Karl is the CEO/President and Founder of Mercurius Biorefining Inc. a company formed to develop and commercialize transformational technology. The technology efficiently converts biomass into drop-in biofuels and green chemicals. Karl has spent most of his career in the petroleum refining field as a process engineer. He has held design, technical services, optimization, and operations management positions with three oil companies: Conoco, Sunoco, and Clark. After working for a mid-sized engineering firm, Karl started his own process consulting service in 2001 to provide optimization services to the petroleum industry. He received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas.