Benjamin D. Phillips, MBA
President & CEO
Ben Phillips is one of the founders of Radian BioEnergy and has actively led the financing and investment requirements necessary to develop Radian ’s gasification and syngas cleaning technologies. He has nearly 15 years of experience in the field of Gasification ranging from economic assessments of IGCC, Coal & Biomass to Liquids (C/BTL) systems as well as plant design, construction and operations. He has been a guest lecturer at University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College and has chaired Utah’s Cleantech Innovation Awards panel. Prior to working in the energy industry, Ben worked for an Engineering firm based in New York which focused on transportation planning, civil engineering and urban planning. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Planning from Utah State University and Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Robert S. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry and a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cal Tech. Additionally, he received a Doctor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and took a minor in Business Administration at Sloan School of Business Management. He has been involved in developing and managing fluidized bed technology for biomass and coal projects for nearly forty years. Dr. Davis has also developed computer system applications in the field of chemical engineering.
Dr. Benjamin Levie
Benjamin Levie, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Benjamin Levie earned his Ph.D. and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and has been actively involved in alternative energy research and development since 1981. He is currently a senior process engineer with Catchlight Energy, LLC (a joint venture formed between Chevron Corp. and Weyerhaeuser). Formerly he acted as the Feedstock Technology Manager for Weyerhaeuser Company, leading a multi- discipline team to produce sugars, ethanol, and lignin from forestry and waste materials via an economically viable enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation process. Previous positions have included senior engineering roles at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and R.W. Beck, evaluating various thermochemical and biochemical conversion processes for biomass and coal at bench through commercial scale. He has managed a number of projects related to due diligence studies of emerging technology in alternative energy, solid waste, and recycling for government and banking clients. Dr Levie has extensive expertise in mass and energy balance modeling, heat transfer theory, techno-economic modeling, financing, and intellectual property rights. Dr. Levie resides with his wife in Mercer Island Washington where he is a longstanding member of the city’s Utility Advisory Board.
Ryan Waddington, MBA
Ryan is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Huron River Ventures (HRV), a seed and early stage venture fund focused on clean technology companies in Michigan. Prior to establishing HRV, Ryan spent nearly 4 years at ZBI Ventures (ZBIV), the private equity arm of Ziff Brothers Investments that is exclusively focused on energy and energy-related investments. He was also Director of Venture Services for NextEnergy, a non-profit corporation founded to advance the alternative energy technology industry in the State of Michigan. Prior to that he was with DTE Energy Ventures, the $100 million corporate venture fund of DTE Energy Company. Ryan earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He also earned an MBA with Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Ryan is a member of the External Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, and a cleantech advisor to the Frankel Commercialization Fund and the Wolverine Venture Fund, both also at the University of Michigan.
John K. Baird, JD
John Baird has served as corporate counsel for a national energy services corporation. He was later tasked by the company with responsibility for development of its large-capital projects with specific focus on commercializing proprietary coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Liquid Fuels for Headwaters Incorporated and, in this capacity, directed the development, financing and operation of a major domestic bio-fuels plant. The plant is an award-winning and state-of-the-art fuel ethanol facility located in the mid-western United States. The bio-refinery has been broadly recognized for its unique carbon-positive production process. Prior to his involvement in the energy sector, Mr. Baird was engaged in the private practice of law for over twenty years. He currently advises private investment groups in the energy and project development field. He also serves as counsel to a sitting delegate to the U.S. Senate with responsibilities in energy and banking. Mr. Baird received his JD from Brigham Young University.