Professor Dale is University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. In 1996 he won the Charles D. Scott Award for contributions to the use of biotechnology to produce fuels, chemical and other industrial products from renewable plant resources. In 2007 he won the Sterling Hendricks award for contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. He is interested in the environmentally sustainable conversion of plant matter to industrial products- fuels, chemicals and materials- while still meeting human and animal needs for food and feed. He occupies a leadership role in the recently established DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The GLBRC will receive $135 million in Federal funding over 5 years to develop cellulosic ethanol and other bioenergy sources.