4 minutes with… Donal F. Day, Professor, Audubon Sugar Inst. LSU AgCenter

day_donal96_w200Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

Lead organization in development of energycane and sweet sorghum for use as biofuel crops in the deep South

Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months.

Bringing to fruition the first energy crop to sugar syrup processing facility

What do you feel are the most important milestones the industry must achieve in the next 5 years?  

Commercialization of the first generation biofuel plants

If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the Advanced Bioeconomy, what would you change? 

Increased input from investors to the scientic-engineering community

Of all the reasons that influenced you to join the Advanced Bioeconomy industry, what single reason stands out for you as still being compelling and important to you?  

focused on areas we are interested in.

Where are you from? 

New Hanpshire

What was your undergraduate major in college, and where did you attend? Why did you choose that school and that pathway?

biochemistry- Univ of NH. it was the local State University. I always had an interst in biocemistry and microbiology

Who do you consider your mentors – could be personal, business, or just people you have read about and admire. What have you learned from them?

PhD and Post-doc advisors and the director of the Audubon Sugar Institute in 1979

What’s the biggest lesson you ever learned during a period of adversity?  

One can always exceed ones believed abilities

What hobbies do you pursue, away from your work in the industry?

History

What are 3 books you’d want to have with you, if you were stranded on a desert island

Survival guide for desert climates

War and Peace

The Bible

What books or articles are on your reading list right now, or you just completed and really enjoyed?  

Under the Red Sea sun

Hamburger Hill

Valley of the Shadow

What’s your favorite city or place to visit, for a holiday?

Have not seen the whole word yet

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