2023 Agenda


Monday, June 12

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm FEW Golf Outing
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Buses start loading at hotels at 6:15am
8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Panels
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Exploring the Technical and Economic Viability of Biogas Integration with Ethanol Production I
Room 201 - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Jeff Kistner, President, Flag Leaf Financial
  • Noah Carlson, Application Engineer, BIOFerm Energy Systems
    Stillage to RNG: Sustainable Growth for Your Facility
  • Loren Steenhoek, Engineering Consultant, LYS Enterprises
    Engineering Biogas Plants for Integration and Co-Location With Corn Ethanol Plants
  • Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox
    Evaluating Biogas Production to Drive Lower-CI Fuels with Corn Ethanol Production
Biodiesel Summit: SAF & Renewable Diesel

Right from the Beginning: How Feedstock and Material Handling Choices Impact SAF and Renewable Diesel Project Success
Room 215/216 - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Scott Kohl, Chief Technology Officer, Visionary Fiber Technologies
  • Christine Riedl, Technical Sales Manager Biodiesel/RetroFit, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH
    It´s all about Feedstock
  • Melita Kyriakou, Senior Consultant, Christianson PLLP
    Low-CI Feedstock Traceability in Regulated Markets
  • Steve Nelson, General Manager/Engineer, Wolf Material Handling Systems
    Solid Bulk Material Handling for Biomass-Based Gasification
  • Scott Vincent, Vice President, Strobel Energy Group
    Transportation Considerations for SAF
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
Ballroom Lobby
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10:30 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Panels
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Meet Your Customer: The Evolution of Animal Protein Production
Room 201 - (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Moderator: Matt Durler, Senior Scientist, VP of Animal Feed Development, ICM, Inc.
  • Ryan A. Mass, PhD, Director of Animal Nutrition for ICM, Inc.
    How Does Ethanol Process Technology Improve Animal Protein Production? An Introduction
  • Justin Axman, MS, Consultant, DNMC Milk
    Digestible Fiber for Efficient Dairy Enterprises – A New Product Opportunity
  • John Niemann, Asido Biologicals
    Un-Forked: The Eco-System Strength of Animals, Land, Food and Fuel
  • Jeremy Javers, VP of Technology, Houdek-Prairie Aquatech
    Plant-Based Proteins for Aquaculture – Past, Present, and Future
  • Matt Durler, VP of Animal Feed Development, ICM, Inc.
    An Integrated Story of the Ethanol Industry and Animals
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Turning Carbon Intensity into Your Plant’s Most Valuable Operational Metric
Room 202 - (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Jeff Kistner, President, Flag Leaf Financial
  • Melita Kyriakou, Senior Consultant, Christianson PLLP
    Low Carbon Intensity Energy Opportunities
  • Andrea Foglesong, Vice President/Sr EHS Consultant, PROtect, LLC
    Ensuring Your Carbon Score Isn’t a Swing And Miss
  • Donna Funk, Principal, Pinion
    Where We’ve Been, Where are We Now, Where are We Headed – Define your Sustainability Plan
  • Preston Brown, Director of Agribusiness, nZero
    Real Time Carbon Accounting for Ethanol Producers
Biodiesel Summit: SAF & Renewable Diesel

A Review of the Technologies that Promise to Deliver the Gen-One Biofuel Industry to the Promised Land of Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Higher Value Bio-Products Production
Room 215/216 - (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI
  • Stephen P Sims, VP Business Development, Universal Fuel Technologies
    Universal Fuel Technologies (UFT) Flexiforming of Ethanol to Produce RBOB and/or SAF
  • Mingjun Ma, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    From Corn Stover to Biofuel and Bioproducts
  • Ling Tao, Principal Engineer and Analysis Platform Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Corn Grain And Corn Stover Ethanol To Jet Fuel: Integrated Techno-Economic Analysis And Life Cycle Assessment
Noon - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
Ballroom Lobby
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Concurrent Panels
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Looking Towards Ethanol’s Future as a Low Carbon Catalyst for both Agriculture and Transportation Fuel
Room 202 - (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Raj Arora, Director of Business Development, StormFisher Hydrogen
  • Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol
    Opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture and Ethanol in Clean Fuel Markets
  • Dean Drake, President, Defour Group, LLC
    The New Era of Biofuels: Ethanol’s Role in Providing Affordable Clean Transportation Fuel
  • Reid Wagner, Executive Director, Nebraska Ethanol Board
    E30 Fuel Demonstration in the Nebraska State Fleet
  • Tad Hepner, VP of Strategy and Innovation, Renewable Fuels Association
    Tracing the Industry’s Path to Net Zero
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Gazing into a Crystal Ball: Forecasting What the Future Holds for the Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilization Industry
Room 213/214 - (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Erin Billeri, Client Engagement Lead, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute
    • Todd Bush, Managing Director, Fuse Markets
      Carbon Capture Outlook for 2023-2030
    • Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Navigator CO2
      The Heartland Greenway Project: Project Level Updates and Future Development
    • David Miller, Consulting Chief Economist, Decision Innovation Solutions
      45Z and 45Q Tax Credits: Game Changers for the Ethanol Industry
    • Chad Asmus, Sustainable Ag Product Strategist, BASF Ag Solutions
      Lowering Carbon Intensity On the Farm: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions
Biodiesel Summit: SAF & Renewable Diesel

Building the SAF Industry on a Foundation of Low Carbon Production Technologies
Room 215/216 - (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Kyle Wangler, U. S. Central and Midwest Area Sales Manager, W. R. Grace & Co.
  • John Oyen, Business Development Manager, ABB, Inc.
    SAF- Carbon Intensity. How Low Can You Go?
  • Matthew Clingerman, Process Development Expert, Sulzer GTC
    Low Carbon Intensity SAF & HVO
  • Scott Kohl, Chief Technology Officer, Visionary Fiber Technologies
    Pretreatment System Without the Use of Solid Absorbents
  • Tom Nealon, CEO, SAFFIRE
    Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Corn Stover via NREL’s Deacetylation and Mechanical Refining Technology
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Refreshment Break
Ballroom Lobby
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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Concurrent Panels
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Exploring the Technical and Economic Viability of Biogas Integration with Ethanol Production II
Room 201 - (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Mark Heckman, Strategic Development Director, U.S. Biofuels, EcoEngineers
  • Bernie Hoffman, Director of Business Development, P&E Solutions, LLC
    CHP And AD An Ethanol Plant's New Best Friend
  • Yassar Farhan, Vice President, EMG International LLC
    Advanced High-Rate Anaerobic Digester Technology for Treatment Of Biofuels Wastewater: A Focus On Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) And Realized Sustainability Benefits
  • Dr. John Ingersall, President & CEO, EcoCorp
    Carbon Dioxide Sequestration And Utilization From The Production Of Renewable Natural Gas From The Anaerobic Co-Digestion Of Organic Wastes
  • John Kwik, EVP of Product Technologies, Fluid Quip
    Alternative Energy Sources, Assessing AD For The Dry Grind Facility
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Making Sense of the Complex Permit Requirements for Carbon Capture and Storage Projects
Room 213/214 - (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Jeremy Greenhouse, Minnesota Environmental Law Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A
  • Angie Ronayne, Senior Consultant, Merjent, Inc.
    Pipeline Environmental Permitting Considerations for CCS Projects
  • Tim Eggeman, Chief Technology Officer, New Phase Energy
    Environmental Permitting Challenges for CCS Projects at US Fuel Ethanol Facilities
  • Brad Pekas, Senior Engineer/Hydrogeologist, Trihydro Corporation
    Baseline Environmental Testing & Monitoring Programs for CCS Projects
  • Andrea Foglesong, Vice President/Sr EHS Consultant, PROtect, LLC
    Proposed GHG Reporting Rule Changes and Associated Reporting Expectations for CCS
Biodiesel Summit: SAF & Renewable Diesel

Ensuring Optimal Catalyst Performance at Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel and SAF Production Sites
Room 215/216 - (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Scott Kohl, Chief Technology Officer, Visionary Fiber Technologies
  • Jonathon Speed, Director of Product and Applications, Keit Industrial Applications
    Real-Time, On-Line Measurement Of Renewable Diesel And SAF Pre-Treatment Feedstocks: Fix The Problems Before They Trash Your Catalyst
  • Lisa Lau, Commercial Manager, The Lubrizol Corporation
    Sulfrzol 54 Is The Sustainable Solution For Sulfiding Catalyst In Renewable Refineries
  • Genet Liu, BD Manager, Qingdao Vland Biotech INC.
    Production Of Biodiesel With A Low-Cost Lipase From Genetically Modified Aspergillus Oryzae: Optimization By Response Surface Methodology
  • Ryan Roth, Manager, Refined Technologies Inc.
    Reducing Shutdown Time on Renewable Diesel Unit Catalyst Changeouts
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Halls BC
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Tuesday, June 13

7:30 am Women in Ethanol Award Ceremony
Ballroom BC
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
Ballroom Lobby
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9:00 am – 11:00 am General Session
Ballroom BC
9:00 am – 9:30 am General Session
Welcome & Industry Awards
  • Welcome: Joe Bryan, CEO, BBI International
  • Awards: John Nelson, Vice President, BBI International
9:30 am – 10:00 am General Session
Keynote Presentation
  • Geoff Cooper, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
10:00 am – 11:00 am General Session
The Fuel Ethanol Workshop’s Annual Conversation with Association Leadership
Moderator: Tim Portz, Program Developer, BBI International
  • Chris Bliley, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
  • Troy Bredenkamp, Senior VP Government & Public Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Halls BC
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
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11:45 am Making Thin Stillage Thin: How to Further Refine your Evaporator Feed
Presentation by Chuck Gallop, ICM, Inc.
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
12:30 pm Engineering a Winning Energy & OPEX Strategy
Presentation by Keith Jakel, Fluid Quip Technologies
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
1:15 pm An Inside Look: SAF Demand from Southwest Airlines' Perspective
Presentation by SAFFiRE Renewables and Southwest Airlines
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Surveying the Industry’s Most Recent Advances in Yeast Strain Development
Room 215/216 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Pauline Teunissen, Global Application Leader - Grain Processing, Health & Biosciences Division, IFF
  • Griffin Ford, Technical Service Account Manager, IFF
    Improved Fermentation Performance of New Glucoamylase (GA) Expressing Yeast Strains
  • Justin Smith, Chief Sciences and Technology Officer, Recombia, Lesaffre
    Highly Efficient Multiplex Strain Engineering at Recombia Biosciences and LEAF by Lesaffre for Ethanol Strain Development
  • Josh Heyen, CEO & President, Xylogenics, Inc.
    The Advantages of Maltophilic Yeast for Fuel Ethanol Production
  • Bruce Patterson, Sales Director, Americas, Leaf by Lesaffre
    Developing partnerships along the value chain: the working model for the CP² platform
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

A Posture of Vigilance: Operational Approaches to Stay Ahead of Component Wear and Guarantee Reliability
Ballroom A - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Tim Portz, Program Manager, BBI International
  • Brad Thompson, Biofuels Technology Leader, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions
    Why is Your Chiller Failing You? - A Guide to Ensuring Performance and Extending Its Life
    FEW Podcast Interview
  • Mark Binns, Technical Business Director, Hengye, Inc.
    Real Time Mol Sieve Evaluation with Operational Example
  • Mitch Manstedt, Strategic Business Leader, Kurita America
    Plant Reliability-Replacement of Outdated Automation and Controls
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Unraveling the Section 45 Tax Credits Providing the Tailwinds for Carbon Capture and Storage Projects
Room 213/214 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Andrew Hawkins, Director of Laboratory Services, Phibro Ethanol
  • Dawn Lima, Associate VP - Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technologies, Foss & Company
    Optimizing Carbon Capture Tax Credit Transactions
  • Donna Funk, Principal, Pinion
    Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – Tax Credit Alphabet Soup
  • Robert Coon, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP
    The Alphabet Soup Of Section 45 (45Q, 45Z, Etc.)
  • Ben Nelson, Director of Carbon Programs, Summit Carbon Solutions
    Financing CCS And Tax Credit Monetization
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Towards More Corn Oil Captured per Bushel Processed
Room 201 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Raquel Rinke, Biofuels Subject Matter Expert, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Jaclyn DeMartini, Applications Research Group Leader, IFF
    Increasing Corn Oil Yields Through Biotechnology
  • Anne Chronic, Director of Market Analytics, Phibro Ethanol
    Corn Oil Optimization: Product Application and Data Analytics in Action
  • Tara Vigil, Vice President of Bioprocess Solutions, Trucent
    Redefining Distillers Corn Oil - TruDCO™
  • Aaron Williamson, Process Integration Specialist, ICM, Inc.
    Maximizing Corn Oil Yield at Your Biorefinery
Biodiesel Summit: SAF & Renewable Diesel

Reviewing the Dynamics and Trajectories of Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Markets
Room 202 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Matt Merritt, Director Of Public Relations, Paulsen
  • Nicolle Castro, Managing Editor, Americas Biofuels and Sugar, S&P Global Platts
    Market Dynamics Driving the Renewable Diesel Market
  • Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI (Com'l Aviation Alt. Fuels Init)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Progress Update
  • Ben Simon, Technology Manager, Department of Environment & Energy
    The DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Approach to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at 1st Generation Ethanol Facilities in Support of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge
2:40 pm Babcock & Wilcox Presentation
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
3:20 pm Renewable Fuels SME, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions Strategies to Improve the CI Pathway for Producing Renewable Fuels
Presentation by Delbert Grotewold, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Halls BC
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Conquering the Fermentation Challenges that Hamper Plant Yield
Room 215/216 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: James Jirak, Manager, Pinion
  • Matt Bilski, Lead Chemist, Ecolab, Inc.
    Fermentation - Similarities and Differences
  • Lindsey Mathiesen, Technical Service Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Keys to Successful Fermentation Management
  • Stephanie Gleason, Director, Global Technology, Phibro Ethanol
    Stuck or Sluggish Fermentations: Identifying the Cause and Mitigating the Impact
    FEW Podcast Interview
  • Michael Hora, Principal Engineer, Fluid Quip
    Cleaning Up Fine Fiber and Protein Released During Fermentation
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

Unlocking the Increased Ethanol and Co-Product Throughput Found at the Nexus of Captured Operational Data and Plant Control
Ballroom A - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Connie Lindstrom, Senior Biofuels Analyst, Christianson & Associates, PLLP
  • Matthew Ban, Director of Technical Services, CTE Global, Inc.
    Creating Practical Tools to Troubleshoot and Optimize Fermentation Using Advanced Statistics
  • Jonathon Speed, Director of Product and Applications, Keit Industrial Applications
    Going Beyond the HPLC - What Real-Time Measurement of Chemical Concentrations Allows the Plant To Optimize
    FEW Podcast Interview
  • Adam Hopkins, Spectroscopy Product Manager, Metrohm USA
    Next Generation NIR Analyzer for Process Control
  • Hank Brittain, Director of Optimization & Advanced Control, OpX Control, Inc.
    Coordinating Level Control in an Ethanol Plant Corn Oil Extraction System
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Ready to Launch: Reviewing CCS Project Development Fundamentals as the Industry Prepares to Transition from Planning to Construction
Room 213/214 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Jon Cartlidge, Commercial Sales Director, Battelle
  • James Fann, Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Affairs, The International CCS Knowledge Centre
    Bringing CCS Projects To Life – The Critical Role Of Collaboration And Applying Lessons From The Past
  • John Hamling, Assistant Vice President: Strategic Partnerships, EERC
    Implementing the First Incentive-Driven CCS Projects
  • Andrew Duguid, Vice President, Advanced Resources International
    How to Develop a Successful CO2 Storage Project
  • Aaron Eldridge, South Dakota Project Manager, Summit Carbon Solutions
    CO2 Pipeline Design, Construction, and Operations
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Next Level Diversification: Technologies that Enable Producers to Think Beyond Ethanol’s Traditional Product Mix
Room 201 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Asfia Qureshi, Applications, Innovation and Quality Control – Bioenergy, BASF Enzymes
  • Pete Moss, President, Cereal Process Technologies, LLC
    Corn Dry Fractionation – The Resurgence Of Diversification And Carbon Intensity Reduction
  • Monty McCoy, Director of Process Technology, Kurita America
    Purifying Fuel Ethanol for Industrial Ethanol and Feedstock Application
  • Roji Philip, Director of Protein Technologies, Fluid Quip
    Protein Separation Innovation; The Latest Advances In Protein Separation Technologies
  • Larry Tree, Co-Founder, CEO, and Board Member, Proteum Energy, LLC
    Profitable Clean Hydrogen Partnerships with Ethanol Producers
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Leveraging Captured Data to Improve Fermentation, Throughput and Plant Profitability
Room 202 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Kisha Kruse, Senior Scientist, Novozymes
  • Anne Chronic, Director of Market Analytics, Phibro Ethanol
    Becoming a Data Preparation Expert: Tools to Automate and Standardize Data Preparation
  • Alex Sexton, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Effective Data Analysis Tools You Can Use
  • Carson Merkwan, Business Development Manager, Direct Companies
    What You Can Do with Data
  • Taylor Pellerin, Technical Service Account Manager, IFF
    XCELIS® AI: Accelerating Adoption of AI tools in the Fuel Ethanol Industry
    FEW Podcast Interview
4:00 pm Beyond Presentation
Presentation by Scott Frappier, Beyond
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
5:00 pm Keit Industrial Analytics Presentation
Presentation by Jonathan Speed, Keit Industrial Analytics
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Exhibit Halls BC
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Wednesday, June 14

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo
Exhibit Halls BC
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7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Halls BC
8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Strategies for Establishing and Maintaining Optimal Yeast Health in Plant Fermenters
Room 215/216 - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Katie Schroeder, Staff Writer, BBI International
  • Steve Westra, Field Service Manager, Phibro Ethanol
    Robustness Wanted: Powering Through Process Variability and Plant Upsets
  • Tara Naman, Laboratory Manager, CTE Global, Inc.
    Using Automated Cell Counting Technology To Optimize Yeast Health And Fermentation Performance
  • Jim Miers, Nutrient Category Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    How Can Nutrients Bring Synergistic Value to your Facility
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

Water Management Concepts that Promise to Deliver Both Economic and Environmental Benefits
Ballroom A - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Tim Portz, Program Manager, BBI International
  • Harrison Fowler, Engineer - Softening Technologies, Veolia Water Technologies
    Tough-to-Treat Water in Your Plant? An Innovative Co-Product and Alternative to Cold-Lime Softening
  • Erica Pann, Senior Project Manager, Antea Group
    Water Stewardship for the Renewable Fuel Industry: Global Perspectives, Local Impacts
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Eyeing the Strategies and Technologies Enabling the Safest and Most Efficient Sequestration of Captured CO2 Streams
Room 213/214 - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson & Associates, PLLP
  • Evan MacDonald, Senior Geologist, Enverus
    Quantifying Risk for Sequestration Success – A Look At Potential CO2 Storage Hazards and Complications in Southern Louisiana
  • Kacey Garber, Project Professional, SCS Engineers
    Applications of Solution Storage Efficiency via Multiphase Flow Modeling to Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Scoping
  • Binbin Guo, Strategic Technology Manager, The Lubrizol Corporation
    Direct Thickening of CO2 for Efficient Underground Carbon Storage
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Strategies for Maximizing the Value of Oil and Feed Products Found Within Plant Stillage Streams
Room 201 - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Brian Hoskins, Product Manager, Bioenergy, BASF Enzymes
    • Matt Durler, Vice President of Feed Development, ICM, Inc.
      Adding Value Beyond Bulk Density in the Carbon Economy
    • Sam Cebula, Sales & Marketing Manager, Pneumat Systems, Inc.
      DDG Handling & Transport: Solid Solutions for a Problematic Product
    • Rohan Pingale, Deputy Manager - Business Development South America, PRAJ Industries Limited
      Value Maximization options for Whole Stillage
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

How Ethanol Producers Can Build-In Reduced Carbon Intensity Production to their Operational Plans
Room 202 - (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Read Description
Moderator: Kristy Moore, Principal Scientist, KMoore Consulting LLC
  • Bill Schafer, CEO, Energy Integration, Inc.
    Integrating Technologies
  • Neal Jakel, President, Fluid Quip
    CI Reduction through Engineering
  • Dawn Kopecky, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Barr Engineering Co.
    Exergy Analysis for Ethanol Production
  • Adam Anderson, Director of Sales, ICM, Inc.
    Carbon Impact Value of Technology Installation
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Halls BC
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5:00 pm Understanding and Using Your Water/Deposit Analyses
Presentation by Paul Young, Kurita Water Industries
Innovation Stage - Exhibit Halls BC
10:30 am - Noon Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Why Net Zero is the Ethanol Industry’s New Target and the Technologies Available to Producers Ready to Take Aim
Room 215/216 - (10:30 am - Noon)

Read Description
Moderator: Matt Herman, Senior Director Renewable Products Marketing, Iowa Soybean Association
  • Jessica Buckley, Project Manager, RTP Environmental Associates, Inc.
    TO INFINITY AND BEYOND: How Diversifying Operations Can Help Facilities Achieve Market Sustainability and Net Zero Goals
  • Virginia Andrade, Process Engineering Manager, Whitefox Technologies Limited
    The Essential Role That Membranes Play In The Pursuit Of Net Zero Goals In The Biofuels Industry
    FEW Podcast Interview
  • Todd Krieger, Senior Lead LCA Scientist, IFF
    Towards a Sustainable Future: Metrics and Models for Measuring Corporate Sustainability and the Role of Enzymes
  • Jeremy Keller, Director of Project Development, Rondo Energy, Inc.
    Zero-Carbon Steam + CCS for Zero-Carbon Ethanol
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

How Technology is Changing the Game for Staffing Levels, Enabling Remote Plant Control and Increasing Overall Staff Productivity
Ballroom A - (10:30 am - Noon)

Read Description
Moderator: Jonathan Speed, Director of Product and Applications, Keit Industrial Applications
  • Jason Pennington, Director of Digital Solutions, Endress+Hauser
    Empowering the Mobile Worker
  • Tyler Peterson, Business Development Lead, Digital Transformation, Novaspect, Inc.
    Optimizing Plant Communication and Workflow - Digital Transformation with Immediate ROI
  • Carson Merkwan Business Development Manager, Direct Companies
    The Workerless Plant
  • Matt Schneyer, Process Engineer Team Lead, Fluid Quip
    Automation Strategies for Today and Tomorrow
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Dotted “I’s” and Crossed “T’s”: Contract and Reporting Considerations for CCS Project Developers
Room 213/214 - (10:30 am - Noon)

Read Description
Moderator: Mercy Renteria, Nat'l Business Development Mger - Energy - Strategic Business, Endress+Hauser
  • Vanessa Silke, Partner, Baird Holm LLP
    Carbon Capture Projects and Environmental Permitting
  • Kari Buttenhoff, Partner, Christianson PLLP
    CCS: Learning to Swim in the Deep End: Navigating CARB Requirements
  • David Bracht, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP
    Key contract terms in CO2 Contracts
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Why the Corn Ethanol Fleet is a Great Platform from Which to Build Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production
Room 201 - (10:30 am - Noon)

Read Description
Moderator: Donna Funk, Principal, Pinion
  • Scott Kohl, Chief Technology Officer, Visionary Fiber Technologies
    Opportunity For DCO In SAF/RD Markets – Market Growth Projections
  • Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer, SAFFIRE
    Alcohol to Jet: The One Billion Gal/Year Opportunity for the U.S. Ethanol Industry Available Now!
  • Chuck Gallop, Director of Innovation, ICM, Inc.
    Evolving with the Industry: Purifying Distillers Corn Oil to Spec for Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Feedstock
  • Radu Craciun, Technology Manager Hydrogenation and Specialty Catalysts- Americas, BASF Enzymes
    New Catalyst Geometry Poised To Re-Shape Ethanol-To-Ethylene Conversion
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Attracting, Training and Retaining a Highly Productive Production Team
Room 202 - (10:30 am - Noon)

Read Description
Moderator: Asfia Qureshi, Applications, Innovation and Quality Control – Bioenergy, BASF Enzymes
  • Ron Faciane, Director, GP Strategies Corporation
    Enhancing Operational Excellence through Effective Upskilling
  • Janet Fisher, Enzyme Product Category Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/ RFA's Young Professionals Network
    Baby Boomers vs Millennials: Insights into Successful Recruitment and Retention of Young Professionals in the US Ethanol Industry
    FEW Podcast Interview
  • Kristen Glasgow, Manager, Pinion
    Revamping Your Culture, Hiring Practices and How Your Current and Future Employees See You
  • Erica Montefusco, Sr VP Risk and Compliance, PROtect, LLC
    Creating Your Own Pipeline of Talent
Noon - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Halls BC
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1:30 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibitor Move-Out
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Next to Godliness: The Economic Argument for the Deployment of Best-in-Class Plant Hygiene Programs
Room 215/216 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Anne Chronic, Director of Market Analytics, Phibro Ethanol
  • Caleb Ogden, Senior Technical Account Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Importance of Hygiene Monitoring and Auditing for Optimum Fermentation Performance
  • Andrew Hawkins, Director of Laboratory Services, Phibro Ethanol
    15 Years of Learnings on Ethanol Process Contamination
  • Mitch Manstedt, Strategic Business Leader, Kurita America
    Reducing Energy Costs thru Cleaning and Maintenance of your Water Treatment Systems
  • Chris Wilkins, Sales Manager, Anderson Chemical Co.
    Reducing CIP Costs at an Ethanol Production Facility
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

Bringing Technology to Bear on Emissions Monitoring and Control
Ballroom A - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, BBI International
  • Monty McCoy, Director of Process Technology, Kurita America
    Air Emissions Compliance Cost Management
  • Erica Montefusco, Sr VP Risk and Compliance, PROtect, LLC
    SHIELD Your Operational KPIs
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Down Below: The Science of Understanding the Readiness of Geologic Formations to Receive Carbon Dioxide Streams
Room 213/214 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Read Description
Moderator: Evan Zeller, Commercial Development Director, Battelle
  • Zach Freund, Reservoir Engineer, ARI
    Why CCS Projects Need Subsurface CO2 Modeling And How It Leads To Successful Projects
  • James Nutaitis, Carbon Consultant, EcoEngineers
    Using a Geological Assessment to determine the Viability of Carbon Capture and Storage for Ethanol Producers
  • Joseph Mello, Vice President, Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. (NSAI)
    Subsurface Uncertainty in CCS Investment Decisions
  • Stephanie Cook, Manager, Carbon Storage, Navigator CO2
    Carbon Storage in Geological Formations: Science, Technology, and Workflow
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

Deploying Onsite Heat and Power Production to Trim Costs, Improve Production Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Intensity
Room 201 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

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Moderator: McCord Pankonen, Director, Ethanol & Biodiesel Services, EcoEngineers
  • John Oyen, Business Development Manager, ABB, Inc.
    Managing Renewable Power for Optimum Performance
  • Jordan Kearns, Vice President of Project Development, Antora Energy
    45Z Clean Fuel Production Credit and the Decarbonization Opportunity of Electrifying Plant Thermal Loads
  • Kasper Larsen, CEO, EnerDry
    Steam Drying of Distillers Grain – Eliminate Gas Consumption and CO2 Emissions from Drying Process
  • Kevin Jensen, Account Manager, Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Flexing CHP to Take Advantage of a Rapidly Changing Electrical Market
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Tracing the Interplay between Board Stewardship, Profitability and Plant Valuation
Room 202 - (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

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Moderator: Richard Weiner, Vice President, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Kathryn Mueller, Manager, Christianson PLLP
    Financial Literacy: Understanding the Financial Statements
  • James Jirak, Manager, Pinion
    Working Together As A Board, During The Good (Easy) Times As Well As The More Difficult Times
  • Mark Pomykacz, Managing Partner, Federal Appraisal, LLC
    Creating and Measuring Value – The Ethanol Plant
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Tracks
Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Enzyme Strategies to Optimize Yeast Performance, Decrease Byproduct Formation and Increase Fermentation Throughput
Room 215/216 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

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Moderator: Katie Schroeder, Staff Writer, BBI International
  • Pedro Pena, VP of Technology and Innovation, CTE Global, Inc.
    Synchronizing Enzyme and Yeast Biotechnology to Finetune Plant Performance from Start To Finish
  • Aafke Van Aalst, PhD Candidate, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology,
    Minimizing Byproduct Formation at Sub-Maximal Growth Rates by Engineered Low-Glycerol S. Cerevisiae Strains Expressing Heterologous Genes Encoding Calvin-Cycle Enzymes
  • Kyle Abbott, Application Associate, IFF
    Use of Phytase Enzymes in The Liquefaction Process
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

Enlisting Best-in-Class Instrumentation and Software into Your Preventative Maintenance Plan
Ballroom A - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

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Moderator: Denys Pchelintsev, VP of Engineering, Universal Fuel Technologies
  • Shawn Anderson, President / Chief Engineer, API Solutions, LLC
    Valve Leakage Inspection using Acoustic Emission
  • Scott Frappier, Chief Software Architect, Stoneridge Software
    Tackling the Biggest Challenges in Maintenance with Software Automation
  • Lara Rabbath, Refining & Sustainability Marketing Manager, Emerson
    Essential Corrosion Monitoring for Biofuel Production
  • Keith Riley, Product Marketing Manager of Level + Pressure, Endress+Hauser
    Taking the Pulse of Your Measurement
Carbon Capture & Storage Summit

Exploring the Best Design Packages Emerging for Carbon Capture and Storage Operations
Room 213/214 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

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Moderator: Jon Cartlidge, Commercial Sales Director, Battelle
  • John Oyen, Business Development Manager, ABB, Inc.
    The Design and Operational model for full CCS facilities
  • Mercy Renteria, Nat'l Business Development Mger - Energy - Strategic Business, Endress+Hauser
    Optimal Technology for Carbon Capture
  • Shane Hughes, Senior Sales Manager, Toshiba America Energy Systems Corp
    Mikawa Post Combustion Capture Pilot Plant – Amine Solvent
  • Andrew Sexton, Senior Engineer, Trimeric Coporation
    CO2 Surface Facilities Process Evaluation and Design
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Strategies Available to Producers Now to Unlock the Potential for Cellulosic Ethanol Production in their Operations
Room 201 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

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Moderator: Jim Ramm, Vice President, Client Services, EcoEngineers
  • Melita Kyriakou, Senior Consultant, Christianson PLLP
    All Signs Point to Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Adam Vaughn, Technical Manager, CTE Global, Inc.
    The Use Of A Hemicellulase To Unlock Corn Kernel Fiber, Gaining Access To Bound Starch And Releasing Additional Corn Oil
  • Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer, D3MAX
    Corn Starch, Fiber, and Stover: Diversify Your Feedstock and Your Product Portfolio
  • Yanhong Zhang, Director of Research, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    Contribution to D3 RINs Application with in situ Fermentation - Review of the NREL Cellulose Method and the NCERC Package
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

The Number One Priority: Safety Considerations to Keep Plant Personnel Out of Harms Way
Room 202 - (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

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Moderator: Kristy Moore, Principal Scientist, KMoore Consulting LLC
  • Jason Simons, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, Merjent, Inc.
    Planning and Conducting EHS Audits: The Added Value to Building a Strong EHS Culture
  • Richard Puig, Product Manager - Americas, Newson Gale, Inc.
    Hazardous Area Static Control When Loading and Unloading Ethanol
  • Scott Allen, VP Business Development, Renewable Fuels, PROtect, LLC
    Operations Training and Risk Control
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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