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  1. Photo of Serpil Guran Serpil Guran, Ph.D. Director 609-499-3600, ext. 4225 serpil.guran@rutgers.edu Dr. Serpil Guran is the Director of the Rutgers EcoComplex. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a nationally recognized center for the commercialization of environmental and alternative energy technologies.

    Dr. Guran is trained on thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of sustainable biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals and she specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuels, innovative waste recycling technologies, and life cycle analysis of clean energy, alternative fuel production and sustainable food systems. Currently, she is working on Circular Carbon Systems, Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Waste synergy by promoting integration of organic and plastic waste into development of circular carbon economy with the goal of mitigating climate change and economic sustainability and social justice.
  2. David Specca David Specca Assistant Director 609-499-3600, ext. 4226 specca@njaes.rutgers.edu Sustainable Agriculture and Clean Energy Technology Demonstrations. His expertise includes identifying and demonstrating technologies and practices that will help the agricultural industry become more sustainable, especially hydroponic and aquaponic applications for rural and urban agriculture, also identifying and quantifying waste-based clean energy feedstocks and technologies. His experience, from a production agriculture perspective, gives him a unique background for assisting the many startup businesses that come to the EcoComplex. He was also part of the NJAES team that produced the "Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential in NJ". Dave earned a BS in Horticulture and an MS in Plant Science from Rutgers University.
  3. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta Ph.D. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D. Administrator-in-Charge 848-932-3776 brennan@aesop.rutgers.edu Margaret is Executive Director for Economic Development and Innovation and Associate Director, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic growth initiatives. Margaret also is responsible for administrative oversight for several Rutgers centers, including the Rutgers EcoComplex. She has played a key role in the center's development, organization, and strategic direction. Her accomplishments in the energy arena include: project director for an assessment of the biomass energy potential for New Jersey, the results of which informed the bioenergy component of the 2011 New Jersey State Energy Master Plan; led the development of the New Jersey Clean Energy Resource Network; and led the establishment of the New Jersey Clean Energy Innovation Council. She is an economist with expertise in economic development strategies, energy economics and policy, and industry cluster development.
  4. Lorraine Raider Lorraine (Laurie) Raider Program Coordinator 609-499-3600, ext. 4221 lorraine.raider@rutgers.edu Laurie is your primary point of contact for information about the EcoComplex and its many activities. Her responsibilities include; coordination and administration of EcoComplex resources, grant funding, finance and human resource activities. Coordinates the EcoComplex business incubator program including tenant leases, day-to-day tenant activities, and grant opportunities. She manages the conference center, scheduling, event coordination, and data collection for the program, in addition to the EcoComplex website design and maintenance, as well as your primary point of contact here on site. In addition, Laurie is also actively pursuing a degree in Public Health.
  5. Jonathan Lee Jonathan Lee Facilities Maintenance 609-499-3600, ext. 4242 jlee@aesop.rutgers.edu Building and equipment upkeep, general repairs, and also final set up for scheduled events. Early riser that is here to greet you on the day of your event as early as you may need and available to assist you in getting off to a good start, and will remain available to you through out the day.