Dr. Babu Joseph is Professor and former Chair of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at USF. He has more than 30 years experience in Modeling, Simulation, Control and Optimization of chemical process systems. At present is the PI on a project funded by Florida Energy Systems Consortium that focuses on the development of new catalysts for the conversion of biomass derived syngas. This project, which was first initiated as a NASA funded study on FTS catalysts, has resulted in one patent application and numerous technical publications.
Dr. Joseph obtained his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and then joined the DOE funded Aspen team at MIT focused on the development of simulators, particularly for the production of synthetic fuels through gasification and liquefaction. He was also PI on a DOE funded study on the gasification of coal. So he brings significant prior experience in catalyst development, process modeling and simulation to this project.
Dr. Joseph has over 80 publications in refereed journals. He has published 3 books: Wavelet Applications in Chemical Engineering, Edited by R.L. Motard and B. Joseph published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, June,1994; and, Model Based Process Control, with C. Brosilow, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 2002; and Real-time Personal Computing, also published by Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1987. He served as the Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at USF from 2002-2009.
John N. Kuhn Ph.D. is an expert on catalysis. He is the author or coauthor of over 20 papers/reviews including 4 recent invited contributions. Over the past ten years, he has been active in catalysis, alternative fuels, fuel cells, nanotechnology, and environmental research. The most relevant of his work to the current proposal focuses on the development of active and stable catalysts for the reforming of heavy hydrocarbons present in biomass-derived syngas.
Prof. Kuhn is currently leading a research consisting of six graduate students (5 Ph.D. and 1 M.S. seeking students). Funding for a variety projects comes from the National Science Foundation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, Hinkley Energy Systems, King Abdulaziz University, and USF.
Devin Walker is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida in engineering. He has five years experience in biofuel research and development.
Syed Ali Gardezi has seven years of industry experience both as a production and process engineer. He is a PhD student of Chemical Engineering at University of South Florida. Mr Gardezi is engaged in active research on alternate thermochemical and photochemical routes for fuel formation.
Tim Roberge is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida in chemical engineering. His research included integral parts which Trash 2 Cash implements on its technology. He speaks 4 languages. He worked in several industries prior to his career in alternative energy and has a strong financial background.