Umakanta Jena is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical & Materials Engineering. Department at New Mexico State University. He received his doctorate degree from University of Georgia in 2011. Dr. Jena’s research includes the generation of alternative fuels and valueadded co-products from algae and lignocellulose biomass via thermochemical conversion. He has published 18 peer-review journal articles/book chapters and has presented in over 50 national and international conferences. He is an associate editor of Frontiers in Energy Research journal and an editorial board member for numerou scientific journals. He is a member of AIChe and other professional societies.