Dr.Umakanta Jena is an Assistant Professor inChemical and Materials EngineeringDepartment at New Mexico State University. Before joining NMSU, he was an Assistant Professor at the Lincoln University of Missouri and an Assistant Research Professorin Renewable Energy at the Desert Research Institute.He receivedhis doctorate degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia in 2011. Dr. Jenas research interests include the thermochemical production of alternative fuels and value-added co-products from biomass. He has published15journal articles book chaptersand has presented over40 conferencepapers. He served as a guest associate editor of the Frontiers in Energy Research journal andchaired or co-chaired technical conference sessions in biofuels.He is a member ofseveral professional organizations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers andAmerican Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.