Roselle, Illinois, January 28, 2011: Clean energy firm LanzaTech has appointed Dr Laurel Harmon as vice president of government relations in response to its rapidly growing global portfolio of projects and relationships. Dr Harmon will provide policy direction and leadership on international legislative and regulatory matters and will develop collaborative research and demonstration projects.
Dr Harmon joins LanzaTech from Striatus Inc, where she consulted on proposal and project development in advanced technologies, including energy and renewable fuels. After receiving her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Dr Harmon joined ERIM, a non-profit research organization, to conduct applied R&D for a variety of defense and other government customers. Later she was a technical co-founder of Nonlinear Dynamics, a company specializing in applied pattern recognition.
“LanzaTech’s renewable energy and chemicals portfolio is on the fast track to commercialization,” says Dr Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “Laurel’s experience in government and regulatory policy will advance LanzaTech’s strategic position in the Global Clean Tech arena.”
Dr Harmon says she is delighted to join LanzaTech: “LanzaTech’s technology provides an innovative and cost-effective route to liquid fuels from novel, non-food feedstocks, conserving the food and water resources that are so vital to a globally-sustainable future.”