Senior Research Chemical Engineer, Agricultural Service (ARS), USDA
Dr. Boateng has over 30 years of experience in academia, industry and research. The last 11 years has been with USDA’s Agricultural Service (ARS) as senior research chemical engineer where he pioneered research in thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals becoming the lead scientist of the pyrolysis CRIS project in the last 5. Prior to joining ARS Dr. Boateng held engineering faculty positions at 2 universities followed by a 10-year tenure in the high-temperature mineral/materials processing industry where he held various positions in process/product development rising to chief process engineer. He authored the industry acclaimed book - Rotary kilns: Transport Phenomena & Transport Processes (Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers) based on these industrial experiences. Dr. Boateng received his PhD from the University of British Columbia; he is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has authored about 100 publications over 80 of which are peer-reviewed. Aside from Congress appropriated funding for his research Dr. Boateng has succeeded in garnering extramural funding, being the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on 8 competitive grants that have provided over $10M in total funds to his research program and over $90M in overall funding to team projects nationwide over the last 5 years. He has trained and mentored scores of scientists, engineers, students and faculty from around the world at his laboratory and lectured worldwide.