Board of Directors
In addition to Mr. Hennessey, the Board of Directors includes:
Dr. David Bransby Dr. Bransby is a Professor of Energy Crops and Bioenergy in the Department of Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University where he has taught and conducted research since 1987. He has more than 30 years of experience in agronomic research, and has spent 22 years specializing in the production and processing of energy crops, a subject in which he is widely considered a preeminent international expert. He has authored over 300 technical publications, serves on the editorial boards of two international bioenergy journals, and consults for several private bioenergy companies. In February 2007 he was invited to the White House to advise President Bush, Secretary of Energy, Sam Bodman, and senior White House officials on the feasibility of large-scale cellulosic biofuel production in the United States. He has also advised Alabama Governor Bob Riley on the status of the emerging biofuels industry.
James Russell Mr. Russell has over 25 years of experience as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Initially, he led divisions in quantitative analysis and computer systems integration for governmental and commercial organizations in areas such as advanced defense technology, health care, statistical surveys, information management systems and others. He provided leadership to help grow the company to $6 billion in annual revenue in markets such as defense, health care systems, transportation, law enforcement, energy and environment. In 2004 he transitioned to a consulting employee and has continued to help SAIC grow to $11 billion in annual revenue by 2012. From 2004 to the present as an independent consultant, senior advisor and private investor, Mr. Russell has assisted over 100 innovative technology companies in their development and growth. This includes consulting work with the Foundation for Enterprise Development assisting companies funded under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovative Research program. During his career, Mr. Russell has served as a Director on Corporate Boards, senior corporate advisor, information technology consultant for universities, private investor and a member of several professional and military technology committees. His private foundation provides charitable support to the University of Idaho and non-profit organizations fostering science and technology initiatives in the United States. Mr. Russell graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Electrical Engineering and continued his education with graduate studies in mathematical statistics at American University.