Thomas Foust

Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Bioenergy Center

Established in October 2000, the NBC has the mission to advance technology for producing renewable transportation fuels and high value products from biomass. The NBC  collaborates with industrial, academic, and other national laboratories  on research and development efforts to achieve this goal. The NBC is a world leading organization of approximately 200 engineering and scientific staff  performing cutting edge work to develop cost effective, environmentally sustainable technology for producing transportation fuels and products from biomass by delivering innovative, cost-effective biofuels solutions.

Dr. Foust is an internationally recognized expert in the biofuels field. His areas of expertise include feedstock production, biomass conversion technologies to fuels and environmental and societal sustainability issues associated with biofuels.  He has over 25 years of research and research management experience specializing in biomass feedstocks and conversion research. He has over 100 publications in the biomass field covering all aspects of biofuels technology.

Dr. Foust has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.