To create, deploy, and maintain sustainable systems, technologies, and products
Small business development
Research and Development
Renewable and alternative energy expert
Grant writing expertise
Technical writing skills
New energy technologies, research and development, computers, high end audio, sustainable agriculture, small scale sustainable energy systems, biochar, synthetic fuels and biofuels production, sports car and Formula 1 racing, college football, music, and automobile restoration.
Systems and equipment design, optimization, installation, operation, and maintenance.
Project management, operations management, research program design and management.
Technology and IP development, Product Development.
Pyrolysis, gasification, syngas, biofuels and biochar production and R&D.
01/2011 to 01/2014
Director of OperationsGenesis Industries － Redondo Beach, CA
Research and Development.
Performed project management duties for production facility, Project Manager for $1Million USDA grant.
Managed the manufacturing operations and process engineering functions of biomass pyrolysis plant including site planning, operation, installation, set-up and maintenance of production facility and equipment, specification and ordering of equipment and supplies and vendor interactions, MSDS preparation, and OSHA compliance.
Developed and managed research program duties including QA/QC method development, biological inoculation formula and procedures, and new product formulation and testing.
Designed and conducted testing on prototype technologies including biomass handling, gas scrubbing, and biochar processing equipment.
Provided chemical engineering services to bring facility into compliance with VCAPCD regulations including modifications and upgrades to pyrolysis equipment.
Performed all engineering support including drafting engineering drawings, fabrication drawings, PFD, P&ID, Heat and Material Balance, and all permitting documentation.
01/2009 to 01/2011
Director of Research and DevelopmentHydroCoal － Athens, GA
Performed project management duties for technology development and testing program.
Performed engineering services including producing equipment design, bill of materials, process diagrams, engineering diagrams, flow diagrams, P&IDs, site layout drawings, fabrication drawings, and mass and energy balances for carbon processing and gasification plant, both pilot and industrial scale.
Principal contributor of business plan development and investor relations.
01/2007 to 02/2009
Director of Research and DevelopmentEprida － Athens, GA
Provided engineering support including new technology development, commercial scale plant design, and evaluation of synergistic technologies.
Designed and set up secondary research and prototype development facility in Australia.
Directed research activities including developing test methods for biochar production QA/QC, and creation and implementation of testing program for evaluation of biomass feedstocks.
01/2005 to 01/2007
Head Research ChemistEprida － Athens, GA
Served as Project Manager on biochar and biofuel production and utilization grants for US DOE Hydrogen Program and ORNL, NREL, USDA, Iowa State University, and University of Georgia.
Managed operation and maintenance of pilot scale hydrogen from biomass and biochar production research facility in Athens, GA.
Conducted commercial development research on steam reforming catalyst for NREL and DOE.
05/2004 to 01/2005
Research ScientistEprida － Athens, GA
Performed analytical duties including design, set up, and operation of analytical laboratory for carbon testing and charcoal analysis, operation and maintenance of GC for syngas analysis, and research on charcoal surface chemistry and structure and their relation to charcoal manufacturing parameters.
Managed construction, commissioning, and optimization of operating parameters of $2Million pilot scale biomass to hydrogen and biochar production plant.
Provided systems automation support on pilot plant including control system software design, sensor and instrument installation, and controls hardware installation.
03/1998 to 03/1999
Laboratory TechnicianU.S. EPA － Athens, GA
Conducted research on soil response to landfill leachate.
Prepared reagents and performed HPLC analysis, maintained HPLC equipment, worked in anaerobic chamber, wrote analysis summary reports.
Bachelor of Science: ChemistryUniversity of Georgia － Athens, GAConducted research on the relationships between carbon production parameters and carbon surface properties.
Day, D., Hawkins, B. Getting back to the garden. Bioscience 2007. 57 (10) pg 814-815
Gaskin, J. et all. Characterization of Char for Agricultural Use in the Soils of the Southeastern United States. Terra Preta Nova: A Tribute to Wim Sombroek, ed :William I. Woods. Springer 2008. Ch 25.
Das, K.C., et all. Steam Pyrolysis and Catalytic Steam Reforming of Biomass for Hydrogen and Biochar Production. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 2009. 26 (1) pg 137-146.
Lee, J.W., Hawkins, B., et all. Sustainability: The Capacity of Smokeless Biomass Pyrolysis for Energy Production, Global Carbon Capture and Sequestration Energy Environ Sci, 2010, 3 (11) pg 1695-1705
Lee, J.W., Hawkins, B., et all. Biochar Fertilizer for Soil Amendment and Carbon Sequestration. Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts , ed: James W Lee. Springer 2012. Ch 6. pg 57-68
Lee, J.W., Hawkins, B.,et all. Characterization of Biochars Produced from Peanut Hulls and Pine Wood with Different Pyrolysis Conditions. Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 2016 3(1) pg 1-10
International Biochar Initiative. Influence of Pyrolysis Conditions on Char Properties. "Agrichar production and testing" IBI 1st Annual conference 2007, Terrigal, NSW Australia
Biomimicry Institute. Bio-inspired Sustainable Biofuels. "Biomimicry's Climate-Change Solutions: How Would Nature Do It" Bioneers conference 2008 San Rafael, CA USA
automation, Balance, business plan development, chemical engineering, chemistry, hardware installation, documentation, drafting, engineering support, equipment design, GC, grants, HPLC, IDs, investor relations, IP, layout, materials, operations management, optimization, permitting, process engineering, Product Development, producing, program design and management, Project management, QA, Research, software design, specification, upgrades
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