Advisory Board



Akash Vidyadharan


Founder & Chief Technology Officer at InfraLytiks. I hold a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering and a M.Eng in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University. I am interested in learning more about Drones, Automation, Machine Learning and Systems Optimization to improve jobs by making them easier, safer and efficient to perform.

InfraLytiks Website


Kara Hobart

General Mills, Inc.

Watch Kara on General Mills, Inc.


Frank Dohleman

CAPS Consulting

CAPS Consulting

Hassan Loutfi, P.E.

Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC

 In his appointment with Roeslein Alternative Energy, Hassan Loutfi leads the Research activities as well as the collaboration programs with national labs and academic institutions. He is a registered professional Chemical Engineer licensed in both the United States and Canada.  His expertise in the processing of cellulosic materials comes from over 40 years of distinguished career in Pulp & Paper Operations and related Engineering Consulting roles. His interests include cross-industry research efforts related to the potential impact of bio-energy demand on the sustainability of the natural resources, Geospatial Technologies, Nuclear-Assisted Biofuels, and advancing Climate-Smart systems for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and improvement of carbon sequestration.  He has authored numerous papers and conducted conferences, seminars, and tutorials.

Since 2015 he has been sharing his knowledge, skills and experience at Iowa State University mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in interdisciplinary curriculums such as the Capstone Design Instructions, the C-CHANGE Grass to Gas Initiative, the Multiple Flow Research Institute, and The DataFEWSion Traineeship Program. He can be reached at

Roeslein Website






Brian Campbell

Iowa Environmental Council

Iowa Environmental Council

Ross Evelsizer

Northeast Iowa RC&D, Inc.

Ross Evelsizer currently serves as Natural Resource Projects Director with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D). Ross works to protect natural resources using a watershed approach to issues like flood mitigation and water quality. Northeast Iowa RC&D is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Postville, Iowa that works on projects in natural resources, scenic byways, business development, and local foods production. 

Northeast Iowa RC&D, Inc.

Ross’s interview for the “New Voices in Water Quality” Award


Brent Myers



Shawn Richmond

Iowa Farm Bureau

Shawn Richmond is the Conservation & Natural Resources Policy Advisor for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation where he provides environmental expertise in support of Farm Bureau’s members by working to implement Farm Bureau policies.

Over the span of his 25-year career he has worked extensively on conservation and water quality efforts in agriculture, with experience spanning academia, government, and the private sector. He conducted wetlands research while at ISU that led to creation of the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), contributed to the development of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy while at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and led creation and implementation of a system for measuring and quantifying farmer progress towards the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy while he was Executive Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council.

Shawn is a lifelong Iowan who grew up in Wapello County and now lives with his wife and three sons in Johnston.

Iowa Farm Bureau Website

Keith Schilling

State Geologist of Iowa


Keith is thee State Geologist for the Iowa Geological Survey and IIHR–Hydroscience and Engineering research engineer at University of Iowa.   Keith has three decades of experience as a geologist in Iowa and also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He holds a master’s degree from Iowa State University and a PhD from the University of Iowa.

State Geologist of Iowa

Greg Doonan