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Panel Presentations 2013

 

 Transforming Traditional
    Energy Technologies


Richard Axelbaum
Carlos Castano
Dianna Tickner

     

Transformational Renewable
      Eneregy Technologies


Rick Hunter
Lucas Oehlerking
John Bothof
 
Steve Murphy

     

Developing Novel Combined 
      Energy Technologies


Joseph Hartvigsen
George Stegemeier
Andrew West
Greg Gelles

 

Transforming Traditional Energy Technologies
Thursday, April 4, 2013
10:45A.M. – 11:30A.M.

Richard Axelbaum, Ph.D.
Director
Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization
Washington University
                   
Presentation


Biography:

Professor Axelbaum is the Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science in the Department of
Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). He has
over 65 peer-reviewed publications and holds four patents.  Prior to joining WUSTL in 1990 he was a
research associate and lecturer at Princeton University. He has worked for General Electric and Barry-
Wehmiller, and in 2006 was a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

Professor Axelbaum is presently the Director of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization at Washington
University. He was the associate director of the Center for Materials Innovation from 2005 to 2008, and
was chairman and chief scientific advisor for AP Materials, Inc., a nanotech startup company he founded in
1998, until its acquisition in 2007 by Cabot Corporation.

Professor Axelbaum studies combustion phenomena, ranging from oxy-coal combustion to flame synthesis
of nanotubes. His studies of fossil fuel combustion focus on understanding the formation of pollutants, such
as soot, and then using this understanding to develop novel approaches to eliminating them. Recently, his
efforts have been focused on addressing global concerns over carbon dioxide emissions by developing
approaches to carbon capture and storage (CCS). Axelbaum’s material synthesis research has yielded
methods of producing stable metal nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes in flames. His present
research in materials synthesis is directed towards producing next-generation battery materials for electric
vehicles. Professor Axelbaum also performs research on hydrogen fire safety and combustion in
microgravity, and is principal investigator of a combustion experiment that is being prepared for the
International Space Station.

 

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Carlos Castano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mining & Nuclear Engr
Missouri S&T
                   
Presentation

Biography:

Dr. Castano obtained his PhD and MS degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana
Champaign. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National University |of Colombia with a minor in
electrochemistry. He has interned at Oak Ridge National Lab in the area of plasma material interactions for nuclear
fusion devices. He has studied hydrogen in metals, plasma material interactions for both nuclear fusion and the
semiconductor industry. Dr. Castano’s areas of research include nuclear materials, shielding materials, simulation
of nuclear systems, and novel techniques for nanoparticle production. Dr Castano has published 2 book chapters
and 14 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Nuclear
Society.

 

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Dianna Tickner
Vice President - Early Stage Project Development
Peabody Energy Corporation
                     
Presentation

Biography:

Dianna Tickner is the Vice President – Early Stage Project Development, Peabody Energy, St. Louis, Mo.,
August 2010 - present.  She is responsible for development of early stage mines, Btu conversion and port projects.
She is currently developing major port facility in Washington State, coal drying and briquetting technology
deployment in Wyoming as well as three new major coal mine projects in Xinjiang, China. Dianna has due
diligence for projects in Australia, Indonesia and Mongolia. She is responsible for implementation of SAP Project and
Prolog project management software as well as project management policies and procedures. She is an expert in mine and
air permitting, EIS/EIA preparation, mine feasibility studies.

Dianna's past positions include: Vice President – Generation and Btu Development, Peabody Energy, St. Louis, Mo., May 2006
–August 2010. Instrumental in design and permitting of proposed $5 billion coal to substitute natural gas plant to be
constructed in Kentucky; Vice President – Generation Development, Peabody Energy, May 2001 – May 2006. Developer of
$5 Billion Prairie State Generating facility which became commercial year end 2012; President, Peabody COALTRADE, Inc.,
St. Louis, Mo., November 1999 – May 2001. Grew COALTRADE into international business setting up first overseas trading
platform in Australia; Senior Vice President – Midwest/Southwest Sales, Peabody COALSALES Company, St. Louis, Mo.,
1998 – 1999; Vice President – Contract Management and Marketing Services, 1997 – 1998; Vice President –Contract
Management and Planning, 1996 – 1997; Vice President – Contract Administration & Planning, Montana Power Co./Western
Energy  Montana. 1995 – 1996; Responsible for 16.0 MTPY surface coal mine P&L, engineering, mine reclamation, lands/leasing,
sales and contract administration, Manager – Contract & Business Administration, 1993 – 1995; Director – Contract
Administration, 1989 –1992; Senior Mining Engineer, 1987 – 1989. Mining Engineer, Jewett, Tex., 1985 – 1987; Civil Engineering
Designer, City of Lakewood, Lakewood, Colo., 1984 –1985; Mining Engineer, ACZ, Inc., Steamboat Springs, Colo., 1982 – 1984;
Staff Project Engineer, Phillips Coal Company, Richardson, Tex., 1981 –1982; Mining Engineer, Reynolds Aluminum, Bauxite, Ark.,
Jamaica, Brazil 1979 – 1981;                                

Dianna's education includes: University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology), B.S.  Mining
Engineering, 1979; University of Montana, Missoula, Master of Business Administration, 1992; Beta Gamma Sigma Business
Honor Society; Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, The Executive Program, 1995; Registered Professional
Engineer; and Certified Surface Mine Foreman-Montana.

                                  

Dianna's activities include:  School of Mines and Metallurgy Alumni Academy elected 2002; Missouri University of Science and
Technology Engineering Advisory Board; 2003 MSM-UMR Alumni Achievement Award;  University of Montana Outstanding Early
Career Alumna Award 2008; 2006 St. Louis Business Journal Most Influential Business Women Award; 2011 Missouri University
of Science & Technology Alumna of the Year Gold Medal

 


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Transformational Renewable Energy Technologies
Thursday, April 4, 2013
2:30P.M. – 4:00P.M.



‌‌Rick Hunter
CEO
Microgrid Solar
                   
Presentation

Biography:

Building on a 15-year background in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable construction, Rick
co-founded Clayton-based Microgrid Solar with a vision of providing turnkey Solar and Energy Efficiency services
to a commercial and residential client base.  Microgrid is now considered a leading company in the Midwest for
clean energy services. Prior to founding Microgrid, Rick was co-founder of the St. Louis office of Energy &
Environmental Solutions, a national firm with a focus on LEED consulting and was co-owner in The Sage Companies,
a leading green builder in the St. Louis area.

Rick takes an active role in various local organizations with a focus on sustainability and has served on the Board
of Directors for the Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI), the Missouri Solar Industries Association (MOSEIA), the
Gateway Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Sustainable St. Louis, and other organizations.

In 2012, Rick was designated to the Who’s Who in Energy in the Midwest by the St. Louis Business Journal. And in
2013, Rick was named to the “40 Under 40” by the St. Louis Business Journal.

 

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Lucas Oehlerking
Renewable Energy Consultant
Black & Veatch Energy
                   
Presentation

Biography:                                                  

Lucas J. Oehlerking is a Renewable Energy Consultant in the Renewable Energy business line within Black & Veatch's global
energy business. He is a subject matter expert in energy storage and has been involved in a wide range of energy storage
projects and studies. Mr. Oehlerking's project experience includes energy storage system design, energy storage technology
summaries and reviews, as well as energy storage modeling program development. He is also involved in feasibility studies, due
diligence, planning, and project development support for a variety of solar energy projects, in which he applies his extensive
experience in solar research and development.  Prior to working at Black & Veatch, Mr. Oehlerking worked at Solexant, a Silicon
Valley startup solar company, where he developed third generation nanomaterial solar cells.  Mr. Oehlerking earned a Bachelor
of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of California, Berkeley where his research focus was solar PV and electrochemistry.

 

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John Bothof
Project Manager
Burns & McDonnell - SPIDERS Design Team
                   
Presentation

 Biography:

John Bothof is a senior electrical engineer and project manager with Burns & McDonnell.  Mr. Bothof has extensive
experience in distributed power generation projects including generators, photovoltaics, and wind power.  Mr. Bothof
has been involved with the implementation of many photovoltaic arrays including some of the largest solar arrays in
the United States.  Along with his experience with renewables Mr. Bothof designed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the SPIDERS
microgrid projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL).  The SPIDERS
microgrids have the objectives of reducing reliance on diesel fuel by using renewables, increasing efficiency of generators
through coordinated operation, reduce operation risk by use of strong cyber security, and to selectively energize loads
during extended outages.

Mr. Bothof has a degree in Physics from Northwest Missouri State University and in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

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Steve Murphy
General Manager
POET Biorefining - Laddonia
                   
Presentation

Biography:

Steve Murphy graduated from University of Missouri – Rolla (Missouri S&T) in 1987 with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. 
Steve worked in the urethane and automotive industries for 21 years before transitioning to the ethanol industry with POET
as General Manager of the Laddonia site in 2009.  POET has 27 locations through the Midwest producing 1.6B gallons of corn
ethanol annually.  POET has its first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant under construction in Emmetsburg, IA.   The
Laddonia site started operation in 2006 and produces 60M gallons of ethanol annually along with wet and dry distillers grains,
corn oil, and liquefied carbon dioxide.

 

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Developing Novel Combined Energy Technologies
Friday, April 5, 2013
10:00A.M. – 11:30A.M.


Joseph Hartvigsen
Senior Engineer
Fuel Cell, Hydrogen and Synfuels, Ceramatec, Inc.
                   
Presentation

Biography:

Joseph Hartvigsen is the Senior Engineer for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, Hydrogen and Synfuels Technologies at
Ceramatec, Inc. He is responsible for engineering aspects of the fuel cell, reforming, hydrogen and synthetic
fuels production research projects at Ceramatec, and is Principal Investigator of a number of these programs.
He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He then earned a M.S. in Chemical
Engineering from Iowa State University. His M.S. research was performed at Ames Laboratory, where his
research at the DOE’s Ames Laboratory produced a new process for silicon nitride synthesis. His earlier industrial
experience was in the defense aerospace field, with Hercules Aerospace and the Boeing Defense and Space Group.
Responsibilities there included thermal, fluids, thermodynamic, and mass transfer analysis of solid rocket propulsion,
thermal protection systems for hypersonic aircraft, research on aircraft visual/IR signature reduction (e.g., contrails),
splashdown analysis of manned space vehicles, and analysis of manufacturing processes for advanced materials.
In 1991 Mr. Hartvigsen joined Ceramatec, and was tasked with developing a detailed 3-D SOFC stack model. His
work in energy system engineering has led to more than two dozen patents and several dozen publications
(including 3 book chapters) related to SOFC systems, fuel processing, interconnect, and cell designs. His most
recent research interests are in plasma reforming, fuel cell power electronics, high temperature electrolysis,
co-electrolysis, and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, where his project team at Ceramatec has made major advances.
Joe maintains antique Caterpillar tractors which he is using to raise wheat on 160 acres of his great-grandparents
homestead in Marsh Valley, Idaho. He also has produced hundreds of micro-hydroelectric turbines that are in service
around the world from his home based business. He has served for 9 years on the Governor’s Centers of Excellence
Advisory Council, whose objective is to facilitate commercialization of technologies developed at the major research
universities within the state of Utah.

 

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George L. Stegemeier
Shell Gasmer Technology Center
,
Retired
                     
Presentation

Biography:

George Stegemeier has over 50 years experience in oil exploration and production. He holds degrees in petroleum
engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (B.S., 1952) and from the University of Texas (M.S., 1953), and
(Ph.D., 1959).  At the Shell Bellaire Research Center, he worked as a research engineer on a variety of improved
oil recovery processes, and later became a manager and consultant for fundamental research.  In 1965-1966 he
was named exchange scientist in thermal recovery research at the Shell International Research Laboratorium in
Rijswijk, Holland.  From 1970 to 1974 he worked for Shell Oil, as a reservoir engineer in their West Coast Division,
in Los Angeles.  Stegemeier is the author of over 25 professional society publications, 50+ unpublished Shell reports,
and 90 patents and 88 patents pending.  Some technical subjects of this work are: (1) reservoir test analyses
(including interwell transient pressure testing and tracer testing), (2) exploratory reservoir engineering and
petrophysics, and (3) research and development of oil recovery processes (including caustic flooding, miscible/CO2
flooding, surfactant flooding, hot water flooding, steam drive, and thermal conduction by electric heating).  He
participated in, or directed, over thirty field projects and pilots.  Upon retirement in 1993, he formed GLS Engineering,
Inc. and thereafter has provided consultation and invention for Shell’s TerraTherm technology, an in-situ thermal process
for environmental remediation of soils and subsurface formations, and for Shell's thermal conduction processes for oil
shale and tar sands.  For his contributions to the oil and gas industry and to the environmental industry, he was
elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001, and to the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and
Science in 2004.  In 2006 he was appointed a University of Missouri Distinguished Research Professor. He is a Registered
Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

 

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Andrew West
President
Solutioneur

Biography:

Andrew West has spent the last 10 years seeking solutions to major problems: 1. Clean Energy
and GHG Emissions, 2. Reliable Agriculture Anywhere, 3. Education, 4. Urban Living and
5. Effective Charitable Giving. These are high-value, high-impact solutions that are economically
viable and sustainable.

 

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Greg Gelles, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
Missouri S&T
                   
Presentation

Biography:

Dr. Greg Gelles is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Missouri University of Science and
Technology. Dr. Gelles received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1971, his
M.A. in mathematics from West Virginia University in 1982, and his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia
University in 1989.  From 1983 to 1989, he was an instructor of mathematics at West Virginia University.  Dr.
Gelles came to Missouri S&T as an Assistant Professor in 1989. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995
and achieved the rank of Professor of Economics in 2001. Dr. Gelles was appointed Chair of Economics in 1998
and has served to the present time.

Dr. Gelles has been involved in numerous aspects of international education on behalf of S&T. For the 2003-2004
academic year, Gelles served as Dean of Mazoon College for Management and Applied Sciences, an all-women’s
college in Muscat, Oman. Mazoon College has a partnership with S&T and Dr. Gelles worked to further
Missouri S&T’s intimate involvement in Mazoon College curriculum development and faculty hiring. Dr. Gelles has
also traveled to numerous other countries on educational missions including China, South Korea, and South Africa.
Along with Dr. Lance Haynes, Chair of the Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy, Dr. Gelles lead a study
abroad program this past summer in Capetown, South Africa.

Dr. Gelles has been an active researcher and has published research articles in refereed journals in the areas of
microeconomic theory, cost-benefit analysis, health economics and the law, decision and financial theory under
risk, and mathematical economics. He has co-authored, with several of his colleagues, two textbooks and
workbooks that are presently used by the economic department in its microeconomics and macroeconomics
introductory classes.  Dr. Gelles has assumed many service responsibilities at S&T including President of the
Academic Council. He is advisor to 60 economics majors and 30 economics minors.

Dr. Gelles has two children, Teresa who is 19 and is majoring in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University,
and Aidan who is 16 and an active soccer and tennis player at Rolla High School.

 

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