|based distillery quality control, operations and production, and technical management.
He was employed 15 years with a major engineering and technology company. As a senior vice president and a board member for that company, Mr. Monceaux's activities focused on international project and business development with a concentration in Central and South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. His activities also included process technology development and process modeling and design with a focus on advanced enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation, distillation and separation technologies.
Mr. Monceaux earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from McNeese State University and pursued graduate studies at Northern Arizona University.
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Bipin S. Shroff
Bipin S. Shroff has more than 35 years of experience in the process industry. Mr. Shroff was employed at a major engineering and technology company for more than 28 years. As a senior vice president and board member of that company, he was responsible for business development, particularly in Europe and Asia, where he generated a substantial number of bioethanol projects for the company. In addition, he worked in process and mechanical design, equipment specification, capital cost estimates, project engineering and project management. He was also responsible for administration and was company treasurer.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Shroff was employed by Chemineer Inc. as an application engineer. He also worked at Vulcan Manufacturing, a fabricator of heat exchangers, distillation towers, trays and other specialty process equipment.
He earned a bachelor's degree in mechnical engineering from Christian Brothers College and an MBA in finance from Xavier University.
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Christian T. Marshall
Director of Engineering
Christian Marshall holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is a classically trained chef with a Culinary Arts Certification from the Midwest Culinary Institute.
Mr. Marshall brings over 25 years in engineering & leadership with a background in manufacturing, operations, process improvements, process development, new product development, safety & regulatory compliance, and process design. He has experience in diverse manufacturing industries including ethanol, distillation, commercial fermentation, adhesives, pulp & paper, steel and multiple aspects of food and beverage including dairy, ingredients, beer, and meats & proteins, in FDA, USDA, and 3A regulated arenas.
He was employed by leaders in technology with a focus on designing and implementing new and improved manufacturing processes and products, including a site manager for a cutting-edge R&D and manufacturing facility. Mr. Marshall has been engaged in operations as an individual contributor, line supervisor, plant manager and executive leadership.
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Kurt F. Kaupisch, P.E.
Adjunct Consultant and Senior Chemical Process Engineer
Kurt Kaupisch has more than 40 years of chemical engineering experienceincluding 29-plus years of beverage and fuel alcohol, food, dairy, and pharmaceutical experience, as well as 16-plus years as a member of the 3A Task Groups (piping, pumping, thermal processing, etc.). He has served as facility infrastructure and utilities performance assessment auditor, having audited over 100 food and beverage plants in the United States. Kurt's projects include a new 320,000-square-foot extended shelf life beverage plant, development and implementation of a multiplant manufacturing and distribution strategy, a wastewater recovery project in a cheese plant (which provided $3.2 million in economic value added for the plant) and a utility cost reduction initiative that identified annual savings for five combined food and beverage plants totaling $6.5 million (which provided payback in less than three years).
Kurt's projects in the alcohol-related fields include redesign of still trays to make unit more energy efficient; 60 MM GPY motor fuel grade alcohol plant startup; alcohol recovery research for alcohol pulping; anhydrous alcohol plant startup; small (farm)-sized alcohol plant studies and designs; motor fuel grade alcohol from molasses; 10 and 25 MM GPY motor fuel grade alcohol studies; synthetic ethylene/ethanol studies; Brazilian molasses alcohol plant study; stripper design and startup; cellulose alcohol demonstration plant design; process development for feed stock evaluation and testing of, and demonstration plant design for cellulose (from municipal wastes) alcohol, and many others.
Mr. Kaupisch holds bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering, and a doctorate (without dissertation) in chemical engineering, all from the University of Cincinnati. He is certified in Principals of Thermal Process Control, Acidification and Container Closure Evaluation for FDA/USDA, and is a certified process safety engineer. He has authored or co-authored 30-plus publications, seminars, papers and articles on subjects, including engineering data and practice, distillation design and practice, GMP food plant design and engineering, and clean-in-place/allergen containment.
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Kent Kemmerling has more than 26 years experience in ethanol production and microbiology. His ethanol experience commenced in 1981 when, while in graduate school, Mr. Kemmerling began working at a local fuel ethanol facility. He eventually served as plant manager of the facility undertaking pioneering work in the fermentation of barley, wheat, rye and triticale. In 1984, he accepted the position of plant manager at the Monte Vista, Colorado potato-to-ethanol plant and led a construction team in a significant plant upgrade. His extensive experience in nutritional and health aspects in the feeding and management of cattle, poultry and swine resulted in him serving as the chief design engineer for the Lanigan, Saskatchewan integrated fuel ethanol cattle feedlot facility. Recently, Mr. Kemmerling has participated as a commissioning and startup technician on a number of fuel ethanol projects.
Mr. Kemmerling has worked for Eli Lilly as a fermentation microbiologist in the commercial scale production of antibiotics. While at Eli Lilly, Mr. Kemmerling was the primary scientist developing a new antibiotic application for controlling contaminating bacteria in ethanol fermentations. Commercial application of the product in the Brazilian cane sugar distilleries has been highly successful.
He earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in microbiology, specializing in molecular biology/genetics from Purdue University. He earned another master's degree in ruminant microbiology from Montana State University.
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Jack D. Shafer
Jack D. Shafer has more than 50 years experience in mechanical engineering in the pulp and paper industry. He has worked for such companies as Black Clawson, CE Bauer, Impco Corporation. His area of expertise includes designing, consulting, servicing and supervising the repair of major equipment including digesters, high-pressure feeders and waster paper systems. Most recently, Mr. Shafer has been serving as a consultant in the digester pulp industry.
Mr. Shafer's experience includes projects calling for the design, fabrication, installation and operation of biomass feeding and acid hydrolysis reactor systems. In these reference projects, products of the "pretreatment" systems were destined for subsequent ethanol production from the hemicellulosic- and cellulosic-derived sugar fractions.
Mr. Shafer earned his degree in mechanical engineering, drafting and design from Penn State University.
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