Mario Enrique Velásquez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
Mario E. Velásquez L. is a Chemical Engineer of the National University of Colombia, did
advanced studies in Packaging Engineering in the Packaging Institute of Japan, obtained a
Master degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a Doctor in
Engineering degree from the National University of Colombia.
He has a broad experience in designing food and biotechnological processes. He has been
professor at the National University of Colombia, teaching in the Design of Chemical and
Biochemical Processes area. His areas of research are plant biotechnology to obtain
secondary metabolites; biofuels: cellulosic ethanol, hydrogen from microorganisms; and
development of photosynthetic plant cultures.
Actually he is also the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering of
the National University of Colombia.
Marcelo Guido Cerdan
He works in Fermentis (Division of SI Lesaffre-France) like “Sales manager” since 2005 in
Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is degree in Biological Sciences, targeting Genetic Engineering
and Biotechnology (University of Buenos Aires). In 1999 studied a PhD in the University of
Buenos Aires, targeting Biology with a thesis award: Bernardo A. Science Prize Houssay the
best research work; Awarded by the Biology Society of Argentina, Title: Tissue specificity
of expression of eukaryotic genes in transgenic mice.
He works in some research project: Beer production from grain sorghum using fungal and
bacterial enzymes (CATIF – UNASM) and Production of edible fungi using waste breweries
(patent pending). CATIF - UNASM - CONICET.
He was the General Manager of Cordillera Brewing Company of Argentina SRL, which
develop the microbrewery and brewpubs in Bs.As Argentina. CONICET Research Fellow at
the Institute for Research on Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology (INGEBI -
CONICET), Buenos Aires. In 1993 he was a Trainee at the German Space Research Center DLR), Institute of Air and Space, Cologne-Germany. In 1991 – 1994, Research Fellow at
the National Atomic Energy Commission, Department of Radiobiology in Argentina.
William Francis Scolli
He is a Technical Service Account Manager for the Grain Processing Division of Genencor
(A Division of Danisco). His main areas of responsibility include using enzymes for the
production of fuel alcohol and/or sweeteners from corn. He has over 24 years of global
experience in providing technical service to the corn wet milling and ethanol industries
regarding enzyme use, optimization and trouble shooting. Prior to his technical service
experience he was a researcher for Corn Products International. There he worked on the
development, scale-up and plant installation of processes for the production of glucose
isomerase enzyme and high fructose corn syrup.
2002 - Present: Genencor (A Division of Danisco), Technical Service Account Manager,
Grain Processing Division; main areas of responsibility include using enzymes for the
production of fuel alcohol and/or sweeteners from corn.
1985 - 2001: Enzyme Bio-Systems, LTD., Senior Technical Service Manager; held technical
service positions of increasing responsibility regarding the use of enzymes for the
production of sweeteners and/or fuel alcohol from corn globally.
1969 - 1984: Corn Products International; held positions of increasing responsibility in the
Fermentation and Enzymology Research Group including roles as an Analytical Chemist,
Associate Research Chemist, Research Chemist, Enzyme Plant Microbiologist and Assistant
Building Foreman and Researcher.
Education: BA Chemistry 1969, Lewis College, Romeoville, IL; MS Biochemistry (minor in
Microbiology) 1974, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Vijay Singh studied Agricultural Engineering in G.B. Pant University, a Master in Agricultural
Engineering and a Ph.D. in the same area in the University of Illinois. He has worked in many
research areas, principally: Novel Corn Fractionation Technologies, Dry Grind Ethanol, Process
Simulation and economic Analysis and Corn Wet Milling.
His professional experience is completely academic. He has worked such as: Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Illinois-Engineering Department, 1998), Visiting Scientist (USDAEastern
Regional Research Center, 1998-2002), Visiting Assistant Professor (University of
Illinois- Agricultural Engineering Department, 2002) and since 2002 he is working like
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering Department in the University of Illinois.
The principal Honors and Awards that Vijay Singh has got are:
- Alpha Epsilon, inducted 1993
- Gamma Sigma Delta, inducted 1994
- Sigma Xi, inducted 1997
- Best Research Paper Award, CCSE Research Unit, ERRC, ARS, USDA, 2003
- Excellence in Research Award, College of ACES, 2007
- Global Scholar, College of ACES, 2007
- AACCI Young Scientist Award, 2007
Edgar A. Cárdenas Rocha
National University of Colombia
He studied Animal Science in the National University of Colombia (1987), in 2003 studied a Master in Environment and Development in the National University of Colombia. Your PhD was about Animal Production in the same university (2007). He did a pos PhD in LEARN (Livestock Emission & Abatement Research Network) Agresearch - Palmerston North – New Zealand in 2008, about the Greenhouse Gas Measurement (Methane and Oxide of nitrogen) from livestock
(Sheep and Cattle).
His mean areas of research are the Protection of Environment, Pastures, Tropical Forage
and Vegetable Cover, Production System of Herbivores and Agricultural Crop for Animal
Feeding. He belongs to Ruminant Nutrition Research Group, with classification A in
Since 1997 until today, he has been an associated Professor in the Veterinary Medicine
and Animal Science Faculty and has participated like International Expositor in many
Congress (2002 – 2008).
Juan Carulla Fornaguera
National University of Colombia
His bachelor was about Animal Sciences (1984 – 1986), the Master in the Ruminant
Nutrition Area (1987 – 1990) and the PhD in the same area of research. All of the studies
have done in the University of Nebraska – Lincoln USA.
He is an expert in Ruminant Nutrition and Feeding and Food Analysis for Ruminant. Since
2003 until today, he is associated Professor with exclusive dedication in the Veterinary
Medicine and Animal Science Faculty, and since 2006 is the Dean of the same Faculty. He
is the national coordinator for elaboration of ECAES for Animal Science Bachelor.
He was a visitor professor in the Technical Institute of Zurich – Swiss, and worked in a
research about the influence of the plants secondary metabolites on the methane
production in Sheep.
Melvin Martínez Ríos
Ingenio Providencia S.A
He is Chemical Engineering (1998 – 2004) of the National University of Colombia. He has worked in some important companies in our country: Manuelita S.A, Ingeniería y Especialidades (I&E), Incolsa Ltda, Extractos GMN Ltda. Since 2007 until today, he works as a Process Coordinator-Engineering in Ingenio Providencia S.A..
His main areas of working are programming, process control and optimization of production processes in industrial, chemicals and food plants.
Julian Andrés Parra Garrido
Ingenio Providencia S.A
He is studying a Master in Management with emphasis in Strategic negotiation in the ICESI
University (Cali-Colombia). He is Chemical Engineering of the National University of
Colombia – Bogotá (2004). He has studied specially courses like: International Level Short
Term Training Programme for Distillery - Vasantdada Sugar Institute (India) - Abril de 2005
and Training Course in Basic Microbiology - University of Pune (India) in the same date.
He additionally has the following work experience:
Sucromiles S.A (2003 – 2005): Citric Acid production Vinasse concentration plant.
Incauca S.A (2005 – 2006): Engineering of Distillery.
Ingenio Providencia S.A (2006 – today): Distillery Director.