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Tuesday, June 2  |  Wednesday, June 3  |  Thursday, June 4

SUNDAY, May 31

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A

MONDAY, JUNE 1

7:00 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A
8:00 am - 3:30 pm Annual FEW Golf Outing
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm Co-located Event
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Hall B-C
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TUESDAY, JUNE 2

7:00 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Auditorium
Welcome
Industry Awards

Keynote Presentation
Bob Dinneen, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

General Session Panel
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall B-C
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Exhibit Hall B-C
Noon - 1:30 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
    Exhibit Hall B-C
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmConcurrent Track

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Exploring Best Practices for Yield Maximization
  • M. Clark Dale, President & CEO, Bio-Process Innovation
    Directed Evolution Fermentation Process for Improved Yields, Rates, and Production in Corn Ethanol Facilities
  • Srinivas Budaraju, Industry Lead – Biofuels, Rockwell Automation Company
    Secondary GA Addition: Batch Fermentation
  • Jack Swanson, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Yield, Efficiency and Profitability
  • Derek Payne, Research Associate, Novozymes
    Yield Maximization: Propagation and Fermentation Optimization
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
A Look at Industry Margins and Strategies for Growing Your Own Plant’s Profit Opportunity

Moderator: Paula Emberland, Account Manager, ERI Solutions Inc.
  • Charles Hurburgh, Jr., Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University Iowa Grain Quality Initiative
    Tracking Margins, Corn Inputs, and Product Balances
  • Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Risk Management LLC
    Boom to Bust? Ethanol Crush Margin Outlook in a World of Low Oil Prices
  • Chip Whalen, VP, Education & Research, CIH
    Best Practices for Effective Ethanol Margin Management
  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Plant Optimization and Environmental Permitting
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
Deploying Hardware Solutions to Maximize Coproduct Profitability
  • Radhakrishnan Srinivasan, Founder, Weighty Corn LLC
    Fiber Separation from Corn Flour in Existing Ethanol Plants using Sieving and Air Classification
  • John Robinson, Owner & President, Drying Technology Inc.
    Fuel Alcohol Industry Losing $Millions Due to DDGS Over Drying
  • Cem Brinckley, Sales Manager, Rotary Airlock LLC
    Airlock Longevity in DDGs
  • Jennifer Aurandt, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    Transformative Applications of Stickwater Process Stream from VFRAC Technology Platform
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Grabbing that Next Rung: Advanced Ethanol Production for Existing Starch Producers
Moderator: Brendan Jordan, Program Director, Bioenergy and Transportation, Great Plains Institute
  • Aaron Hawkins, Scientist - TS Biomass, Novozymes North America
    Use of Innovative Enzyme Technology for the Generation of Advanced Biofuels from Grain
  • James Bleyer, Project Engineer, Valicor Inc.
    Fiber Recovery and Hydrolysis: Platform for Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Delayne Johnson, CEO, Quad County Corn Processors
    Cellerate Process Technology
  • Peter Reimers, President & CEO, Arisdyne Systems
    Fiber and Starch Co-Fermentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall B-C
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Track

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
The War with Many Fronts: Combating Yield Reduction Wherever It Can Be Found
  • Robert Yule, Product Launch Manager – Biorefining, Solenis LLC
    Novel Scale Inhibitor Proves More Effective at Improving Evaporator Efficiency than Traditional Chemical Treatments
  • Dennis Bayrock, Global Director Fermentation Research, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Precipitates, Fouling, and Bacterial Contamination at Fuel Ethanol Plants: Formation, Prevention, and Impact on Difficult Bacterial Contamination
  • Lowell Pless, Business Development Manager – Distillation Applications, Tracerco
    Distillation Tower Gamma Scanning: A Quantitative Tool for Troubleshooting
  • Ben Sunderhaus, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels and Distilled Spirits
    Fermentation: Recognizing Issues and Implementing Solutions in a Fuel Ethanol Facility
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
How Knowing Where Your Plant is is a Vital Step in Driving it Where You Want it To Be
  • Mark Warren, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
    Getting Ahead of the Curve: Assessing the Ethanol Supply Curve and Key Strategies for Success
  • Donna Funk, Principal, K-Coe Isom
    Successful Benchmarking to Make a Difference
  • Frank Baumgardt, Senior Director, Corporate Finance, FTI Consulting
    How to Keep Your Plant Operating in the Black
  • John Christianson, Principal, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Strategic Planning Essentials
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
Leveraging New Production Approaches to Produce Higher Value Feed Coproducts
  • Milan Hruby, Regional Technical Manager, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Effect of Specific Fiber-Hydrolyzing Enzymes on DDGS Quality
  • Jennifer Aurandt, R&D Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
    High Protein Product from Stillage: Path to Market Development
  • Michael Franko, Vice President, Business Development, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Protein Coproducts: Determining their Value Proposition
  • Ananda Nanjundaswamy, Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences, Alcorn State University
    Plain Feed to Platinum Feed: Nutraceutically Enriched Coproducts the Way Forward
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Cellulosic Go/No-Go: A Conversation about Evaluating Investments in Next Generation Ethanol Production
Moderator: Scott McDermott, Partner, Ascendant Partners Inc.
  • Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Technology Options Abound: How to Evaluate the Alternatives
  • Doug Dudgeon, Vice President, Harris Group Inc.
    Matching Project Goals and Contracting Strategy
  • Philip Madson, President, KATZEN International Inc.
    Strategies for Commercialization of Bio-based Technology: Evolution or Revolution?
  • Jeremy Javers, Principal Research Scientist, ICM Inc.
    Line of Sight to Cellulosic Ethanol
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Exhibit Hall B-C
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
Auditorium Lobby
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
101 A
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo
Exhibit Hall B-C
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall B-C
8:30 am - 10:00 amConcurrent Track

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Wonderful Widgets: Technologies Available for Plants Looking to Drive Out Process Expenses and Increase Profits
Moderator: Christopher Richards, VP International Business & Corporate Technology Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
  • Gary Bymers, International Sales Manager, Hydro-Thermal Corporation
    200 Proof Depressurization System Benefits
  • Alain Castro, CEO, Ener-Core Inc.
    Reusing Process Waste Gases as a Source of Energy to Reduce Costs, Improve Profitability and Establish a New Environmental Standard for Ethanol Production
  • Stephan Blum, Chief Technology Officer, Whitefox Technologies Limited
    Cooling Water Limitations: The 92ºF Problem
  • Hank Brittain, Director of Optimization and Advanced Control, OPX Control
    Tutorial on PID Control and Tuning
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Big Data I: How Plant Managers Can Use Production Information to Gain Financial Insight
  • Carson Merkwan, Business Development Manager, Direct Automation LLC
    Pi in the Sky, Data Management for You
  • Bobby Anderson, CEO, NCAT Inc.
    Plant Data Transformation: Convert Disorganized, Poorly Utilized Data into a Key Financial Asset
  • Chris Kirchberg, JMP Technical Enablement Engineer, SAS Institute Inc.
    Speeding Up Analysis and Discovery of Ethanol Data
  • Nick LeFebvre, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Utilizing Simple Statistical Analysis Programs in an Ethanol Plant
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
A Boom of Our Own: Best Practices in Corn Oil Capture and Characterization
  • James Bleyer, Senior Project Engineer, Valicor Inc.
    V-FRAC: Complete Back End Processing Technology
  • Neal Jakel, Strategy & Technology, Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC
    Theory and Practical Solutions for Enhanced Distillers Corn Oil Recovery
  • Michael Regier, Vice President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Reducing Fractionation CapEx: A Major Shift in Technology
  • Gina Clapper, Technical Specialist, AOCS
    Characterize Corn Distillers Oil with AOCS Methods
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Starch Ethanol’s Cellulosic Sequel also Begins with Biology
Moderator: Eric Sumner, Technical Business Development Manager, Anitox
  • Nicklas Bonander, Principal Scientist, Taurus Energy AB
    Taurus XyloFerm® Yeast Technology Offers More Efficient Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • Thomas Jeffries, President, Xylome.com
    Novel Yeasts for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • James Croonenberghs, Cellulosic Business Development Manager, Novozymes
    Novozymes’ C5 Yeast: A Full Biotech Solution for 2G
  • Allan Froehlich, Senior Research Scientist, Mascoma LLC
    Advanced Yeast Biocatalysts for 2nd Generation Ethanol Production
10:00 am - 10:30 amRefreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall B-C
10:30 am - NoonConcurrent Track

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Exploring Opportunities for Producers within the EPA’s Efficient Producer Pathway Process

Moderator: Timothy Baye, Professor, Business Development & State Energy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Jim Ramm, Managing Partner & Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    Ethanol Expansion through Life Cycle Analysis, Efficient Producer and Advanced Biofuels
  • Jeff Prochaska, Strategic Business Leader, U.S. Water Services Inc.
    Efficient Energy Producer Process
  • Nathan Vander Griend, President, ERI Solutions Inc.
    Reducing Cost while Ensuring Compliance and Asset Integrity
  • Andrea Foglesong, Director, Environmental Affairs, ERI Solutions Inc.
    How to get RINs for Ethanol using the Efficient Producer Pathway Process
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Sharpening your Staff Saw: Training and Tools to Get the Very Best Performance from your Team
  • RM Burton, Industry Technology Specialist, Novozymes North America
    Next Generation Training for Ethanol Plants
  • Anne Chronic, Fermentation Specialist, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    Finding your Rock Star Operator
  • Kristi Plack, Director, Technical Operations, Bion Analytical
    How to Generate Results in your Lab that your Operations Team can Trust
  • Wes Hazlett, Safety Consultant, Rail Safe Training Incorporated
    Upgrade your Rail Operational Standards
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
Diversifying Product Streams and Determining their Impact to Plant Bottom Lines

Moderator: Jeremiah Frueauf, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • Dave Sams, Vice President, Business Development, xF Technologies
    Upgrade of Ethanol to a Diesel Oxygenate
  • Douglas Tiffany, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota
    Phytate Extraction: A New Revenue Stream and DDGS Value Enhancer for Ethanol Plants
  • Jayant Godbole, President & Director, Business Development US & Americas , Praj Industries Limited
    Retrofitting Ethanol Plants with High Quality Beverage Spirit Plant-Changing Paradigm
  • Doug Rivers, Director, Research & Development, ICM Inc.
    Benefits and Challenges of Liquid Fuel and Chemical Production from Renewable Feedstocks
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Lignocellulose’s Sweet Side: Converting Biomass Feedstocks into More Easily Processed Sugar Streams
Moderator: Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox LLC
  • Daniel Hayes, Director, Celignis Limited
    Use of Near Infrared Spectroscopy for the Rapid Low-Cost Analysis of a Wide Variety of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
  • Sabrina Trupia, Lead Scientist, Advanced Biofuels Initiative, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
    Blending Feedstocks for Conversion into Fuels
  • Jack Baron, President, Sweetwater Energy
    The Sweet 7: Keys to Unlocking your First Commercial 2G Project
  • Barry Wortzman, Vice President, Business Development, GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.
    GreenField's Answer to Producing Gen2 Sugars
Noon - 1:30 pmLunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 6:30 pmExhibitor Move-Out
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmConcurrent Track

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Big Data II: Putting Information to Work Optimizing Fermentation

Moderator: Dennis Bayrock, Global Director Fermentation Research, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
  • Craig Wills, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
    Optimizing Fermentation Potential: Tips for better Data Collection, Organization and Analysis
  • Nicholas Giffen, Scientist- Data Analysis, Novozymes North America
    Flexible Enzymatic Solutions for an Ever-Changing Market
  • Matthew Richards, Manager, Application Technology, Mascoma LLC
    Measurement of Ethanol Yield in Grain Ethanol Plant Trials
  • Stephanie Gleason, Applications Scientist I, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    From Prop to Drop: The Role of Yeast Health in Efficient Fuel Ethanol Fermentations
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Understanding How Quality Assurance Plans (QAP) can Protect Valuable RIN Revenue Streams
  • Ashley Player, Manager, Weaver and Tidwell LLP
    QAP for Ethanol: Do you need it?
  • Jonathan Olmscheid, Supervisor, Assurance & Advisory Services, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    RINs in 2015 and Beyond: Regulations, Requirements and Revenue Impact
  • Tamara Mills, Compliance Specialist, RINtrust
    QAP: Myths and Truths
  • Jim Venhoff, Manager, Biofuels, Genscape Inc.
    Q-RINs and the QAP Process
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
The Bottom Line: Evaluating the Role that Coproducts Play in your Facility’s Financial Life
Moderator: Joseph Brady, Manager, Brady Solutions
  • Connie Lindstrom, Benchmarking Consultant, Christianson & Associates PLLP
    Coproduct Trends and their Impact on Plant Profitability
  • Robert Sauer, Financial Management, CFO Systems LLC
    Corn Processing Diversification: Valuing Investments in New Products
  • Jeff Scharping, Business Development Manager, ICM Inc.
    Coproducts and Product Diversification
  • Pete Moss, President, Cereal Process Technologies
    Planning for Blendwalls, Planning for Growth…How Fractionation Prepares you for Both
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Assessing the Progress in Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol Production Technologies
Moderator: Eric Bober, Principal, Nexant Inc.
  • Ken Hill, Business Development & Licensing Leader, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Cellulosic Ethanol Innovation Starts Here
  • Christian Morgen, General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing, Leifmark
    Guilt-Free Profits: Turning Cellulosic Ethanol Refining into a Highly Successful Low-Carbon Business
  • Patrick Foody, EVP, Advanced Biofuels, Iogen Corporation
    Update on Iogen's Technology and Progress
  • Shekar Govindaswamy, Technical Director, Leaf Technologies
    Advancements in Cellulosic Ethanol Fermentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmRefreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmConcurrent Track

Track 1: Production and Operations
Room 200 DEFG
Emerging Protocols for the Safe Handling of Carbon Dioxide in Ethanol Production
Moderator: Justin Brandt, EHS Lead & Plant and Employee Safety Committee Chair, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Mary DeVany, Principal Scientific Researcher, DeVany Industrial Consultants
    Carbon Dioxide: A Safety Program
  • Kristy Moore, Vice President, Technical Services, Renewable Fuels Association
    Working Safely around Carbon Dioxide
Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Room 200 BCHI
Doubling Down on Compliance: Building Shareholder Value by Working Towards Greater Efficiency and Sustainable Production
  • Andrea Foglesong, Director, Environmental Affairs, ERI Solutions Inc.
    Voluntary Sustainability Plan for Fuel Ethanol Plants
  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
    Managing Environmental Compliance
  • Donna Funk, Principal, K-Coe Isom
    Shareholder Value: Measuring and Maximizing
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Room 101 BCHI
What Ethanol Plant Management Teams Need to Know about the Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Kelly Davis, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association
    What does FSMA mean to my Ethanol Plant?
  • Gary Engstrom, Technical Manager, U.S. Water Services Inc.
    Food Safety Modernization Act: A Supplier’s Perspective in the Dry Grind Industry
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol
Room 101 DEFG
Laying the Foundations for Cellulosic Success with Well Considered Pretreatment Strategies
Moderator: James Hettenhaus, Co-founder, cea inc.
  • Robert Naidel, Marketing Manager, Lotus Mixers Inc./LOTUS Process Group LLC
    Critical Mixers: Soak Tanks and Other Front End Tanks
  • Christopher Gerken, Scientist, ICM Inc.
    Pretreatment Scale Up of Lignocellulosic Feedstock: Lessons Learned
  • Allison Talley, Biochemist, Enginuity Worldwide LLC
    A Continuous Pre-treatment Method using a Rotary Compression Dryer
  • M. Clark Dale, President & CEO, Bio-Process Innovation
    Low Temp Steep Delignification - A Novel Pretreatment Technology: Pilot Results & Commercial Applications
5:00 pmSessions Conclude
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesday Evening Event
Edge of the Wilderness at Nicollet Island Pavillion
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THURSDAY, JUNE 4

8:00 am - 3:30 pm FEW Industry Tours
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