Dr. Collins is positioning the Company as an emerging global solutions provider helping countries throughout the world manage the delicate balance of increasing food production, while also satisfying the world's demands for more environmentally friendly and efficient production facilities and methods. This is Dr. Collins vision and represents the corporate mission of BioNitrogen Corporation.
Over the course of Dr. Collins' private-sector career, he has accumulated almost 20 years of professional experience in corporate engineering and plant operations management for major agricultural manufacturing companies, including Cargill, Anderson Clayton Foods, ACCO Feeds, Paymaster Oil Mill Company and Archer Daniels Midland Company.
Dr. Collins has also held professorship over the past 13 years at four prestigious research universities, including the post of Associate Professor at the School of Industrial and Engineering Management, Oklahoma State University, as well as the Director of the Biodiesel Performance and Testing Laboratory. He also recently served on the Steering Committee for the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy Committee for Bioenergy Development.
Collins earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management, with a specialty in Technology Transfer and Engineering Management, from Oklahoma State University. Earlier, he attended Texas Tech University, where he completed two Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of Agricultural Engineering (with specialization in Manufacturing Systems), and Agricultural Processing and Material Handling. He then went on to obtain his Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering, also from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Jay Almeida will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Almeida is a specialist in international business development, with a focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. He is currently President, CEO and Chairman of the International Business Council of Florida (IBCF), the largest business organization in the state with 53,000 members and nearly 300 Strategic Alliance Partners across Florida and in several countries. Since 1999, he has been IBCF's Ambassador of Commerce of Florida for all Latin American and Caribbean countries.