BIOconference 2004
Biobased Industry Outlook


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March 7...7 p.m.
March 8...8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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The following speakers presented during BIO Conference 2004. To find out when they speak, view the schedule.

Dr. Stanley Johnson, Vice Provost for ISU Extension
Merlin Bartz, USDA (invited)
James Fischer, DOE (invited)

Georg Anderl, BIOWA
Floyd Barwig, Director, Iowa Energy Center

Kevin Kephart, Syngas fermentation
Jeff Stroburg, West Central Cooperative

Blake Hollis, UNI-ABIL
Lou Honary, UNI-ABIL
Diane Neuzil, UNI-ABIL

Mike Blouin, Director, IA Dept. of Economic Dev.
Steve Howell, ISU
Ken Moore,
Robert Brown,
Doug Stokke,
Rob Anex,
Marvin Duncan
Steve Devlin, CIRAS - ISU Extension
Bruce Coney, Central Iowa Procurement Center

Ramani Narayan, ASTM

Stanley R. Johnson
Stanley R. Johnson became Vice Provost for University Extension at Iowa State University (ISU) in 1996. As Vice Provost for Extension, he is responsible for nearly a $80 million budget and a full- and part-time faculty and staff of more than 1,250. He was appointed as the Vice Provost for Extension to undertake a major restructuring of Extension at ISU.

Since 1996, Extension has adapted its administrative structure and "culture." Projects are defined with substantial constituent input. These projects are also developed jointly with campus faculty and staff and field professionals, and provide education and information services. The projects incorporate joint research and education activities as well as traditional education and information responsibilities of Extension.

Administratively, Extension has become more entrepreneurial, decentralized, responsive to local priorities and incorporated mechanisms to provide for effective feedback to the University teaching and research programs. A state-wide association of the elected county councils has been organized and is functioning. Greater emphasis and stronger incentives have been applied for grant and contract funding. The result has been to significantly expand Extension programming and the linkages to the on-campus strengths of ISU.

Prior to his appointment as Vice Provost for Extension, Stanley Johnson was the Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD). CARD has an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary public policy research program.

Johnson received the B.A. degree from Western Illinois University, the M.S. degree from Texas Technological College in Lubbock, and the Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station.

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Merlin Bartz
Merlin E. Bartz was selected as special assistant to the under secretary for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2002. In that position, Bartz assists in the policy direction of the programs of USDA’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Prior to joining USDA, Bartz served as a state senator for his home state of Iowa since his election in 1992. When leaving that position, Bartz was an assistant majority leader, chair of the administrative rules review committee, vice-chair of the natural resources and environment committee, and a member of the agriculture and various other committees. During his tenure, he played an instrumental role in the passage of environmental legislation ranging from brownfield redevelopment to watershed protection.

Bartz served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1990 to 1992. Prior to government service, he spent five years with the David Manufacturing Company in Mason City, Iowa. Bartz’s farming roots stem from his farrow to finish hog operation and 500 acres of cropland near Grafton, Iowa, where his family has farmed for six generations.

Bartz was born in Mason City, Iowa, and grew up in Grafton, Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and music, with an emphasis in composition, from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was a member of a Rotary cultural exchange team to India in 1990; was one of a small group of state legislators chosen nationally in 1994 to participate in the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia Leadership Class; traveled with an economic trade mission to Japan in 1997; and received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his legislative career. He and his wife Lisa have three children.

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James Fischer, P.E.
James Fischer is a member of the Board of Directors for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs of the U.S. Department of Energy. He is an advisor to Assistant Secretary Garman on collaboration with universities and key related organizations. He is seeking to build partnerships and to develop new and innovative models of collaboration with universities, especially land grant universities, foundations, and the agricultural, industrial, and business communities.

Fischer previously served in a variety of positions at Clemson University, including Professor and Dean for Agricultural Research, Director of the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Extension and Research Agricultural Programs. Prior to his time at Clemson University, he was Professor and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Michigan State University, a Research Engineer with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and Associate Professor at the University of Missouri.

Early in his career as a research engineer, he provided the leadership for the development and implementation of a research program that determined the design specifications for an integrated on-farm energy production and utilization system. Fischer has also worked to develop a vision and plans for the future of universities and agriculture to deal with the ever-changing landscape of our agricultural system. He co-directed the national project, From Issues to Action: A Plan for Action on Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Land Grant Universities, and was Executive Producer of a televised national satellite “town meeting” series, 21st Century Land Grant Universities: Action On Issues.

Fischer holds a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is also a registered Professional Engineer and has published more than 100 papers, contributed book chapters, testified before Congress, and served on peer review panels and advisory boards. Dr. Fischer grew up on a family crop and livestock farm in Missouri.

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Georg Anderl
Georg Anderl, has been with Genencor International, Inc. since 1990, and general manager of the Cedar Rapids facility since 1997. Prior to joining the company in 1990, he worked for Eastman Kodak Bio-Products Division in Rochester, NY.

Genencor International is a diversified biotechnology company with over $350 million in 2002 revenues. Genencor focuses on two markets: bioproducts and health care. For the bioproducts market, Genencor discovers, develops and sells biocatalysts and other biochemicals for the industrial, consumer and agri-processing markets. For the health care market, Genencor has drug development platforms in protein therapeutics and immunotherapeutics targeting viral infectious diseases and cancer. There are 8 manufacturing sites located around the globe. At the Cedar Rapids site, Georg is responsible for a large part of the industrial cleaning business. Their enzymes can be found in such well know brands as Tide.

While at Genencor, Mr. Anderl has served as Project and Plant Engineer, Manager of Engineering and Maintenance, and Engineering Technology Director. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, and has completed coursework toward a master's degree in electrical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Anderl is also actively involved in the community, serving on three nonprofit boards. He is the current President of the BIOWA Development Association, and he is also a board member of the Cedar Rapids Science Station (a science and technology museum/IMAX) and Tanager Place (a treatment center for abused children). Anderl, his wife Kathy and their children Michael and Patrick reside in Cedar Rapids.

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Floyd E. Barwig, AIA
Floyd Barwig is the Director of the Iowa Energy Center, located in Ames, Iowa. The Energy Center, created by the Iowa General Assembly and funded by the state's electric and natural gas ratepayers, conducts and sponsors a broad range of research, demonstration, and education projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

For the past 20 years, Barwig's career has focused on energy issues. Immediately prior to joining the Energy Center in 1996, he was the manager of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's buildings research programs. Before that, he was the Director of Technical Services for the New York State Energy Office. In New York he lead a wide range of technical assistance and energy codes and standards programs.

A licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, Barwig holds bachelor of science and bachelor of architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a masters in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Kevin Kephart
Kevin Kephart is the Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at South Dakota State University. He is on the National Board of Directors for the Sun Grant Initiative.

The Sun Grant Initiative is a national network of land-grant universities and U.S. Department of Energy laboratories partnering to build a biobased economy. Sun Grant institutions, including South Dakota State University, would be charged with making significant advances in biobased industries for the benefit of America's independent farmers, rural communities, and public at large.

Kephart, who grew up in the Flathead Valley near Kalispell, Mont., received his Ph.D. degree in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University in 1987, an M.S. degree from the University of Wyoming in 1982, and a B.S. degree in soil science from Montana State University in 1979.

Kephart's research at SDSU has focused on crop physiology with an applied physiology emphasis. He has developed a program that emphasizes quality of forages, especially for ruminant livestock.

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Jeff Stroburg
Jeffrey Stroburg has been the Chief Executive Officer of West Central Cooperative since October of 1999. Prior to this appointment, Stroburg was President/CEO of Countrymark Cooperative in Indianapolis, IN which unified its operations into Land O'Lakes, Inc. in October 1998. At that time, he assumed the responsibilities of Vice President/COO of the Eastern Ag Region of Land O' Lakes.

West Central is a diversified grain handling and soybean processing cooperative with annual sales of $225 million. The company is headquartered in Ralston, Iowa. During his term at West Central, Storburg has lead efforts to commercialize new technologies in the production of biodiesel which were discovered at Iowa State University. West Central and ISU received a $1.19M grant in 2003 to implement these technologies.

Stroburg currently serves on the board of directors for Agricultural Clean Water Alliance (ACWA), Associated Benefits Corporation (ABC), Cooperative Business International (CBI), Cooperative Development Services (CDS) and National Grain and Feed (NGFA). Stroburg has served on the American Egg Board, A.C. Toepfer Board of Directors and C.F. Industries Board of Directors.

Stroburg received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1974. He and his wife, Nancy, have two sons and one daughter.

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Blake Hollis
Blake G. Hollis is general manager and co-founder of BioBased Industries, LLC (BBI), a startup toll grease manufacturer located in Waterloo, Iowa. BBI is a service provider for Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, a commercial outgrowth of the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants Research Program.

Hollis owns and manages a farm that consists of a 1,400 sow farrow to finish hog operation and 4,000 acres of corn and soybean production. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Lou Honary
In 1991 Dr. Lou Honary founded UNI's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program, and today is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable researchers in the biobased industrial lubricants arena.

Dr. Honary is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). He received his Master's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, and his doctorate in Industrial Technology from UNI. He joined the UNI faculty in 1982 to teach fluid power and engineering technology classes, and has been the founding Director of UNI's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants Research Program (UNI-ABIL) since 1991.

Dr. Honary has issued numerous publications, including a book chapter, in the area of ag-based lubricants, and is the recipient of the Distinguished Industrial Achievement Award of the Fluid Power Society. He is an active member of Governor Vilsack's Life Sciences Advisory Committee, and was named a 1999 Soy Promoter by the Bremer County Soybean Association.

Currently, Dr. Honary holds a total of three (3) US patents as issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office, both individually and jointly, for his work with soybean-based industrial lubricants. The first, #5,972,855, for "Soybean-based Hydraulic Fluid", issued in October of 1999. The second and third, #5,958,851 and #6,159,913, for "Transformer Oil and Transmission Line Fluid", issued in September of 1999 and December of 2000 respectively.

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Diane Neuzil
Diane Neuzil, Associate Director of UNI's Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants Research Program (UNI-ABIL), assists in planning and implementing of long-term strategic plans for the ABIL program.

As program liaison with external agencies, Neuzil manages budgeting, reporting and administration of sponsored projects via industry, academia, state and federal agencies. Finally, she assists the Director in overseeing program growth to ensure it meets the University's missions and the state's economic development objectives.

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Mike Blouin
Mike Blouin was named to his current position in January 2003. With over 30 years of public service and community development experience, he brings a strong understanding of Iowa's economic needs and opportunities. His appointment demonstrates Governor Vilsack's commitment to economic development in the state of Iowa.

Blouin previously served as president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, where he led the consolidation of four economic and community development groups into one unified development organization. Under his leadership, the Greater Des Moines Partnership became the premier economic and community development organization serving Des Moines.

Blouin came to Des Moines from Cedar Rapids, where he was president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. He also has been a resource director at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids; president and founder of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and lobbying firm; and a presidential appointee to the Community Service Administration. Additionally, Blouin was a member of Congress and a member of the Iowa State Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives.

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Steve Howell
Steve Howell became the first permanent Director of the Plant Sciences Institute on January 1, 2001. He is an internationally-known researcher in the area of plant molecular biology and development. Most recently he served as Vice President for Research at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was the Boyce Schulze Downey scientist. Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the Biology Department at the University of California San Diego for 19 years.

Howell holds a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University (1967) and a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College. Howell has been editor-in-chief of a major research journal, Plant Molecular Biology, and authored the book, "The Molecular Genetics of Plant Development," published by Cambridge University Press. He has more than 100 research publications and has pioneered several developments in the field of plant biotechnology. His current research involves the understanding of the complex gene expression program that underlies shoot development in plants.

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Ken Moore
Kenneth J. Moore joined the faculty of the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University as professor of crop production and physiology in 1993. In 1998, he was a Senior Research Fellow at AgResearch Grasslands in Palmerston North, New Zealand where he conducted research on pasture biodiversity for six months.

Dr. Moore and his colleagues have conducted several experiments on the developmental morphology of forage grasses and its relationship to forage quality. They devised a system for describing and quantifying grass growth and development that enables quantitative studies on the relationships between the morphological development of grasses and variables related to their growth and quality. Their research has shown that canopy architecture plays a significant role in the quality of forage available to grazing animals. They are currently developing models based upon this research that will be used to design complementary grazing systems on the basis of available nutrients rather than seasonal biomass accumulation.

Dr. Moore has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, advised 7 M.S. students, 7 Ph.D. students, 2 post-doctoral research associates, and has served on the graduate committees of an additional 20 students. Dr. Moore has been recognized with Outstanding Young Scientist and Merit Awards by the American Forage and Grassland Council and the Young Crop Scientist Award by the Crop Science Society of America.

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Robert Brown
Dr. Robert C. Brown is the Bergles Professor of Thermal Sciences in Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET) at at Iowa State University. Professor Brown teaches courses in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer in the undergraduate program. He teaches courses in combustion, fluidized bed technology, biorenewable resources at the graduate level.

Dr. Brown's research interests include conversion of biorenewable resources into bioenergy and biobased products, combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis, hydrogen energy, and hydrodynamics and heat transfer in fluidized beds.

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Doug Stokke
Doug Stokke joined the ISU Forestry Department as an Associate Scientist in August, 1998. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 1999. Doug's areas of responsibility are split 50/50 between forest products research and extension.

Doug received his B.S. degree in Forest Products with a minor in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1980. In 1982, he received his M.S. degree from University of Minnesota in Forest Products/Industrial Engineering-Operations Research.

Doug's Ph.D. degree is in Forest Biology/Wood Science from Iowa State University, received in 1986. Following his graduate studies, Doug served five years as an Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry and Wood Products at Michigan Technological University and then for six years as a Forest Products Technologist with the USDA Forest Service, North Central and Northeastern Forest Experiment Stations.

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Robert Anex
Rob Anex joined Iowa State's agricultural and biosystems engineering department in August. His position was created as part of the new BioEconomy Initiative supported by ISU President Gregory Geoffroy's office.

Anex is nationally and internationally recognized for his application of a technique called "life cycle analysis" to biorenewables and biobased manufacturing. He uses this type of analysis to determine the viability of new biobased products, and to identify potential improvements at plants where biobased products are being manufactured.

Iowa State recently established the first graduate program in biorenewable resources and technology in the United States. In addition to his research, Anex is teaching in the new program, plus in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department.

Anex is a California native and earned his three advanced degrees from UC Davis. Most recently he was at the University of Oklahoma.

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Marvin Duncan
Marvin Duncan is a senior agricultural economist in the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, within the Office of the Chief Economist, in the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Duncan primarily works in the area of biobased products, where he has been involved in implementing Section 9002 of the 2002 Farm Bill. That section provides for preferred procurement of biobased products by Federal agencies. He also monitors the U. S. electric utility industry and the restructuring underway in that industry.

Duncan previously has held research and management positions in the Federal Reserve System, senior management and appointive positions in the Farm Credit Administration, and has been a department chairperson and faculty member at a land grant university.

Duncan holds a B.S. degree in agronomy and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics.

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Steve Devlin
Steven L. Devlin is an Industrial Specialist with the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University. He is currently serving as the project manager for Iowa State’s cooperative agreement with the USDA – Office of Energy Policy and New Uses to develop and implement systems supporting Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. He works with government officials, university faculty, staff and students, and private contractors to develop testing resources for biobased products, management procedures, and infrastructure for long-term program operation.

Mr. Devlin received a Bachelors Degree of Industrial Science from Truman State University in 1993 and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Education & Technology from Iowa State University in 2003. He has worked as an Engineering Analyst and Product Designer with John Deere Sprayer Production and as Office Manager of a small contract design firm.

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Bruce Coney
As Program Manager for the Iowa Procurement Outreach Center (IPOC), Bruce Coney manages staff and finite resources to deliver procurement services to firms across the state of Iowa. The IPOC is a service available to Iowa business firms that is supported and hosted by the Center for Industrial Research And Service (CIRAS) at ISU College of Engineering/Extension. This program is a cooperative agreement between Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

The mission of the IPOC is to support the DoD in maintaining optimum readiness and reliability in the Iowa industrial-base for the needs of each branch of the military and other federal agencies. In addition, the program supports large commercial prime contractors in the sourcing of supplies, supply-chain management and benchmarking initiatives as required for federal subcontracting requirements.

Coney has the skills to conduct Supply-Chain management, Supply-Chain integration and analysis and implementation initiatives. His industry experience includes developing and initiating supplier development /supplier management initiatives, Quality Control, Continuous Improvement, Lean Production and E-Commerce.

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Dr. Ramani Narayan
Ramani Narayan is professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., a position he has held since 1990.

In addition to his professorship at Michigan State, Narayan served as director of the Biomaterials Program at MBI International and as MBI distinguished professor of chemical and biochemical engineering. His first academic appointment was as group leader and research professor of the Renewable Resources Engineering Laboratory at Purdue University. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry (biopolymers) from Bombay University.

Since 1989, Narayan has been an active member of ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics, receiving the committee's William N. Findley and Outstanding Achievement Awards. He is the current chairman of subcommittees D20.92 on Terminology and D20.96 on Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products. He serves as U.S. technical expert and representative to the Working Group on Degradable Plastics of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 61 on Plastics, and convener of Working Group 1, Subcommittee 1 on Terminology. He is also a member of ASTM Committees D10 on Packaging and E02 on Terminology.

In addition to ASTM International, Narayan is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Plastic Engineers, and the American Society of Engineering Educators.

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