Tom Foust

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Dr. Tom Foust is the principal investigator and director of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC).

Professional Experience

Dr. Foust serves as the NABC director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Prior to taking on this role, he was the biofuels research director at NREL. In this role he guided and directed NREL's research efforts to develop biomass conversion technology to fuels via biochemical and thermochemical conversion routes as well as critical research areas addressing the sustainability of biofuels. This research focused on developing the necessary science and technology for converting biomass to biofuels in an economical and environmentally sustainable manner.

Dr. Foust is an internationally recognized expert in the biofuels field. His areas of expertise include feedstock production, biomass conversion technologies to fuels, and environmental and societal sustainability issues associated with biofuels. Dr. Foust has more than 25 years of research and research management experience specializing in biomass feedstocks and conversion research. He has more than 100 publications in the biomass field covering all aspects of biofuels technology. He is a licensed professional engineer.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University