In addition to Harvest’s own technology team, we are proud to work with some of the world’s preeminent experts in organics recycling.
Ian’s academic career includes posts as a Senior Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as adjunct member of the teaching faculty at Oxford University. Ian co-edited Footprints in the Jungle (Oxford University Press) and has written broadly on energy, environment, conservation and sustainability in both professional journals such as Science and in the popular media such as the New York Times. He also held senior leadership positions at Conservation International and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He received his A.B. in economics cum laude from Harvard College and has a Masters degree from Oxford University.
Ms. Browner most recently served as Assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Ms. Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.
From 1993 through 2001, Ms. Browner served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As administrator, she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in our nation’s history; set for the first time, a fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set scientific-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children.
From 1991 through 1993, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.
Ms. Browner serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for American Progress and was a founding board member of the organization from 2003-2008. Ms. Browner earned her B.A. and a law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has one son and is married to former New York Congressman Tom Downey.
Prior to EnerNOC, Tim worked in the Energy Technology Laboratory for Northern Power Systems, Inc., a firm that has integrated over 800 distributed power systems and related equipment for customers throughout the world. Tim also held positions with Merrill Lynch, International Fuel Cells (now UTC Fuel Cells), and Commonwealth Capital Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital firm in Wellesley, MA, and co-founded Student Advantage, which went public in 1999.
Tim currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the New England Clean Energy Council, as well as serves on TechNet Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for the New England Aquarium.
Tim graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics and received his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
David P. Chynoweth, Professor Emeritus
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
Following a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Louisville, Dr. Chynoweth continued for a master’s in environmental chemistry and biology and doctorate in environmental microbiology from the University of North Carolina. After postdoctoral study at the University of Florida and seven years on the faculty of the Department of Environmental and Industrial Health at the University of Michigan, he became Assistant Director of Biotechnology and Environmental Research at the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago.
He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he was responsible for research and feasibility programs in the area of applied microbiology with emphasis on production of methane and other chemicals from renewable resources, degradation of environmental pollutants, microbial influenced corrosion, and indoor air quality. He was recently Deputy Director of the UFL/NASA Environmental Systems Commercial Space Technology Center. He currently is a consultant in the fields of anaerobic digestion and environmental microbiology.
Dr. Chynoweth has been a member of seven professional societies and author of over 140 technical publications, including two books and eight patents. He has served a reviewer for the USDOE, USEPA, and Gas Research Institute research programs and has chaired several sessions at scientific conferences.
Robert J. Cummings
Former Chief Technology Officer, Ecovation
Robert J. Cummings graduated with his Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1973. He immediately began his professional career as a research faculty member in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Department of Cornell University, remaining there for twenty years, focusing on the development of high rate anaerobic treatment and digestion technologies.
In 1993 Mr. Cummings left Cornell University and founded AnAerobics, Inc. which later was renamed Ecovation Inc. While growing the company as the Chief Technology Officer, he patented a high rate anaerobic treatment technology in 1998 that became known as the Mobilized Film Technology and followed this in 2000 with a high rate anaerobic digestion technology known as the Floating Bed Technology. Using these two core technologies, Ecovation grew and was named the fastest growing Company in Rochester, NY in 2007. A year later, 2008, Ecovation was sold to Ecolab for $210 million dollars. Mr. Cummings remained with Ecolab as VP of Technology until he retired in December 2009.
Dr. Pratap Pullammanappallil
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Pullammanappallil is a biochemical engineer with expertise in the areas of bioprocess design, modeling and optimization for production of biofuels and pollution control. He currently leads projects in the areas of anaerobic digestion, nutrient recovery from wastewater, biodiesel production and enzymatic saccharification of biomass.
He has over 20 years of experience in the field of anaerobic digestion of wastewater, solid wastes and biomass and has worked on several research, pilot and full-scale projects pertaining to the microbial characterization, and development and implementation of novel process designs and stable operating strategies for anaerobic digesters. His pilot-scale experience include design and operation of two-stage temperature phased systems for sludge digestion, bioreactor landfill test cell and a biogasification system for sugarbeet processing residuals. Full scale experiences have included trouble-shooting operation of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket systems, Anaerobic Filters, Anaerobic Contact processes and sewage sludge digesters. He has also developed mathematical models for anaerobic digestion process that have been tested and validated for full-scale systems.
He has published widely in major international journals reflecting his extensive experience gained from the many research projects and consultancies and has over 100 technical publications in the area of anaerobic digestion including 75 peer reviewed publications in international journals and conference proceedings. He teaches courses in Bioprocess Engineering, Waste Management and Applied Microbial Biotechnology, and currently mentors 10 PhD students.
He has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a PhD from University of Florida; both in Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Stuart C. Buckner
President, Buckner Environmental Associates, LLC
Dr. Stuart Buckner is the President of Buckner Environmental Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in organics management including composting, organics recycling and anaerobic digestion.
Dr. Buckner is an environmental scientist and resource manager with more than 35 years of experience accruing expertise in the areas of composting system design, process management and optimization, odor control, operations efficiency, and population dynamics. He develops organics management projects as well as organizes conferences for scientific and professional trade organizations.
Dr. Buckner was the first research scientist to apply advanced statistics to quantify the inherent variability of odor data. He used statistical analysis of the variability in odor concentrations to evaluate the influence of factors governing decomposition and, subsequently, to develop practical solutions for improving process management and mitigating odor generation during composting.
As Director of Environmental Services for the Town of Islip, NY, Dr. Buckner designed and managed one of the largest and most technically sophisticated yard trimmings composting programs in the country. He also researched and developed odor control and process management techniques during the composting of grass and other yard wastes. After 25 years in operation, the Town’s composting facility continues to process about 60,000 tons of grass clippings, leaves and wood per year. High quality compost products are produced according to quality control procedures for monitoring the process and testing the product.
Dr. Buckner has been an advisor to the Japan Organics Recycling Association and the Environmentally Biodegradable Polymer Association of Taiwan, and a consultant to the U.S. Grains Council, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Waste Management Inc., the Hong Kong Organic Resource Center among other national and international clients.
Dr. Buckner also served as Executive Director of the U.S. Composting Council, a national nonprofit association that focuses on composting. In this capacity, he represented the association on a number of industry issues, and interacted with myriad stakeholders and leaders of allied organizations. He also was responsible for the association’s membership enhancement as well as organization and program chairmanship of the annual conference. During his tenure, membership grew significantly, and the annual conference became the largest and most widely attended event for the organics industry in North America.
Dr. Buckner received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a doctorate in Environmental Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook.