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, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jennifer Bernhard, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • German Bollero, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Feng Sheng Hu, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Karla Ewalt, Associate Dean for Research, Princeton University
  • Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research, Iowa State University
  • Martin Schoonen, Associate Lab Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Darryl Thelen, Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering, 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, Research & Development Communication Leader, Dow Chemical Co.
  • Joel Cherry, President of Research & Development, Amyris Inc.
  • Katayoon Dehesh, Director, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
  • Steve Hartig, Vice President of Technology Development, ICM Inc.
  • Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
  • Udaya Kalluri, Senior Staff Scientist in the Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Center for Bioenergy Innovation — CBI)
  • Douglas Landis, University Distinguished Professor of Entomology, Michigan State University (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Institute — GLBRC)
  • Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Joint BioEnergy Institute — JBEI)
  • Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Deputy Leader for Isotopic Signatures Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Robert Schmidt, Chief Scientist, SG Biofuels Co.
  • Will Schroeder, Head of Metabolic Engineering, Ginkgo Bioworks
  • Greg Stephanopoulos, W.H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ellen Williams, Distinguished University Professor of Physics, University of Maryland