Ben Stuart currently holds the position of Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University. Dr. Stuart has been a PI/co-PI/co-I or Principal Scientist on $21M worth of research projects externally funded by federal, state and industrial partners. His current research interests include biofuels production from waste and renewable (specifically algal biomass) feedstocks, CO2 capture using a novel membrane photobioreactor, and biomass gasification. His research in algal biofuels has led to three patents, as well as his participation as CTO in ECO2Capture, a start-up company focusing on developing and integrating enabling technologies in the algae cultivation and air pollution control markets. He is the author of over 30 refereed publications including three books and contributions to two additional books, has presented over 70 papers on his work, and has extensive consulting experience. Dr. Stuart received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and he is a registered professional environmental engineer in the State of Ohio.