Our Governance Board

The CABBI Governance Board is entrusted with evaluation and endorsement of research strategy, budget, partnerships, and performance of the CABBI leadership. Its responsibilities are to: review and evaluate CABBI’s strategic directions; endorse annual research objectives and annual budgets; assess and evaluate the performance of the CABBI Director; authorize addition or removal of CABBI partner organizations; and make final decisions regarding CABBI issues in which agreement cannot otherwise be reached.

The Board is composed of research administrators from the University of Illinois campus, as well as an administrative official or executive from a few of the CABBI partners who has decision-making authority regarding the partner institution’s staff and physical resources. The members have expertise in administration of large programs, financial oversight, IP management and technology transfer, and CABBI research topics.

The members:

Chair: Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

German Bollero, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Harley Johnson, Associate Dean for Research, Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Gene Robinson, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Karla Ewalt, Associate Dean for Research, Princeton University

Surya Mallapragada, Associate Vice President for Research, Iowa State University

Martin Schoonen, Associate Lab Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Oliver Schmitz, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Bob Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

The Board meets once every year; the CABBI Director and Board members can request additional meetings. Decisions are made by majority vote.

Our Strategic Advisory Board

The CABBI Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) is made up of representatives from the other Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) as well as academic, government, and industry experts in the bioenergy and bioproduct thematic areas of feedstock production, conversion, and sustainability.

This Board will convene annually to objectively evaluate the Center’s research progress and to guide future scientific directions.

The SAB, chaired by the CABBI Director, will help ensure that the CABBI projects remain in alignment with CABBI, DOE, and stakeholder priorities. SAB members might also be asked individually or in smaller groups to offer suggestions on a particular technical issue.

The SAB members:

  • Katherine Armstrong, former Research & Development Communication Leader, Dow Chemical Co.
  • Joel Cherry, Digestiva
  • Katayoon Dehesh, Director, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
  • Steve Hartig, former Vice President of Technology Development, ICM Inc.
  • Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
  • Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Vice President for Biofuels and Bioproducts, and Director of Host Engineering, Joint BioEnergy Institute — JBEI)
  • Phil Robertson, University Distinguished Professor of Ecosystem Science, Michigan State University (Science Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Institute — GLBRC)
  • Robert Schmidt, Co-Founder, Resolute Genetics LLC
  • Will Schroeder, Head of Metabolic Engineering, Ginkgo Bioworks
  • Gregory Stephanopoulos, W.H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Erin Webb, Group Leader, Bioresource Science & Engineering, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Lead of Sustainability & Economics Team, Center for Bioenergy Innovation — CBI)