IRVINE, Calif. (March 29, 2022) – Vertimass announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Charles Wyman was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Selection to the Academy is a career pinnacle and one of the highest honors for an engineer.
Dr. Wyman was selected in recognition of his “distinguished contributions to engineering for advances in transforming lignocellulosic feedstocks to low-carbon-footprint fuels and chemicals.” He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Wyman stated “I am honored to join such exceptionally accomplished individuals. My hope is that this distinction brings more attention to the urgent need for large-scale production of low carbon fuels from biomass that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are at a tipping point that requires immediate attention if we are to reduce climatic catastrophes.”
Dr. Wyman’s experience includes 17 years of leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); over 27 years as a professor at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and currently the University of California Riverside; and 8 years in industrial engineering and management positions at Monsanto Company, Badger Engineers, and BC International, the latter being a startup focused on commercializing cellulosic ethanol technology. He was also a founder of Mascoma Corporation and an officer in the United States Army. He holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University, a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from the University of Denver.
About Vertimass Technology
Vertimass technology sustainably produces vital jet, gasoline, and diesel fuels and chemicals from ethanol, methanol, and other renewable alcohols with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to sourcing these products from petroleum. The simplicity of the Vertimass single reaction system results in low capital and operating costs. The compatibility of Vertimass fuels and chemicals with the existing infrastructure makes possible production of low-cost, low-carbon fuels for everything, everyone, and everywhere. This Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology originated from Oak Ridge National Laboratories operated by UT-Battelle, with Vertimass obtaining worldwide exclusive rights in 2014 and advancing the technology for commercial applicability.
About Vertimass LLC
Vertimass LLC is based in Irvine, Calif. The mission of Vertimass LLC is to develop and widely license breakthrough technologies that substantially expand production of sustainable transportation fuels and chemicals that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security and domestic economies. Commercialization of proprietary Vertimass technology can overcome the blend wall that currently impedes expansion of ethanol production from multiple sources of biomass and open up large new markets for aircraft and heavy-duty vehicle fuels and for chemicals not currently amenable to ethanol. For more information, visit http://www.vertimass.com/.
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