Director of National Bioenergy Center named

By | November 01, 2002
Michael Pacheco has accepted the position of director of the National Bioenergy Center (NBC). The center was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in November 2000 and is based in the department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. The virtual center is the focal point for technology development and information about bioenergy in the United States, giving industry a one-stop shopping place for access to world-class research and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at several federal agencies. Pacheco will join NREL on January 6. He comes to the Lab from Louisiana-Pacific Corp., where he has been manager of Oriented Strand Board Technology and Product Quality for the past two years and a Corporate Engineering Fellow for two years. Before joining Louisiana-Pacific, Pachecowas vice president of Process Development at Energy BioSystems Corp., where he led efforts to commercialize biocatalytic processes. Pacheco will provide strategic guidance, technical direction and management to continue the NBC's leadership role in bioenergy research and development. He is the bioenergy center's first full-time director. NREL's AssociateDirector for Science and Technology Stan Bull has been acting director.