34th SBFC – Featured Speakers

David GlassnerKeynote Speaker

Dr. David Glassner is the Executive Vice President of Technology at Gevo and leads the company’s isobutanol technology and engineering development. He has more than 20 years of experience developing and commercializing technologies that convert annually renewable resources to fuels, chemicals and other materials.

Prior to joining Gevo, Dr. Glassner was at NatureWorks LLC, where he led the development of novel yeast biocatalysts for the production of lactic acid and ethanol and the development of lactic acid, lactideand polylactide technology. Preceding NatureWorks, Dr. Glassner was the biofuels technology manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he led the development of cellulosic processing technology and the construction of the biomass to ethanol process development unit. Dr. Glassner began his career at MBI International, where he was the Director of Bioprocess Development and led the development of a lactic acid pilot plant and patented processes for producing lactic acid, succinic acid, acetone, ethanol and butanol.

Dr. Glassner holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.