The institute is the campus leader and catalyst for research on bioenergy, biofuel and biomaterials production through the use of biomass conversion strategies that are environmentally and economically sustainable.


The primary mission of the institute is to encourage and facilitate integrative, collaborative basic and applied research projects in bioenergy that recognize the entire lifecycle and environmental impact of biomass production, harvesting, transport, treatment, conversion, and recycling. The institute will also foster education and training of the next generation of scientists, engineers and professionals that will form the 21st century workforce in the bioenergy field, as well as pursue outreach and communication activities to involve our public and private stakeholders in the development and dissemination of next-generation bioenergy.

Executive Committee

Name Term of Service
Michael Adams 2013–2015
Ryan Adolphson Ex officio
Parastoo Azadi 2014-2016
Alan Darvill Ex officio
Puneet Dwivedi 2015-2017
Mark Eiteman 2015-2017
Dan Geller 2015-2017
Terry Hastings Ex officio
Sergiy Minko  2015-2017
Debra Mohnen 2013-2015
Jason Locklin 2014-2016
Robert Scott Ex officio

Outreach Committee

Name Term of Service
Magdy Alabady 2014–2016
Parastoo Azadi 2013–2015
Puneet Dwivedi 2014–2016
Dan Geller 2015-2017
William Hubbard 2013–2015
Thomas Lawrence 2013–2015
Campbell Joseph Nairn 2014–2016
Susan Reinhardt 2015-2017

Program Committee

Name Term of Service
K.C. Das 2014–2016
Terry Hastings 2014–2016
Sarah Hitchner 2014–2016
Jim Kastner 2015-2017
Jason Locklin 2014–2016
Sudhagar Mani 2013–2015
Sergiy Minko 2014–2016
Debra Mohnen 2013–2015
Suraj Sharma 2013–2015

† Committee Chair