Keynote Speakers

Ray W. Miller, President, Verdecute Consulting

Ray Miller

Mr. Miller joined DuPont after earning his Chemical Engineering degree with highest honors from Georgia Tech in 1972.   After numerous assignments in chemicals, polymer intermediates and downstream polymer businesses, in 1990 Mr. Miller was named Technology Manager, DuPont Nylon Enterprise.  In 1995, Mr. Miller launched SoronaÒ Triexta, which later became the first DuPont polymer platform to use a bio-based raw material.   He also initiated joint development programs with Genencor and Tate & Lyle, which led to commercialization of Bio-PDO™.  In December 2002, Mr. Miller was appointed Program Director, Biorefinery Development.   He led a consortium of partners in a $38MM DOE program which created the technology for the Nevada, Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant.  In May 2005, Mr. Miller organized and launched a bio-based performance polyols business, DuPont Cerenol®.   In June, 2010, Mr. Miller was named Global Business Development Manager, Biomaterials and Specialties, a position he held until his retirement from DuPont at the end of December, 2011.  

On May 14, 2012, Mr. Miller was named Chief Business Officer at Verdeyzne, Inc., a small, innovative biomaterials company located in Carlsbad, California.  At the end of 2015, he retired from that position.  He launched a sole proprietorship consulting company, Verdecute Consulting, and he continues to serve as a strategic advisor on several boards, including the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and the Center for Bioindustrial Renewable Chemicals (CBiRC). 

Mr. Miller was inducted into the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2001.  He was part of the joint DuPont/Genencor team that received the 2003 EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for “Microbial Production of 1,3-propanediol”.  He was recognized by DuPont with 5 corporate excellence awards, including the prestigious Bolton-Carothers Award for the development of Sorona®  and the Sales and Marketing Excellence Award for successfully petitioning the FTC to obtain a new sub-generic “triexta” for PTT fibers.   Mr. Miller is an inventor of 8 issued patents, has published 5 journal articles and has made numerous presentations to conferences on bio-based materials and bio fuels. 

Chris Tindal, Assistant Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

Chris Tindal

Chris Tindal is the Assistant Director for the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) whose goal is to promote the development and commercialization of alternative jet fuel options that offer equivalent levels of safety and compare favorably on cost with petroleum based jet fuel, while also offering environmental improvement and security of energy supply for aviation.  He helps to manage the coalition of CAAFI stakeholders and provide leadership and strategic guidance to CAAFI's Work Teams, Federal government interagency initiatives, State and Regional programs, and International initiatives consistent with CAAFI priorities.

Chris is an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Queensland.  In that role, Professor Tindal assists in exploring research and development opportunities for QUT, as well as investigating potential opportunities to establish biorefineries in the State of Queensland.

Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors for Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization that advocates for the adoption of advanced biofuels as an energy security, military flexibility, economic development and climate change mitigation/pollution control solution.  Advanced Biofuels USA encourages public understanding, acceptance, and use of advanced biofuels by promoting research, development and improvement of advanced biofuels technologies.

Chris recently retired as the Director for Operational Energy underneath the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Energy, where he was in charge of setting energy policy and direction for the Department of the Navy and promoting the adoption of alternative fuels and renewable energy resources.  Additionally, he developed intergovernmental, international, and industry relationships throughout the energy field.  He was the Navy leader of the pioneering U.S. Department of Agriculture/ U.S. Department of Energy/ U.S. Navy Alternative Fuels Initiative which developed programs to launch the advanced biofuels industry.  In his role, Chris successfully led the Great Green Fleet effort, in which the U.S. Navy acquired and used 77 million gallons of F-76 alternative fuel blend for their ships in the Great Green Fleet deployment in 2016. 

He has had the honor to be named in the peer-selected competition for the "Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy" Awards by the Biofuels Digest from 2013 through 2017,

Chris Tindal was a Navy man for over 40 years.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and served on Active Duty on two ships in Charleston, South Carolina.  He retired as a Captain in the Navy Reserves in 2010.  Chris is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.  Originally from Alabama, Chris currently lives in South Carolina.