Business Briefs

By Staff | July 22, 2013

Professor recognized for biofuel work
Fengqi You, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, received the 2013 Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research. You was selected for the honor due to his proposal to investigate the design and optimization processes and supply chains for advanced drop-in hydrocarbon biofuels. He will receive $100,000 over three years.

Wisconsin construction firm adds superintendent
Construction management firm CG Schmidt Inc. has added Tim Williamson to its Madison, Wis., office as superintendent. Williamson’s responsibilities will include maintaining the overall project schedule, overseeing project quality and safety, and supervising all work on-site. His first project with the firm will be the Springfield Digester, the second  community anaerobic digestion system in Dane County, Wis. Williamson has 11 years of onsite management experience as both a project manager and superintendent.

Engineer wins DuPont award
Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineer, has been awarded with the 2013 DuPont Young Professors Program. He will receive $75,000 over three years to advance progress on his discovery of a process for making biobased plastics and chemicals. Dauenhauer and his team will use inorganic catalysts, such as low-cost zeolites in high-temperature processes for converting wood, grasses and agricultural byproducts into monomers to make plastics and chemicals through rapid, nonbiological methods.

BioPower Operations adds executive
BioPower Operations Corp. has added Marco A Baez-Vasquez to its team as its first chief scientist and chief technology officer. Baez-Vasquez joins the company after having tested and verified for commercial purposes BioPower’s patented technology to convert biomass, farm and organic wastes into class A fertilizer, ethanol and other bio-based products. In his new position, Baez-Vasquez will be responsible for managing technology and technological innovation, transfer and sub-licensing, as well as directing partnerships and collaborations. He has operational  technological management experience gleaned from various positions within the biotechnology, biopharma, life-sciences, chemical, renewable energy, and agrifood research sectors.

European Bioplastics elects board members
The General Assembly of European Bioplastics has elected new board members. Francois de Bie of Purac will serve as the board’s chairman, while Mariagiovanna Vetere of Natureworks and Stefano Facco of Novamont will serve as vice-chairpersons. Additional members of the board include Jürgen Keck of BASF, Peter Brunk of Biotec, Rainer Schweda of Braskem and Johnny Pallot of Roquette.

Grant writer recognized
Sarah Aubrey, principal and owner of Indiana-based Prosperity Consulting LLC has been awarded the Indiana Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award. Prosperity Consulting is a full-service funding opportunities firm that aids corporations, communities and other groups with obtaining funds through the use of government or foundation programs. Aubrey is a certified grant administrator and has written more than 400 successful grants in 38 states. The majority of her clients pursue projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency or energy technologies. Aubrey will also publish a book later this year that outlines her Five-Step Prosperity Process for grant writing for entrepreneurs and business owners.