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CSE Public Lecture: Cleaner, Greener, Cheaper

Date: 09/29/2011

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Van Vleck Audit. (Room 150) Tate Laboratory of Physics

Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Cleaner, Greener, Cheaper
Getting Off that Barrel of Oil: A Hopeful World View

Join us for this lecture as we explore the development and commercialization of biorefineries. University of Minnesota alumnus and biotechnology industry leader Patrick Gruber will share his views on how to connect the ethanol industry's infrastructure and agricultural supply chain to the petrochemical industry’s infrastructure of existing refineries and pipelines. He will share his vision of how biorefineries deliver low carbon solutions, provide renewed economic prosperity to rural areas, and contribute to energy independence from fossil fuels.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited so register early! Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event.

About the speaker

Patrick R. Gruber, Ph.D., is the CEO of Gevo, a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company. Prior to joining Gevo, Gruber was the president and CEO of Outlast Technologies Inc. and held several general management positions in technology and business development for Cargill Inc. He also served as president and CEO of Lactech, a technology development company, and was one of the founders of NatureWorks, LLC, where he was the vice president of technology and operations and the CTO from 1997 until 2005.

Gruber is credited with inventing a commercially viable process for producing polylactic acid (PLA), a biodegradable plastic made from corn. He is named co- inventor on 48 United States patents related to the production of PLA. He was inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame in 2003.

Gruber has won numerous awards and served on several energy and biotechnology advisory boards. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of St. Thomas.

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering offers public lectures featuring distinguished leaders in cutting-edge areas related to science and technology and other interesting topics. The lectures are designed to share the latest scientific discoveries, explore the impact of technology on culture, and encourage networking on campus. The program is sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society.


  • Name: Becky Kiefer
  • E-mail: kiefe069@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-3767
  • Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering

Reservation Information:

Registration is required. To register visit. http://cse.umn.edu/publiclecture.

More information: http://cse.umn.edu/publiclecture

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Becky Kiefer at kiefe069@umn.edu or 612-625-3767.

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