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Tom Foust

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho; professional engineer, Maryland

Tom joined NREL in 2004 as the biomass technology manager. His role is to guide the National Bioenergy Center's research to accomplish the Department of Energy's mission in the biomass arena. Tom has more than 19 years of research and research management experience and specializes in biomass and forest products industry technologies. Prior to joining NREL, Tom spent seven years with the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), where he was the research lead for its Biomass Program. His primary responsibilities in this role were to serve as a Department of Energy and industry interface and provide technical oversight of the research program, which focused on biomass feedstock issues. His primary area of research was in complex multiphase flows as related to physical fractionation of biomass. Prior to joining INEEL, Tom was with Department of Energy headquarters in the Office of Industrial Technologies, where he served as the Forest Products Industry team leader. Tom also spent five years as an energy engineer for Westinghouse Power. Tom has more than 15 peer-reviewed publications in the biomass field related to biomass fractionation and technology development issues.