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The NCERC research staff is available to teams of researchers from government laboratories, other universities, and industries who want to use the Center to test technologies that have proven promising on a smaller scale to work with industry and other institutions on how best to validate or develop their technology. The Workforce Development Staff has more than 60 years of combined experience in industry and academia. To view current employment opportunities, visit Careers at the NCERC.

ADMINISTRATIVE (618-659-6737)
John Caupert
Executive Director
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Ida Hand
Grants and Contracts Associate

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Barb Randle
Business Manager

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Claire Weinzierl
Communications and Outreach Specialist

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Phone Ext.
Dr. Yan Zhang

Director of Research 

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Jie Dong

Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Fermentation Chemist

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Rachel Carpio

Scientific Analyst

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Whitney Friedrich


(618) 910-2065
Kaitlin Lasseigne

Scientific Analyst 

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Eric Beasley

Research Engineer

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AJ Bridges

Operating, Training and Control Systems Coordinator

(618) 789-3006
Jared Burns

Operating Coordinator

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Art Kotsybar

Research Engineer

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Terry Lash Research Engineer x 233
Kyle Sonderman Assistant Research Engineer x 254

Engineering & Plant Operations

The current staff of research engineers and operators bring a wealth of diverse experience and abilities to the Center. A combination of specialists with backgrounds in chemical engineering, operation, instrumentation & controls, and process plant operations and maintenance carry out all day-to-day activities during research pilot trials, as well as design and construct pilot plant modifications. Clients are afforded the unique advantage of working with the engineering staff to develop a customized pilot plant process including the design and fabrication of appropriate unit operations, sensors to conduct their trials, while emulating industry standards.

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