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Breakout Panel II: Transportation and Biofuels

Chaired by Jinglu Tan, James C. Dowell professor and chair, biological engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

Panel Members: Stanley R. Bull, Ph.D., Rear Adm. Philip Hart Cullom, Walton Dickson, Steve Hobbs, Dale R. Ludwig, Gary Stacey, Ph.D., and Jinglu Tan, Ph.D.

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Stanley R. Bull, Ph.D.

Stanley R. BullStanley R. Bull Ph.D. has served as the associate director for science and technology for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the vice president of the Midwest Research Institute for more than a decade and has more than 40 years of experience in energy and related applications including renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation systems, bioenergy, medical systems and nondestructive testing. He has experience in leading energy research and development, managing and developing programs and planning and evaluating technical programs.

Bull led NREL's research and development which emphasizes renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in support of U.S. Department of Energy programs. During 28 years at NREL, he has held positions of increasing responsibility including: senior engineer, director of planning and evaluation, director of the fuels and chemicals research and engineering dvision, technical director for transportation programs, director of the Technology Management Center and the associate director for science and technology. Bull was on the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Engineering faculty for 13 years.

He has authored approximately 100 publications in diverse fields and technical journals, and presented roughly 150 papers at international, national and other meetings. He has also made numerous public presentations on a variety of energy-related topics.

Bull has a master's and doctorate degree from Stanford University and a bachelor's from the University of Missouri-Columbia with degrees in chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Professional recognition and honors include a senior Fulbright-Hays professorship in Grenoble, France, the Faculty-Alumni Award and the Missouri Honor Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Secretary of Energy Outstanding Program Manager Award. He is listed in Who's Who in Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, Who's Who in Technology and Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America. (Back to top)

Rear Adm. Philip Hart Cullom

Rear Adm. Philip Hart CullomA native of Flossmoor, Ill., Rear Admiral Philip H. Cullom graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in Physics. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration with distinction from Harvard Business School.

At sea, he has served in various operational and engineering billets aboard USS Truxtun (CGN 35), USS Jesse L. Brown (FF 1089), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), participating in numerous exercises and counter-narcotics patrols as well as Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. From 1998 to 1999 he commanded USS Mitscher (DDG 57), deploying to the Mediterranean, Adriatic and North Sea during the Kosovo crisis. As commander, Amphibious Squadron 3, he served as sea combat commander for the 1st Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG-1) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (2003-2004). Most recently, from June 2007 to August 2008, he commanded the Eisenhower and George Washington Strike Groups, as commander, Carrier Strike Group 8.

Ashore, he has served in various staff, policy, strategy, and technical positions to include: Shift engineer & staff training officer of the A1W nuclear prototype at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, special assistant to the CNO’s Executive Panel (OP-00K) and branch head for Strategy & Policy (N513). Joint assignments have included defense resource manager within the J-8 Directorate of the Joint Staff, white house fellow to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and director for Defense Policy and Arms Control at the National Security Council. He also held a personnel assignment, serving as the head of Officer Programs and Placement (PERS 424/41N) for all surface nuclear trained officers from late 2001 until 2003. After completing major command, he served as the chief of staff for Commander, 2nd Fleet/Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic until September 2005. Flag assignments ashore included Navy Staff positions as director, Deep Blue and the director for Strategy & Policy (N5SP). In September 2008, he assumed his present duties as director, Fleet Readiness Division on the Navy Staff.

Cullom's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. (Back to top)

Walton Dickson

Walton Dickson Mr. Dickson started his career as a Civil Engineering Research at the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Vicksburg MS. He worked on high explosive testing and simulation representations of Combat Engineering capabilities in both the VIC and Castform computer simulation model. He later became the Chief of the Modeling and Simulation Branch at ERDC, and worked in that position until Mid 1998. In Mid 1998 he moved to Ft. Leonard Wood as the Technical Director of the MANSCEN DCD Simulations and Analysis Center. He continued that position, including a two year developmental assignment to the 21st Theater Support Command in Germany for two years, until December of 2005 when he was named to his current position as the Chief of the Maneuver Support Battle Lab. (Back to top)

Steve Hobbs

Rep. Steve hobbsSteve Hobbs has built his life in central Missouri.  Hobbs was born in Mexico on February 5, 1960, and is a graduate of Mexico High School. In 1979, Hobbs bought his first farm in Audrain County.  In 1997, he became president of Hobbs Farms, Inc., the company he started with his father, Dean. 

Hobbs has been active in the community for many years.  He currently sits on the board of the Audrain-Montgomery County Red Cross.  He is a member of the Audrain County Farm Bureau and has served as president, secretary, treasurer, board member and legislative chairman.  He also served the Missouri Farm Bureau Beef Advisory Council as chairman, and member of the Resolutions Board.  He is a member and past president of the Audrain Cattleman’s Association, former board member of Mexico MFA Oil, and Extension Council Representative of the local MFA Exchange Board.

Hobbs was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Special Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Transportation Funding and member of the Special Standing Committee on Health Insurance, Agri-Business and the Budget Committee.  Best known for his work on private property rights, Hobbs passed landmark eminent domain reform in 2006.

Steve and his wife, Carolyn (Heerboth), continue to reside in Mexico with their family, and attend Rush Hill Community Church.  They have two daughters who attend Mexico Public Schools.  Together with his mother, Billie, they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat. (Back to top)

Dale R. Ludwig

Dale R. LudwigDale R. Ludwig serves as executive director/CEO of the Missouri Soybean Association (MSA), the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) and the Mid-America Research and Development Foundation (MARDF).  Mr. Ludwig oversees promotion and research activities supported by the soybean checkoff. He also directs dues-funded membership activities for thousands of Missouri’s soybean farmers.

Before coming to the soybean office, Mr. Ludwig worked in the agribusiness marketing and communications industry with Monsanto and Cargill.

Currently, Mr. Ludwig serves on Senator Bond’s Agriculture Advisory Board. He is president of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO), past chairman of the Missouri 4-H Foundation and president of the Missouri Dairy Growth Council.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) with degrees in animal science and agricultural economics, Mr. Ludwig has served as president of the MU Alumni. Previously, he was president of the MU Ag Alumni as well as president of the Missouri Ag Research Council (MARC).

Mr. Ludwig also completed the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Leadership Missouri program and the Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) program and served as president of the St. Louis Agri-Business Club.

Mr. Ludwig is the first ever recipient of the MU Tiger Pride Award. He also received recognition as MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Ludwig was recognized by the St. Louis Agri-Business Club as Ag Leader of the Year.  He also received the 2007 Agribusiness Leader of the Year award from the National AgriMarketing Association.

Mr. Ludwig owns and operates farms in southeast and central Missouri, consisting of soybeans, corn and wheat, as well as a beef herd. He and his wife, Rhonda, reside near Linn, Mo., with their three children, Trent, Claire and Troy. (Back to top)

Gary Stacey, Ph.D.

Gary StaceyGary Stacey is an Endowed Professor of Plant Sciences, Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Associate Director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also holds joint appointments in the Division of Biochemistry and Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. He has received in excess of $10 million in competitive research funding as PI or co-PI, has mentored 33 postdoctoral fellows and has chaired 17 Ph.D. and 6 M.S. graduate programs. He has authored or co-authored 150 peer-reviewed research articles, 71 book chapters, and 10 patents. He has also edited or co-edited 14 books. Six of these volumes were part of the Plant-Microbe Interactions book series that he co-founded. He is past senior editor of the journals Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and Plant Physiology. He is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Plant Molecular Biology and also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Bioenergy Research and Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. In January, 2010, he will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions for a three year term. He is also a member of a variety of advisory boards. In 2005, he was elected by the soybean community to a three year term on the National Soybean Genetics Executive Committee. He is also current chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the American Society of Plant Biologists. He is also a member of the prestigious US Department of Energy, Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee and was recently appointed vice-chairperson of this committee. In 1988, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung and, during 1990, was awarded the title of van der Klaauw Chair of Molecular Biology at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. In 1992, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement at the University of Tennessee. In 2007, he was awarded the Distinguished Research Award in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. In 2008, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Stacey’s research focuses on plant science, especially the role of biotic stress in reducing biomass production. He has conducted extensive research on microalgae with a focus on their growth properties, nutrition, and physiology. His laboratory is also currently conducting research in the area of biomass conversion. He has a specific interest in the identification of novel enzymes that can be utilized for biomass pretreatment for ethanol production. He is also utilizing novel nanotechnology approaches to improve the delivery of these enzymes and to allow their reuse, which would provide a significant cost savings. (Back to top)

Jinglu Tan, Ph.D.

Jinglu TanJinglu Tan received his PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Since then, he has been on the faculty of University of Missouri, where he is currently Director for the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering and Dowell Professor and Chair of the Biological Engineering. His ongoing research activities are in the areas of biological system modeling, sensing and imaging. He has published over 150 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and holds five US patents. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and Editor-in-Chief for Sensing & Instrumentation for Food Quality and Safety. He has been a consultant to major companies. (Back to top)

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