Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D.
Margaret is Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). She is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic growth initiatives at Rutgers. Margaret was the project director for an assessment of the biomass energy potential for New Jersey, commissioned by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The results of this assessment formed the basis of the bioenergy component of the New Jersey State Energy Master Plan. Margaret is also responsible for administrative oversight for several NJAES centers including the Rutgers EcoComplex. She is currently project director for the development of the Rutgers Innovation Park on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. She is an economist with expertise in economic development strategies, bioenergy economics and policy, and agricultural biotechnology markets. Margaret sits on the board of the State Energy Sector Partnership and the Rutgers Energy Institute, and is a member of the New Jersey Business Incubation Network and the State Bioenergy Working Group.
David is the Assistant Director for Bioenergy Technologies at the Rutgers EcoComplex. He has worked for the past fifteen years on small and large-scale bioenergy projects at the Center. His activities include identifying, demonstrating and promoting appropriate renewable energy technologies. Currently, his projects include working with small businesses on technologies in landfill gas cleanup and utilization, microturbine co-generation, anaerobic digestion, ethanol production, biodiesel, and biomass pyrolysis.
As part of the business development activities of the EcoComplex, Dave is a member of the NJ Business Incubator Network, State Bioenergy Working Group, Board member of the Rutgers Energy Institute, the Solid Waste Association of North America - NJ Chapter, and the NJ Economic Development Authority Clean Technology Advisory Committee, and Co-chair of the Clean Energy Alliance, a nationwide network of clean energy incubator facilities. He also directs the activities of a one-acre hydroponic vegetable and aquaculture greenhouse facility powered by two landfill gas-to-energy technologies. This facility provides commercialization space and services for start-up energy from waste companies.
He was also a member of the NJAES team that produced the “Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential in NJ” and has written a paper looking at crop-based bioenergy in NJ, “Opportunities for Agricultural-based Bioenergy in New Jersey, a case study of switchgrass and field corn”.
Michel Bitritto, Ph. D.
Michel is the Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Business Accelerator. She has over 30 years of research, development and business management experience in the New Jersey chemical industry, State government, and entrepreneurship. Before joining the Meadowlands Commission in May 2008, Michel served as President of the New Jersey Business Incubation Network and Director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology Business Incubator.
While employed by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, she worked with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to develop guidelines for Incubator Feasibility Studies and the measurement of incubator performance metrics. In the mid-90’s, Michel also led one of the nation’s first engineering resin reycling companies.
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