Dr. George Philippidis is Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor at USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a sustainability expert with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. He has authored publications, book chapters, and 11 patents in clean technologies and has developed courses in renewable energy. Dr. Philippidis has over 25 years of experience leading strategic business units in the private sector, directing research in the public sector, and teaching sustainability and mentoring students in academia. He started his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Denver before moving to Thermo Fisher Scientific in Boston, a Fortune 500 company. He then joined the Applied Research Center in Miami to create and direct its energy business. At USF Dr. Philippidis directs technology development and commercialization to make society and the economy sustainable in partnership with industry and government. His research focuses on production of biofuels and bioproducts from microalgae, biomass, and oil-seed crops. He has been partner in a venture capital firm, has formed start-up companies, and has been advising companies and government agencies, including the US State Department, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Organization of American States.