AS, Joliet Junior College, 1959; Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, 1962; Doctor of Science, Washington University, 1966.
Development engineer Petrolite Corporation, Webster Groves, Missouri, 1962-1964. Senior development engineer A.E. Staley Company, Decatur, Illinois, 1965-1967, research manager chemical division, 1967-1975, department director research division, 1975-1987. Vice president product and process technical Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa, 1987-2000, Biobased Industrial Products Consulting, since 2000.
Advisory council adult vocational education State of Illinois, Springfield, 1983—1987. Member organizing committee Annual Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, 1985—1997. Departmental visiting committee botany department University Texas, Austin, 1986—1999.
Member applied science advisory council Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1987—1997. Chairman review committee Solar Energy Research Institute, Golden, Colorado, 1988—1989. Member Science and Industry Advisory Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, 1993—1999.
Member Board on Higher Education in the Workforce National Research Council, 2001—2008. Member science advisory board Mascoma Corporation, since 2006.
Staff sergeant United States Air Force, 1953-1957. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry, AIChE, American Chemical Society, National Academy Engineering, Institute Food Technology, American Legion, Rotary.
Married Virginia A. Wesoloski, September 3, 1960. Children: Joyce E., Janis M., Jolene G., Jay R.