Presentation descriptions and speaker biographies: A-C | D-H | I-M | N-W
Presentation descriptions and speaker biographies (A-C)
Fabrizio Adani, University of Milan
Fabrizio Adani, a Professor of Soil Chemistry and of Use and Recycling of Biomasses, leads DiProVe (Department of Vegetable Production) at the University of Milan, Italy. His research is focused on soil and environmental chemistry, biomass recycling and renewable energy production. Dr. Adani has 170 published papers.
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.
Ron Alexander is a horticulturist with over 27 years of experience working with compost and other organic recycled products, including digester by-products. He is the President of R. Alexander Associates, Inc., a consulting company specializing in product and market development for organic recycled products. He has completed over 400 related projects since becoming a consultant, has been responsible for the distribution of millions of tons of organic recycled products and is author of the The Practical Guide to Compost Marketing and Sales (second edition published by BioCycle).
Christie Allen is the International Sales and Business Development Manager for SUMA GmbH and SUMA America Inc., a biogas mixer and agitation manufacturer. She has over 15 years of experience in international sales with software, hardware and technology providers for Fortune 500 companies. In 2009, she moved to Germany and began teaching English to local companies while learning the German language. She was asked by the Wildpoldsried Village Council to provides tours in English, which inspired the article in BioCycle (August 2011). Ms. Allen holds a B.A. in Sociology and Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa.
Peter Anderson, RecycleWorlds Consulting
Peter Anderson is President of RecycleWorlds Consulting, Executive Director of the Center for a Competitive Waste Industry, Project Director for the multi-state Plastic Redesign Project, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Department of Applied Economics on recycling systems and chairperson of the National Recycling Coalition Landfill Subcommittee. Previously, he has operated a buyback and processing center. He received his BS in economics from Cornell University and his MS in solid waste planning and industrial organization of the solid waste industry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Paolo Baragetti is President of Deep Blue NRG, an engineering consulting company that offers services in the renewable energy sector. He has previously held a number of management positions in Technology and Business development at Enbridge and IBM/Celestica, and was on the board of the Natural Gas Technology Center in Montreal and on the Gas Technology Institute in Chicago. Most recently, he has spearheaded a biogas to biomethane report for North American utilities to set injection standards. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.
Jerry Bingold is Director of Renewable Energy for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. He is responsible for analyzing and communicating information to strategically develop national market analysis and business modeling while coordinating industry volunteers and providing overall project support. Jerry has experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and power contracts with rural electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and large commercial and agricultural companies. He has a B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon.
Secretary Ben Brancel, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Ben Brancel was appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) by Governor Scott Walker in January. Mr. Brancel previously served as the DATCP Secretary under Governor Tommy G. Thompson from 1997-2001, after which he was appointed Wisconsin state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency. He has a degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and managed his family's dairy operation for 22 years. Secretary Brancel now raises registered Angus beef cattle. He served in the Wisconsin Assembly for 11 years and most recently served as the state relations liaison for UW-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, where he helped support the Wisconsin Agricultural Research Stations.
Eric Camirand, Electrigaz Technologies Inc.
Eric Camirand, President of Electrigaz Technologies Inc., has been active in the renewable energy sector for over five years. He founded Electrigaz Technologies in 2005, a firm specializing in the study, design and realization of biogas energy systems. Electrigaz provides biogas studies and project development services to clients such as food processors, farmers, waste management companies, government agencies and municipalities. Mr. Camirand holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montréal.
Mike Casper, Homeland Biogas Energy LLC
Mike Casper has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry. During the past eight years, he has managed the development, start-up, commissioning and operation of renewable energy digester facilities. His past experience includes work as a development manager, consultant and project engineer in the power industry. Mr. Casper is currently employed by Homeland Biogas Energy as Vice President of Project Development. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the UW–Platteville and an MBA from DePaul University.
Caroline Chappell, BIOFerm Energy Systems
Caroline Chappell is an Application Engineer at BIOFerm Energy Systems, a technology provider for anaerobic digestion systems. She received her B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from University of Michigan. She is an active member of the American Biogas Council's Education and Outreach Committee. BIOFerm is part of the Viessmann Group, a manufacturer that has long been active in the renewable energy sector, including biogas plants.
Alessandro Chiumenti, University of Udine, Italy
Alessandro Chiumenti, PhD, is a researcher in Agricultural Mechanization at the University of Udine, Italy. He received his doctorate from the University of Padua in Italy. He has conducted a wide variety of basic and applied research on various aspects of solid and liquid waste treatment, primarily in the area of farm residues. Treatment processes include anaerobic digestion of swine and cattle manure, composting of similar residues and advanced wastewater treatment of liquid residues including reverse osmosis.
Allison Costa, US EPA AgSTAR
Allison Costa works across the U.S. and internationally to provide outreach and technical assistance related to anaerobic digestion of livestock and agro-industrial wastes through EPA's AgSTAR program and Global Methane Initiative. She is responsible for outreach in the northern and eastern regions of the US, as well as maintaining the website and FarmWare programs. She is also involved in the development of technical guidance related to AD and for performance evaluation of AD systems. Allison holds a BS in Biology and Politics from Wake Forest University and an MS in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.