34th SBFC – Awards

Charles D. Scott Award | Raphael Katzen Award

Congratulations to the 2012 awardees of the Charles D. Scott Award and Raphael Katzen Award.

The Charles D. Scott Award

2012 Awardee: Jens Nielsen

Jens NielsenJens Nielsen has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree (1989) in Biochemical Engineering from the Danish Technical University (DTU), and after that established his independent research group and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. He was Fulbright visiting professor at MIT in 1995-1996. At DTU he founded and directed Center for Microbial Biotechnology. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he is currently directing a research group of more than 50 people and the Life Science Area of Advance, which coordinates over 200 researchers from 5 departments. Jens Nielsen has published so far more than 330 research papers that have been cited more than 9,800 times (current H-factor 50), co-authored more than 40 books and he is inventor of more than 50 patents. He has founded several companies that have raised more than 25 million € in venture capital. He has received numerous Danish and international awards and is member of the Academy of Technical Sciences in Denmark, National Academy of Engineering in USA, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in USA, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg.

About the Charles D. Scott Award

Initiated in 1995, the Charles D. Scott Award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to enable and further the use of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals. The award is named in honor of Dr. Charles D. Scott, who founded the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals and chaired the conference for its first ten years. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and a director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chuck performed research and development on many novel bioprocessing systems while at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) including high productivity bioreactors, immobilized microbes, enzymes in organic media, and coal bioprocessing.

The Charles D. Scott Award is presented each year at the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. The nominees must have made one or more outstanding research contributions in biotechnology for the production of fuels and chemicals. These contributions should be of exceptional merit, reflecting independence of thought and originality that adds appreciably to scientific knowledge. Activities such as journal editing, organizing and chairing conferences, and serving scientific societies in official capacities may be considered, but the most important factor in selecting an awardee will be research accomplishments. The recipient of the Charles D. Scott Award will receive a plaque and complimentary registration for three successive annual meetings of the Symposium.

Awardees of the Charles D. Scott Award

1995 – 17th Symposium – Donald J. Johnson
1996 – 18th Symposium – Bruce Dale
1997 – 19th Symposium – Raphael Katzen
1998 – 20th Symposium – Jack Saddler
1999 – 21st Symposium – Charles E. Wyman
2000 – 22nd Symposium – Karel Grohman
2001 – 23rd Symposium – Patrick Foody
1001 – 24th Symposium – Sharon Shoemaker
2003 – 25th Symposium – Thomas W. Jeffries
2004 – 26th Symposium – Guido Zacchi
2005 – 27th Symposium – Lee Lynd
2006 – 28th Symposium – Brian Davison
2006 – 28th Symposium – Mark Finkelstein
2007 – 29th Symposium – Lonnie O. Ingram
2008 – 30th Symposium – Barbel Hahn-Hagerdal
2009 – 31st Symposium – Michael R. Ladisch
2010 – 32nd Symposium – Michael E. Himmel
2011 – 33rd Symposium – Steve Picataggio

The Raphael Katzen Award

2012 Awardee: John Ferrell

John FarrellThroughout his career, John Ferrell has been actively involved with the advancements of feedstock supply systems and energy crop development, recognizing the importance of addressing sustainability issues associated with large-scale biomass production for a biobased industry. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College, he went on to earn his master’s in resource management at Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Ferrell has been a key member of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of the Biomass Program leadership team under Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for over 20 years.

During his time at the DOE, he has held several positions including that of designated Federal officer for the Biomass Technical Advisory Committee which oversees programs at DOE, USDA, and other agencies with biomass program activities, and co-chair of the Federal Interagency Working Group for Feedstock Logistics, Distribution and End Use. Ferrell is well known for his work on the development of feedstocks and feedstock logistic technologies, and was a champion for the recently released Billion Ton Study Update, which has already become the foundation for all future bioenergy industry assessments and projections and has further established the potential of biomass as a fundamental sector in U.S. Energy Policy. John is the father of two adult sons, and currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Jan. He enjoys spending time outdoors in nature and working in his garden.

About the Katzen Award

Initiated in 2008, the Raphael Katzen Award recognizes organizations or individuals who have made distinguished contributions to enable and further the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. This award is named in honor of Dr. Raphael Katzen, a pioneer in scaling up and commercializing technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into fuels and chemicals. Since the 1940s, when he first began working on converting wood waste to ethanol, Dr. Katzen played a major role in developing and improving corn dry milling technologies and in continuing to advance commercialization of lignocellulose conversion technologies.

The Raphael Katzen Award is presented at the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. The nominee must have made substantial contributions to the development of commercial biotechnology for the production of fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. These contributions should be of exceptional merit, reflecting significant advancements in technology or commercial practices leading toward implementation. Activities such as fundamental research, publications, journal editing, organizing and chairing conferences, and serving scientific societies in official capacities may be considered, but the most important factor in selecting an awardee will be accomplishments in commercialization. The recipient of the Raphael Katzen Award will receive a plaque and complimentary registration for three successive annual meetings of the Symposium.

Awardees of the Raphael Katzen Award

2008 – 30th Symposium – Raphael Katzen
2009 – 31st Symposium – Douglas Cameron
2010 – 32nd Symposium – No recipient was selected.
2011 – 33rd Symposium – Patrick Foody, Sr.