Blake Simmons

    • Blake Simmons's details
      • Studies: Vice President, JBEI Deconstruction Research Division
      • University: Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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    Blake A. Simmons grew up in Blair, Nebraska, a small town north of Omaha. After leaving the Navy in 1994 with an honorable discharge as a Petty Officer, he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tulane in 2001.  In 2007, he was one of the principal co-investigators of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI,, a $135M DOE funded project tasked with the development and realization of next-generation biofuels produced from non-food crops. He is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Deconstruction Division at JBEI, where he leads a team of 42 researchers working on advanced methods of liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. He also manages the Biomass Science and Conversion Technology Department at Sandia National Laboratories. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, EcoTV, and the KQED televised science program Quest.