Ronald Sims

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Co-Director of the Sustainable Wastes-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC), Professor and Head Biological Engineering Department
Advisory Board Member


Ronald Sims is the Co-Director of the Sustainable Wastes-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC), a state of Utah approved partnership of academic, municipal, and industrial organizations involved with wastewater treatment and interest in bioproducts production. He is also Professor and Head of the Biological Engineering Department at Utah State University, and has authored or co-authored over 100 publications in refereed journals. Dr. Sims’s academic positions have included Director of the state of Utah Water Research Laboratory, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Head of the Division of Environmental Engineering at USU. His industry and non-academic experience include positions with Baychem Corporation, subsidiary of Bayer Corporation, as Supervisor of The Environmental Control Laboratory, Charleston, SC; Research Triangle Institute as Process Engineer for Synthetic Fuels at Research Triangle Park, NC; The U.S. State Department as Director of the “International Program in Environmental Aspects of Industrial Development” through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sims also worked as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Subsurface Science and Remediation Center at the Robert S. Kerr Research Laboratory, OK. Dr. Sims holds a PhD degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University, an M.S. degree in Environmental Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, and an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University. He is a recipient of the state of Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, and most recently served as the President of the national Institute of Biological Engineering. As Co-Director of SWBEC, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Synthetic Biomanufacturing Institute (SBI) initiated through the Utah Science, Technology, and Research (USTAR) program. His professional interests are related to Biomanufacturing scale up of bioproducts production from wastes, bioremediation, and bioprocess engineering.

Utah State University
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