Tyton Science & Technology Advisor, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director, Energy Cluster at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Dr. Kumar, a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awardee, possesses more than 20 years of experience in industry, R&D, and academic research in the area of carbon black, nuclear fuels, and biofuels/bioproducts with a focus in new process development, process engineering and project management. He earned his PhD degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University in 2010. Dr. Kumar started his professional career in 1994 as a process engineer and was a certified project management professional (PMP®) from 2007-2011. Dr. Kumar’s expertise is in high temperature and high pressure reactions involving biomass components such as proteins, lipids, cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin. His research is focused on using reaction engineering, catalysis, chemistry, and separation techniques to develop novel advanced biofuels and bioproducts production processes. He has authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications, 70 conferences, 5 book chapters, and 3 awarded US patents. Dr. Kumar has successfully secured and managed several sponsored research projects from government agencies (e.g. NSF, DOE, and EPA) and private industries.