Kimberly Ogden is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions and a Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and her PhD from the University of Colorado. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and is currently the co-chair of the International Society for Water Solutions. Kim’s research focus includes bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels from algae, guayule and guar, as well as energy/water nexus research. She was the engineering technical lead for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB). Her research in algae to biofuel continues through a Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed program funded by the Department of Energy. The goal of this project is to obtain long term outdoor algal cultivation data that will be available to the public for use in modeling and other research efforts, and demonstrate the feasibility of year round cultivation. Recently Kim is the PI for USDA-NIFA Challenge Area Project titled Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions. This is a joint project with NMSU, CSM, CSU, Bridgestone and USDA-ARS to investigate producing bioproducts and biofuels from guayule and guar.