Dr. Robert C. Brown, is the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering, the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET), and Director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. His research interests include conversion of biorenewable resources into bioenergy and biobased products, combustion, gasification, fast pyrolysis, hydrogen energy, and hydrodynamics and heat transfer in fluidized beds. He has numerous publications and presentations to his credit. Dr. Brown earned PhD and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University. He has bachelor degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Missouri.