Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM CDT
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University Enterprise Labs
1000 Westgate Drive
Room 251 (West Entrance)
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Driving Directions 


Nan Larson 
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute 
218-281-7600 x137 

You're Invited to the

MN Renewable Energy Roundtable 
March 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join AURI in an event dedicated to
Renewable Chemicals

With Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Toby Ahrens
National Program Leader 
Agricultural Bioproducts, National Institute of Food and Agriculture 
United States Department of Agriculture


Registration, refreshments and networking

Welcome and overview

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Toby Ahrens, National Program Leader, NIFA-USDA “Opportunities with NIFA”

Sun Grant Panel
Moderator:  Dr. Vance Owens, Regional Director, North Central Regional Sun Grant Ctr., SDSU “Sun Grant Funding for Renewable Chemicals"
Dr. Gregg Johnson, Associate Professor, Dept. of Agronomy & Plant Genetics, Biomass Cropping Systems, Southern Research and Outreach Center-Waseca, University of Minnesota “Feedstock Development for Renewable Chemicals and Other Bioenergy
Dr. Goutham Vemuri, Chief Technologist, Sasya LLC "Developing Renewable Chemicals from Crop Residues from Biomass Sugars
Dr. Qi Hua Fan, Associate Professor, Depts. of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University “Energy Storage Options Using Renewable products

Networking Break

Bioeconomy Panel
Moderator:  Rod Larkins, Senior Director of Science and Technology, AURI
Brendan Jordan,
Vice President, Great Plains Institute, Lead Staff for Bioeconomy Coalition of MN
Dr. Eric Singsaas, Initiative Director-Wood Products and Bioeconomy, NRRI and Entrepreneur


Highlight:  Entrepreneur in Renewable Chemicals
Dr. Goutham Vemuri
, Vice President of Technology Development, Aemetis Inc.

Financing and Technology Support Panel
Moderator:  Michael Sparby, Senior Project Strategist, AURI
Kevin Hennessy
, Bioenergy Manager, Ag Marketing and Development Division, MN Department of Agriculture
Pat Dillon, Director, MN-SBIR, Minnesota Innovation and Commercialization Consortium; Minnesota High Tech Association

Table Discussion

Wrap Up