Role of Biomass in Americas Energy Future

Task Leaders: John Sheehan

John Sheehan

John Sheehan has over 20 years of experience as biochemical engineer in industry and government. He has worked as a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO for the past twelve years. At NREL, Mr. Sheehan has had a number of different responsibilities, including:

  • Project management of the U.S. DOE's Biodiesel Program
  • Life cycle assessment of biodiesel from soybean oil
  • Life cycle assessment of ethanol made from corn stover
  • Strategic planning and analysis for U.S. DOE's Bioethanol Program and the newly consolidated Biomass Program
  • Multi-year technical planning

Prior to coming to NREL, Sheehan worked as a process engineer at Merck Pharmaceutical and a biochemical engineer at the corporate research center of the specialty chemicals company, W.R. Grace. He has a masters in biochemical engineering from Lehigh University and a bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.