2016 Featured Speakers

Opening Plenary (Monday, September 26)

I2SL Welcoming Remarks

North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge

U.S. Department of Energy Remarks

Keynote Speaker


Steve Black
I2SL Heart of America Chapter, CRB

Steve Black headshot

Steve Black has 40 years of experience as an engineer, owner, and construction manager for chemical, crop science, animal health, biopharmaceutical, laboratory, high-containment, vivaria, and higher education projects and facilities. He is the founding president of the I2SL Heart of America Chapter and currently serves as the co-chairman of the 2016 I2SL Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Mr. Black is a LEED Accredited Professional with a passion for the successful pursuit of sustainability in every project. He has been a team member for multiple LEED Platinum, LEED Gold, and LEED Silver science and technology projects over the past ten years. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Mr. Black is currently a senior project manager in science and technology for CRB in Kansas City, Missouri. Over his career, Mr. Black also worked for JE Dunn, Turner Construction, and Bayer.

Allison Paradise
My Green Lab

Allison Paradise is the Executive Director of My Green Lab, a California-based non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainability in laboratories. My Green Lab works with over two dozen organizations in California and several organizations nationally to reduce the environmental impact of their labs through outreach programs and concrete initiatives. Paradise holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard, and before co-founding My Green Lab, she worked as a scientific consultant.

Timothy Unruh
U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program


Dr. Timothy D. Unruh is the Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), which falls within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). As FEMP Program Manager, Dr. Unruh oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, reductions in energy and water use in Federal government operations.

Dr. Unruh was formerly Director of Operations for ConEdison Solutions where he led a team of engineers and managers. Dr. Unruh has a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Ron Trewyn
Kansas State University

Ron Trewyn headshot

Dr. Ron Trewyn is Kansas State University's liaison to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). As the NBAF liaison, Dr. Trewyn works to coordinate opportunities with NBAF for the university, the city, and the state. Prior to his current position, he served as Kansas State University's vice president for research and led the university's efforts to bring NBAF to Kansas.

Dr. Trewyn graduated from an Illinois business school in accounting, served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam, and received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He then earned a doctorate in microbial physiology from Oregon State University, with minors in biochemistry and genetics. Following graduate school, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center on the molecular biology of cancer.

From 1978 through 1994, Dr. Trewyn was a faculty member in the medical school at Ohio State University. He was also a member of the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State, where his research focused on epigenetic changes in human cells that can accelerate cancer development while providing early diagnostic markers and novel targets for cancer treatment.

Dr. Trewyn joined Kansas State University (KSU) in 1994 as the associate vice provost for research and a professor of biology. He served as president of the KSU Research Foundation from 1995 to 2011, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School from 1998 to 2007, and vice president for research from 2007 to 2014.


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