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Brent Shanks

Brent is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Steffenson Faculty Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University.  He is the Director of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), formerly a NSF Engineering Research Center.  After receiving his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, he worked as a Research Engineer and Department Manager in the Catalyst Department at the Shell Chemical Company technology center in Houston, Texas.  He joined the faculty at ISU in 1999 where his group’s research has primarily involved novel heterogeneous catalyst systems for converting biological-based feedstocks to chemicals.