Quang A. Nguyen

Title: Director
Company: Biomass Feedstock User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

Quang A. Nguyen, Director of the Biomass Feedstock User Facility at Idaho National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in bioenergy.

With more than 40 years of professional experience in his industry, Mr. Nguyen has served as the director of the Biomass Feedstock User Facility at Idaho National Laboratory since 2017. In his position, he is the head of the design and construction of pilot and commercial demonstration plants for conversion of cellulosic biomass to ethanol and other co-products. Mr. Nguyen showed interest in the field of bioenergy from a young age as a participant on a school trip to a local soap factory. Upon discovering that soap was created by chemical engineers, his interest in the industry blossomed.

A native Canadian, Mr. Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa, followed by a Master of Business Administration in project management from the same academic institution. He subsequently worked for several Canadian companies in his field before relocating to the United States in 1993, working as a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado until 2002. Soon thereafter, he was employed as a program manager at Abengoa Bioenergy New Technology in Montana until 2016. Presently, Mr. Nguyen has been with Idaho National Laboratory for five years, having previously held the roles of group leader and scientist general manager.

Regarded as a pioneer in the field of bioenergy, Mr. Nguyen is a member of several industry-related organizations in the field, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Colorado Engineers and Land Surveyors, and Professional Engineers of Ontario. An influential patentee in the field, with 18 issued patents and 13 patents pending, he considers the highlight of his career to have been witnessing the first commercial plant being built in Kansas in 2014.

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