Theodore H. Wegner (1945-)
Wegner helped define Forest Service Research on converting forest biomass into transportation fuels, and oversees efforts to develop new strains of yeasts that efficiently convert wood sugars into ethanol and other high-valued chemicals; these sugars are recovered from woody biomass in high yield with minimal contamination from inhibitory materials. He also encouraged FPL researchers to publish their research results, present papers at conferences and develop connections with researchers outside of the Forest Products Laboratory.
In 2005, Wegner co-organized the National Science Foundation Workshop “Defining the Opportunities, Challenges, and Research Needs for NanoBiomaterials Derived from Lignocellulosics.” He was one of the principal authors of “Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry: Vision and Technology Roadmap.” Since 2006, he has been the co-organizer/co-chair of the 2006-2011 International Conferences on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials”, and he continues to serve as the Forest Service representative on the US National Nanotechnolgy Initiative (NNI).
Wegner is a strong believer of sustainably managing healthy and diverse forests under both public and private ownership, and achieving national goals of advanced manufacturing, carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation, and achieving energy independence.”
Currently Wegner is active at FPL and resides in the Madison area.