaudry-Losique was appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development for Algenol on July 1st 2013.   Mr. Beaudry-Losique leads Algenol Business Development Team and also manages Government and Regulatory Affairs for the Company, working with elected officials and government agencies on policy and regulatory issues. Jacques has more than 20 years experience working in the energy and technology sectors, and was previously Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Codexis, a publicly traded biofuels and biopharma company (NASDAQ: CDXS).   From 2005 to 2011, Beaudry-Losique held senior policy and management positions at the Department of Energy.   At the DOE, Jacques led efforts to build a second-generation biofuels industry across two administrations, managed three clean energy programs, and served for two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy.  Mr. Beaudry-Losique was also instrumental in decisions to invest more than $1.5 billion of Recovery Act funds in renewable energy projects, including $800 million in biofuels projects.  Additional experience for Beaudry-Losique includes senior management positions with GE Power Systems and Aspen Technologies (NASDAQ: AZPN), a process engineering software company. Jacques began his career with Shell Canada where he held senior engineering, fuel quality and process optimization roles.  Additionally, Jacques worked with and advised Fortune 500 companies while at McKinsey & Co.  Mr. Beaudry-Losique holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Montreal, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree in Management from MIT.

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  Dr. John Benemann – MicroBio Engineering Inc.

Dr. Benemann has both a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, both from the University of California Berkeley; in addition he spent three years as postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, U.C. San Diego; then rejoined U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Civil Engineering, where, as an independent researcher where he supervised half dozen Ph.D. thesis students in Civil Engineering, Biophysics and Plant Physiology. In 1980, he started a small microalgae biotechnology company and from 1983-1988 was Associate Professor at Georgia Inst. of Technology. For the past 20+ years he has been a part time researcher at the University of California Berkeley (Depts. of Civil Engineering and Plant and Microbial Biology). and at the University of Hawaii (adjunct Professor), and a full-time consultant. His current research interests are the areas of microalgae products, aquaculture, wastewater treatment, photosynthesis, municipal solid wastes management, biofuels and all aspects of greenhouse gas abatement. He is the author of numerous publications and reports and belongs to a number of professional and trade organizations. He was the manager of the “Microalgae Biofixation Network” operated by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programmer.

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Dr. Keith Cooksey – Montana State University

Dr. Keith Cooksey has more than 40 years experience in isolating, growing and performing physiological, biochemical and ecological studies on freshwater and marine microalgae. He was a lead investigator in the DoE, Solar Energy Research Institute’s Aquatic Species Program to remediate carbon dioxide and form biodiesel. At that time, work from his lab provided the program with a way to measure triglyceride in 1 mL of culture, a new way of looking at triglyceride (TAG) accumulation not previously considered and ideas where the controls of microalgal lipid synthesis and utilization may be located. Recently he has been elected to the Algal Biomass Organization Board of Directors. His current research (with others) is funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Biomass Program of the Department of Energy. The goals of these are to examine the use of microalgae from extreme environments (e.g., Yellowstone Park) for TAG production as well as potential control points in microalgal lipid metabolism. Professional memberships include American Society for Microbiology, Psychological Society of America, Society for General Microbiology (Great Britain), and the Algae Biomass Organization.

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Julie Felgar – Managing Director, Environmental Strategy and Integration Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, leads the team responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the company’s and the commercial aviation industry’s environmental performance by working with a broad range of stakeholders across Boeing and in the industry. Felgar is responsible for ensuring an integrated strategy and coordinated approach to environmental policy advocacy, biofuels commercialization and marketing for BCA.  She also works closely with Commercial Airplanes’ Product Development team in articulating design for the environment into future products. Prior to her current role Julie served as director of International Operations in Washington, D.C., where she represented Boeing Company interests with U.S. government agencies, embassies, and trade and professional organizations promoting commercial aircraft programs in the Americas and Asia. Previously, Julie was the senior manager of Government Relations and Licensing in Global Trade Controls. As such, she was responsible for Boeing’s dual-use license submissions to the U.S. government and maintaining/developing the appropriate relationships within the government and the aviation industry, to aid in shaping the export control regulatory environment and facilitating enterprise business objectives. Before joining Boeing, Julie worked in the U.S. Government in a series of roles related to export controls at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security. She graduated in 1997 with a master’s degree in International Studies/Business from George Washington University and has a bachelor of arts in International Studies from Florida State University.  She is originally from Zimbabwe and is the active mother of three young sons.

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  David Hazlebeck – General Atomics

Dr. Hazlebeck leads the biofuels and algae products program at General Atomics. He has 25 years of chemical and biological process research and development experience. His biofuel experience includes leading the development of large-scale photosynthetic algae-derived biofuels, sugar and waste conversion via heterotrophic algae and oleaginous yeast, cellulosic conversion to drop-in fuels, and conversion of plastics to fuel. Prior to leading the biofuels program, Dr. Hazlebeck directed research and development in hazardous waste treatment technologies including development of supercritical water oxidation, pyrolysis, vitrification, energetics hydrolysis, and supercritical water gasification. Dr. Hazlebeck is the inventor or co-inventor on 19 patents with another 20 patent applications pending. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He also completed the Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers at the University of California, San Diego.

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  Dr. B. Greg Mitchell – University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. B. Greg Mitchell is a Research Biologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). His research on algae photosynthesis and growth models, aquatic ecology, ocean optics and satellite remote sensing has been sponsored by NASA, ONR, NSF, NOAA and DOE. For more than 2 decades he has promoted mass culture of algae to mitigate CO2 and wastewater nutrient loading, and to create biomass for fuel and animal feed. Applied research currently focuses on optimization and numerical modeling of yields of bioenergy molecules from algae, and design of algae growth systems for optimized yields. Dr. Mitchell assisted in the development of the program for the first Algae Biomass Summit in 2008 and was voted onto the Steering Committee that created the Algae Biomass Organization. He has served on the ABO Board of Directors since its formation. He serves on several committees of the ABO Board including Public and Government Relations, Events, Governance and By-laws, and he served as Program Chair for the 2009 Algal Biomass Summit. Dr. Mitchell also serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Advanced Research Center and the San Diego Center for Algal Biotechnology.

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  Mr. Joel Murdock – FedEx Express

Joel Murdock is Managing Director, Strategic Projects leading an engineering team that that investigates and develops new, innovative technologies for the purpose of seeking breakthrough advancements to benefit the FedEx Express’ transportation system by capitalizing upon principle improvements in areas of cost, quality, speed, efficiency, customer service, and customer satisfaction. The types of projects vary from Alternative Fuels, to safety related projects such as Fire Suppression System, Counter MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) and HUD/EFVS (HeadUp Display/Enhanced Flight Vision System), to airspace capacity and efficiency improvement programs such as LAAS (Local Area Augmentation System), CNS/ATM (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management) and Stage IV Noise and Emissions, to projects not directly related to the aviation side of the business. Joel’s department is actively involved with ASTM in helping to establish alternative fuel certification standards and through the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI), is working to develop fuel off-take agreements to enable emerging alternative fuel companies to transition from the laboratory to production. Joel is also working with the USDA and is co-chair of the Southern Region with an objective of fostering alternative fuel development with the region. Joel earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at Christian Brothers University, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Engineering Management at the University of Missouri – Rolla.

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  José A. Olivares, Ph.D. – Bioscience Division Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Olivares serves Division Leader for the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this position, he provides strategic, technical and operational management for all activities within the Division. Major focus areas for the 150 staff within the Division include a long-standing effort in biosecurity, biosurveillance, and public health security. New areas of growth include bioenergy and biome science. He is the current Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a consortium of 40 institutions recently funded by DOE-EERE Office of Biomass Programs. Previously he served in several program and technical management positions at the Laboratory, including Biofuels Program Manager and acting Division Leader for Chemistry. In these positions he was responsible for developing strategic direction for science programs, operations, and leading specific program development efforts. Dr. Olivares has extensive experience with private industry and serves as consultant for several small companies and government agencies. One of his passions is technology commercialization. Dr. Olivares is an adjunct member of The Danforth Plant Science Center, a preeminent non-profit institution dedicated to plant research for food and energy, in St. Louis. He is also a partner of the consulting firm Biologic Energy Partners, LLC, and co-Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Algal Research (Elsevier Publishers). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wilkes College, and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University. His research focus has been primarily in instrumentation for mass spectrometry and biological and chemical sensor development for national security and health related applications.

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  Todd Taylor – Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Todd has provided legal and business counsel to clean technology companies for over fifteen years and has been involved in the ABO since 2008.  Todd was the Chairman of the 2010 Algae Biomass Summit, the Co-Chair of the 2011 Summit, and the Chairman of the 2012 Summit.  Todd is a partner in the Corporate law Department of the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, one of the largest law firms based in the Midwest with offices in Minneapolis, Bismarck, Fargo, Des Moines, Shanghai China, Monterrey Mexico and London England.

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  Mr. Tim Zenk – Sapphire Energy

Tim Zenk has spent much of his distinguished career shaping public policy – in helping leaders become better leaders and the public become more educated about key issues impacting the nation and the globe. His more than 20 years of rich experience has taken him from the front lines of Washington D.C., to the back roads of the Middle East, and to rural areas working on big issues in small towns. His passion is apparent and his experience varied. Most recently, as executive vice president for Edelman, an international communications firm, he built and led numerous campaigns, organized public-private partnerships, and counseled energy, biotech and technology leaders. Some clients included Louis Dreyfus Commodities, NorthernStar Natural Gas, Fate Therapeutics and Ikaria. Prior to that, he was founder and vice president of Chameleon Technology, a venture funded cutting-edge leader in wireless infrastructures. He also was a top executive for Telecommunications Systems (NYSE – TSYS), a leading provider of mission critical wireless data systems for wireless carriers, governments and intelligence organizations.Tim is known nationally for his political acumen, particularly regarding his work on key campaigns ranging from gubernatorial to congressional to presidential. His global work for the Clinton/Gore administration has left him with professional and life experiences that will last forever. Today, his passion for legacy energy solutions are top on his agenda and he is working to help Sapphire be the foremost leader in solving one of today’s biggest environmental, economic and political quandaries – energy dependence.

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