The Young Investigator Award aims to encourage young investigators to continue their research and to recognize and support their efforts at the beginning of their career. This year the award will be presented to Gregg Beckham, PhD at the Award Banquet on Thursday, July 28.

Gregg T. Beckham received his PhD and MSCEP in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2007 and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2002. He worked as a Senior Lecturer and Station Director for the School of Chemical Engineering Practice at MIT in 2004-2005 and 2007. In 2008, he began doing research in the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He currently leads an interdisciplinary research team of biologists, chemists, and engineers on conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals, and materials including in the areas of metabolic engineering, fermentation, separations, chemical catalysis, biopolymer production, enzyme engineering, renewable carbon fiber production, and lignin valorization.