Dr. Michael Ladisch, director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, will deliver the keynote address to participants at the grand opening of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, June 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Dr. Ladisch ’s work focuses on bringing biotech products to large numbers of people,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair DeVonna Zeug. “We are excited to have him set the stage for three days of discussion among the corn industry’s leading researchers, processors and business representatives.”
At Purdue University’s Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering, Ladisch and his colleagues address topics in bioprocess engineering as they apply to bioenergy, bioproducts, biorecovery and bionanotechnology. He has authored 150 journal and proceedings papers, issued and applied for 14 patents and is the recipient of several scientific recognitions including the Paul Dana Biofuels Award of the Indy Racing League. Dr. Ladisch is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is Chief Technology Officer of Mascoma Corporation and serves on the scientific Advisory Board of Agrivida.
This year, CUTC’s agenda features cutting-edge technologies and new uses positioned to dynamically change the corn industry. The conference will debut presentations complementing the work of the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence, which emphasizes the importance of mycotoxin control in all phases of production and processing. The CUTC poster session and other scheduled activities will provide opportunities for attendees to interact with peers and business contacts.
CUTC will be held at the Westin Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis, Ind., June 4-6. Visit www.corntechconf.org for more information and to register online. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council is one of the sponsors of the conference this year.