Biofuel Workforce Summit

May, 2013

Biofuels Workforce Summit participants tour a Pacific Biodiesel facility on Oahu

Kapiolani Community College

May 23, 2013 

Priming the Pump Panel (6:00-7:15pm) Ohia 118
Moderator: Sonia Wallman - 
Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Great Green Fleet Initiative: RIMPAC 2012, Joelle Simonpietri, Senior Energy Analyst, US PACOM Innovation and Experimentation Division, Honolulu, HI. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series and started on 29 June 2012. 42 ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and other elements of Carrier Strike Group 11, six submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel from 22 different nations took part in Hawaii. The US Navy demonstrated its green fleet of biofuel-driven vessels for which it purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel. On July 17, USNS Henry J. Kaiser delivered 900,000 gallons of biofuel and traditional petroleum-based fuel to the Nimitz's Carrier Strike Group. 

One Hundred Days from Soil to Oil: Agricultural Feedstock Development in Hawaii, 
Kelly King, Vice President, Pacific Biodiesel, Kahului, Maui, HI. Project Director of the Hawaii Military Biofuels Crop demonstration project. Chair of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to the development of a certification program for sustainable biodiesel production and use.
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Alternative Jet Fuels, Ralph Cavalieri, Associate Vice President for Alternative Energy, Washington State University. PI on multi-institution project on biofuels funded by the USDA/NIFA. 

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(7:15-9:00pm) Ohia 118 Foyer

May 24, 2012

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (7:30-8:00am) Ohia 118 foyer

The Biofuels Production and Analysis Industry Panel 
(8:00-10:00am) Ohia 118
Moderator: Sonia Wallman 

Matt Croughan, Successful completion of three industry sponsored projects, including two on biofuels, as well as serving on a NSF review panel regarding algae biotechnology (George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor and Director of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA)
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Lyle Estill, Community scale biodiesel production from waste fats, oils and greases, and poultry fat derived biodiesel for export; statewide recognition of the importance of biofuels in North Carolina(Piedmont Biofuels and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina)
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Kelly King, Renewable, sustainable, community-based biofuels since 1996 (Pacific Biodiesel, Kahului, HI and Big Island Biodiesel, Keaau, HI; Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance) 
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Adelheid Kuehnle, Microalgae collection, research and development, with emphasis on microalgae for bioenergy (CEO Kuehnle AgroSystems, Oahu, HI) 
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Miguel Olaizola, Synthetic genomics for biofuels production (Director of Production R&D, Synthetic Genomics, San Diego, CA). 

COFFEE BREAK: 10:00-10:15am Ohia 118 foyer

Biofuels Production and Analysis Programs at Community Colleges Panel
(10:15-12:15pm) Ohia 118
Moderator: Linnea Fletcher

Charles Besinger, (Director of Alternative Fuels in the Biofuels Program, educating students on the production of biodiesel, ethanol and algae oil at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM) 
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Rhykka Connelly, (Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College; Technical Director, Open Algae; development algal biofuels production kits through UTEX Algae Culture Collection, Austin TX)

Chuck Crabtree, (Director, Iowa BioDevelopment at Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA; Involved in the development of career pathways for the bioprocessing and biofuels industries and PI for a planning grant to establish a Midwest regional center: Bioenergy Technology Education Center (B-TEC))
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James Hewlett, (Professor of Biology, Co-PI of the NBC2, Executive Director of the Community College Research Initiative, and President / CEO of STEMsolutions, Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY)
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Daniel Kainer, (Professor of Biotechnology and Director of the Biotechnology Institute, Lone Star College-Montgomery, Conroe, TX)
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Elmar Schmid, (Professor at MiraCosta Community College working with EDGE –Educating and Developing Workers for the Green Economy, San Diego, CA)
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Jason Selwitz, (Project Manager for Washington’s Agriculture Center of Excellence based at Walla Walla Community College. Coordinates development and implementation of community and technical college-level training programs in Bioenergy Operations and Feedstock Management for the Northwest)
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Kenneth Walz, (Chemistry and Engineering Instructor at Madison Area Technical College; Director of CERET Biofuels Train the Trainer Academy)

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LUNCH (12:15-1:30pm) Ka Ikena/Tamarind

What Do Biofuels Technicians Do? Panel 
(1:30-2:30pm) Ohia 118
Moderator: Mike Fino 

Jesse Briley, (Five years in industrial biotechnology as fermentation operator, distillation operator; currently a lab technician at Lincolnway Energy; education and training at Indian Hills Community College, IA)
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Emily Effner, (Research Associate at Sapphire Energy, former Research Associate at Synthetic Genomics, and former Intern at General Atomics and Scripps Institute of Oceanography; undergraduate work and EDGE biofuel program completed at UC San Diego, San Diego, CA)
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Ikenna Nedosa, (Quality Systems Technician, Promethean Biofuels, Temecula, CA; education and training at MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA)

Evan Wallman, (Former Production and QC Technician, MeraPharma, now Cyanotech, Kailua-Kona, HI; education and training through internships and a B.S. in Environmental Geology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ)

BREAK (2:30-2:45pm) Ohia 118 foyer

Breakout Sessions on Biofuels Production and Analysis
(2:45-4:15pm) Ohelo 111, Ohelo 203, Ohelo 206 

1. Educational Skills (Moderator: David Nobles, Curator UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, College of Natural Science)
2. Technical Skills (Moderator: Vicki Glazer, Editor of Industrial Biotechnology)
3. Occupational Skills (Moderator: Jennifer Gray, DACUM Facilitator, Instructional Resources and Technology, Austin Community College, Austin, TX)

BREAK (4:15-4:45pm) Ohia 118 foyer

Report Out on Biofuels Production and Analysis (4:45-5:30pm) Ohia 118
1. Educational Skills
2. Technical Skills
3. Occupational Skills

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Jennifer Streff, NBC2 Program Manager at Montgomery County Community College, organizer for the Summit.



Location Activities: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013