Rebecca Larson | https://bse.wisc.edu/staff/larson-rebecca/
Peter Wright | https://cals.cornell.edu/peter-wright
Horacio Aguirre-Villegas | https://bse.wisc.edu/staff/aguirre-villegas-horacio/
Dr. Horacio Aguirre-Villegas is a scientist at the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research lies at the intersection of climate change, energy, waste management, and food production. He has extensive experience evaluating renewable energy systems and integrating waste-to-energy technologies to increase environmental sustainability. Over the last ten years, he has worked closely quantifying the environmental impacts of conventional and organic dairy systems including greenhouse gas emissions, ammonia emissions, resource use, and nutrients fate. He is interested in evaluating different manure management practices and technologies that can be implemented in small and permitted facilities to reduce these impacts. Dr. Aguirre-Villegas received his doctorate in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Victor Zavala | https://energy.wisc.edu/about/energy-experts/victor-m-zavala
Victor Zavala is a Baldovin-DaPra Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Victor Zavala’s research group specializes in the formulation of optimization and statistical models for control, estimation, and system design, and in the development of computational techniques to solve such models on high-performance computers. Applications of interest include infrastructure systems, energy systems, agricultural systems, supply chains, materials, and chemical production facilities.
Michel Wattiaux |https://andysci.wisc.edu/directory/michel-wattiaux/
Dr. Michel Wattiaux was very involved in the daily work of the family dairy farm where he grew up in Belgium. The thirst for knowledge to better manage the farm was a powerful motivator as he became a first-generation College student. In 1985 Michel came to UW-Madison and earned a Ph.D. in Dairy Science.
Michel began to work with the “Babcock Institute for International Research and Development” at the University of Wisconsin, Madison shortly after its inception in 1992. While at the Institute, he authored four dairy management-related books in a series of “Technical Dairy Guides” and 35 “Dairy Essentials”, which have been translated in six languages (Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, and Turkish) and have been distributed in more than 80 countries.
As a full Professor, Michel has continued to expand the boundaries of his scholarship as he challenged himself to research and teach new courses that delve not only on the technological aspects of farming but also into the environmental and social dimensions of agriculture and food systems. Since March 2019, Michel has served as interim Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). The center was established in 1989 to address issues in sustainable agriculture and food systems using participatory action research methods, strong community engagement, and interdisciplinary faculty collaboration.
Mahmoud Sharara | https://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/sharara/
Amy Schmidt | https://engineering.unl.edu/bse/faculty/amy-schmidt/
Joe Harrison | https://ansci.wsu.edu/people/faculty/joe-harrison/
projects across the country. DTE’s current portfolio includes 7 dairy based RNG facilities, 4 landfill based RNG projects, and 12 landfill based electric generation projects. Kevin’s responsibilities include identifying prospects, evaluating economic and technical feasibility, proposal development, contract negotiations, and scheduling and implementation activities. Prior to DTE, Kevin worked in Ford Motor Company’s Corporate Business Development group focused on mergers and acquisitions within the auto industry. He received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2003.
Nick is the Program Manager for the EPA AgSTAR Program and serves as the Agriculture Lead with the Global Methane Initiative. In his role as Program Manager for AgSTAR, Nick works with the U.S. livestock industry, state and federal agencies, and biogas industry stakeholders to advance the deployment of biogas systems. While supporting the Global Methane Initiative, Nick helps advance anaerobic digestion of organic feedstocks globally for methane mitigation and energy production. Nick has over six years’ environmental management experience in government, private consulting, and non-profits. He graduated from the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management and is currently a Master of Business candidate at the George Washington University.
Robert holds a PhD. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.A. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College. He is a serial entrepreneur with over ten years of experience in the animal feed, renewable energy, and waste-to-energy spaces. Before leading the team at Digested Organics he co-founded and later sold an animal feed biotech business producing immune-promoting ingredients from algae.