Greentech Media named Kef Kasdin, CEO of Proterro, as one of the top ten women in biofuels, as part of the magazine's efforts to highlight accomplishments by women in the area of clean technology, a traditionally male-dominated field.
Earlier in the year, Kasdin was included among “The Top 100 People in Bioenergy 2011-12” by Biofuels Digest.
Kasdin was also a speaker at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference held April 2012, in Washington, D.C. She shared the progress Proterro is making in developing an economical non-crop-based, noncellulosic, fermentation-ready, clean sugar feedstock that can be used to produce a variety of commercial-scale fuels and chemicals through standard industrial fermentation methods. Field trials indicate that costs could be competitive with alternative sources of sugar, including sugar cane, corn and cellulosic sugars.
Kasdin received a BSE in civil engineering from Princeton in 1985, followed by an MBA from Stanford University. Besides serving as CEO of Proterro, she is a general partner and co-founder of Battelle Ventures and its affiliate Innovation Valley Partners, based in Princeton, New Jersey. Proterro is backed by Battelle Ventures.