Breakout Session III

Advanced Dry Mill Technology II - Midwest Consortium


Youngmi Kim

Youngmi Kim received her B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2001) in Biological Engineering from Inha University in South Korea and Ph.D. (2005) in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. During her Ph. D, she researched a packed bed of solid acid catalysts for hydrolysis of dissolved oligosaccharides derived from plant biomass. Upon completing her Ph.D, Youngmi Kim joined Dr. Ladisch’s team in the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) as a bioprocess engineer and has continued to work in the cellulosic ethanol area since 2005. Dr. Kim worked on various projects funded by USDA and DOE. Dr. Kim specializes in pretreatment and hydrolysis technologies for converting cellulosic biomass to fuel ethanol, bioseparation technologies, process design and simulation of ethanol process by developing mathematical models.

Michael Cotta

Michael Cotta serves is the Research Leader of the Fermentation Biotechnology Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, Illinois, USA. The Fermentation Biotechnology Research Unit is a leader in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) efforts to develop economical and environmentally sound technologies for production of biobased fuels and chemicals from agricultural commodities, residues, and processing wastes. The Fermentation Unit conducts a broad-based program of microbial, biochemical, genetic, and engineering research that has led to the discovery and development of novel microbial biocatalysts, enzymes, products and processes. The unit’s research builds on a long history of fermentation at the Center exemplified by the development of processes for production of penicillin, xanthan, riboflavin and other microbial products.


Nathan Mosier

Nathan Mosier is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University.

Dr. Mosier's research addresses fundamental topics in bioprocessing and bionanotechnology with current projects in bio-processing and enzyme mimicking catalysts for transforming renewable resources to fuels and chemicals, bio-based batteries for electricity generation, and rapid-prototyping of microfluidic biosensors.

He earned a B.S. in BioSystems Engineering from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Mosier was also a Ph.D. fellow in the Innovation Realization Laboratory at the Krannert School of Management.


Reed Oshel

Reed Oshel is an associate scientist of Agricultural Sciences and Bioenergy in the Product Sciences division of the Midwest Research Institute. He recently graduated with his masters in Chemistry and Biorenewable Resources and Technology from Iowa State University. His work there included solubilizing lignocellulosic materials using phosphite esters, conjugation of soybean oil for use as drying oils in inks and alkyd resins, and conversion of poultry fat to biodiesel using nano-calcium oxide as a heterogeneous catalyst. For his efforts in these areas, he was awarded the Cotton-Uphaus Award and the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for excellence in research as a graduate student in 2007.


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