Dr. Yebo Li is a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University (OSU).
His research area is bioproducts and bioenergy with focuses on biogas production and upgrading, fermentation and separation,
and thermochemical conversion of biomass for the production of biopolyols and polyurethanes. Dr. Li has written more than
230 peer reviewed journal articles and conference presentations and been awarded five patents. He has served as Division Editor,
Associate Editor, and sat on Editorial Boards for several journals like Transactions of ASABE, and International Journal of
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. He is also the Co-Editor of a bioenergy
textbook: Bioenergy-Principals and Applications . Dr Li has received many awards including the 2012 Rain Bird Engineering
Concept of the Year Award from the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Dr. Samir Kumar Khanal is a
Professor of Biological Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Previously, he was a post-doctoral research associate
and Research Assistant Professor at Iowa State University for 6 years. Dr. Khanal obtained Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with
a focus in Environmental Biotechnology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong in 2002.
He obtained in M.S. in environmental engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 1997. Dr. Khanal is a leading
researcher, internationally in the field of anaerobic digestion, waste-to-resources and environmental biotechnology. Dr. Khanal,
to date, has published over 90 refereed papers in high quality international journals. He also delivered over 90 keynote/invited
presentation internationally. In addition, he also wrote and published a book entitled “Anaerobic Biotechnology for Bioenergy
Production: Principles and Applications (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). Dr. Khanal edited another book, as the Lead Editor,
entitled “Bioenergy and Biofuel from Biowastes and Biomass (American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2010). Both
books have become the best-sellers in the respective field. Recently he also published a bioenergy textbook entitled Bioenergy:
Principles and Application (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). He has supervised 11 Ph.D., 16 M.S., 17 undergraduate and 12 high school
students, 13 post-docs and 14 visiting scholars. Dr. Khanal is also an editorial board member of the highly prestigious international
journal, Bioresource Technology and Korean Journal of Environmental Engineering. He is also a recipient of CTAHR Dean’s Award
for Excellence in Research (2016), University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Khanal is a professional engineer (environmental engineering)
in the state of Iowa.