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Internationally renowned bioenergy scientist to speak at Mines
Release Date Tuesday, August 27, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 27, 2013) - Jack Saddler, Ph.D., an internationally renowned scientist in the field of bioenergy and forest products biotechnology, will visit the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for a public seminar from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in room 106 of the Classroom Building.

A seasoned research scientist, Saddler has been involved for more than three decades in various global organizations that have advanced the world's understanding of how woody biomass can be converted into useful fuels and chemicals.

The seminar will be geared to individuals and businesses with a particular interest in South Dakota-based biofuel industries.

School of Mines researchers and students will participate, as well as those from South Dakota State University, who will be linked via a live video broadcast from the Brookings campus. A question-and-answer session will follow. Mines and SDSU are members of the Center for BioProcessing Research and Development, which is based at the School of Mines.

Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, former dean and forestry faculty member at the University of British Columbia. He is an original industry chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada's highest recognition for scientists, and has received many other honors such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations' Scientific Achievement Award and the Charles D. Scott Award. Recently, Saddler received the prestigious 2009 Leadership Award, presented from Life Sciences British Columbia to those who have assisted in the creation and advancement of the broader life sciences communities.

Saddler has published more than 350 papers and several books, holds several patents and is a regular reviewer and advisor for agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, USDA, NSERC, World Bank and the Swedish Energy Authority. His influence also extends to the work of the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Energy Agency in Paris, and he has acted as the Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy organization.

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