Professional Engineer holding Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with over 25 years of extensive experience in R&D from conception to commercialization in sugar, biorefining and pharmaceutical industries. Specialized expertise includes unit operations involved in all aspects of new process development and implementation: membrane filtration, industrial chromatography, solvent extraction, ion exchange, distillation, filtration, crystallization, bulk solids handling.
Demonstrated strong leadership and team-building skills in co-managing a three-year $1.9 million DOE-sponsored program on development and pilot demonstration of innovative separation technologies for conversion of agricultural feedstock into fuels and chemicals. Coordinated this project with a group of national labs and industrial partners. Initiated and supervised several multidisciplinary projects funded by international industrial consortia on development of new sugar processing technologies and risk-free integration into existing commercial facilities. In the recent years, was a principal investigator and/or collaborator on several grants (total of $1.2 million) related to improvement of sugar cane mill operations and integration of biomass conversion technologies into existing cane sugar industry infrastructure.
Currently principal investigator of a $17.3 million USDA NIFA funded project. The grant is one of five competitive nationally awarded coordinated agricultural projects. The main objective is to create a regional program for converting agricultural crops, such as energy cane and sweet sorghum, into fuels and chemicals (www.lsuagcenter.com/subi).
Director of newly formed Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing (www.lsuagcenter.com/libbi).
10/2006 to present:
Professor - Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter, Saint Gabriel, Louisiana.
Director-Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing( LIBBi)
Adjunct Professor - Chemical Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Departments, Louisiana State University
6/1991 to 10/2006: Process Research Group Leader - Amalgamated Research Inc. (Amalgamated Sugar Company), Twin Falls, Idaho.
11/1985 to 3/1991: Senior Research Engineer (Assistant Lab Manager) - Vitamin Research Institute, Moscow, Russia.
11/1982 to 11/1985: Chemical Engineer - Mendeleev Chemical Engineering University, Moscow, Russia.
Membership of Scientific and Professional Societies
Teaches a Sugar Process Engineering Course at Louisiana State University
Organized five International Short Courses on “Affinity-Based Separation Technologies (Exchange, Adsorption and Industrial Chromatography”
Fourteen years of instructorship in the short courses organized by Food Protein Research Center at Texas A&M University (1996-2010).
-Several years of teaching experience in undergraduate Chemcial Engineering classes and laboratory at the Mendeleev Chemical Engineering University in Moscow, Russia.
Author of 85 papers published in professional journals, 13 patents and multiple oral presentations at the national and international meetings. Several patents have been implemented commercially .