Renewable Energy project management, technology assessment, and grant writing
Company Profile




Sumesh Arora, President



Sumesh Arora appointed by the Honorable Governor Haley Barbour to
Mississippi on the Governor's Ethanol Coalition (June 20, 2006)


Sumesh Arora selected among "TOP 40 UNDER 40" by the Mississippi Business Journal




Professional Experience


Mississippi Technology Alliance - Director of Strategic Biomass Initiative

Sumesh was selected for this position in July 2005, to head a $4.2 million project which is partly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is focused on commercialization of late-stage or near-term biomass related technologies that will further the "biorefinery" concept.


Mississippi Technology Alliance - Mississippi Alternative Energy Enterprise (MAEE)

Project Development Engineer

Evaluate technical and financial feasibility, and provide oversight for energy projects based on solar, wind, biomass, and green power resources.  Assess pre-commercial and commercial energy technologies.  Develop markets for alternative energy products and renewable fuels.  Liaison with utilities, industry, academia, government, and non-profit organizations. Publish magazine articles and give numerous presentations on energy issues.  Wrote state and federal grants for projects totaling $1.6 million.


Sumesh represents the 10-state southeast region on the Energy Committee of the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils.

This committee is responsible for researching and reporting on the use of biomass technologies that are suitable for rural America and will help protect soil and water resources and stimulate local economies.  The Energy Committee members work in conjunction with the Community Development team members.


Mississippi Development Authority - Energy Division, Jackson, Mississippi

Contract Engineer: Evaluated energy consumption patterns for commercial sites and recommended energy efficiency measures.  Served on the Landfill Methane Outreach Program committee.



(formerly) Mississippi Chemical Corporation (MCC), R&D Division, Yazoo City, Mississippi

Positions: Research Project Leader, Senior Instrument Specialist, Chemical Microscopist


Significant Accomplishments

  • Research on molybdate-based corrosion inhibitors enabled MCC to be the first in the fertilizer industry to adopt an improved formulation for nitrogen based liquid fertilizers.
  • Devised a tank management program for aboveground fertilizer storage tanks that was adopted by the company and some of its largest customers.
  • Technical analysis saved about $1 million in potential downtime and repairs on a co-gen turbine.
  • Purchased and setup a state-of- the-art Electron Microscopy Laboratory valued at $450,000.


Project Management and Customer Service

  •       Lead various Product Quality teams yielding process cost savings of about $100,000 per year.
  •       Participated in a "Leadership Series" that included workshops on key management issues.
  •       Provided technical support for manufacturing facilities and customers nationwide.
  •       Lead cross-functional teams of several employees to visit customers and evaluate their needs.
  •       Worked directly with Sales to develop methods and surveys for improving customer satisfaction.
  •       Supported field sales by providing value-added services and educational seminars to customers.
  •       Setup a system for tracking customer complaints and reporting results more efficiently.
  •       Conducted safety seminars and inspections to comply with laboratory OSHA regulations.



Education and Honors

Fall 2009         Doctor of Philosophy in International Development

(Expected)      University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Besides economic development, this program focuses on the social, political, and technological aspects of development as well.  This is a unique "hybrid-delivery" doctoral program that uses the Internet as well as in-person classroom and fieldtrip meetings to educate the students.  His research interests include the evaluation renewable energy technology adoption and the biotechnology sector in India.  His dissertation is focused on looking at innovation among the smaller Indian biotech companies.


Dec 1990        Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering

                       University of CentralFlorida (UCF), Orlando, Florida

                       Thesis: Environmental Degradation of High Temperature (Tc) Superconductors



May 1988       Bachelor of Science in Engineering, UCF                                                        

                       Major: Electrical Engineering                               Minor: Computer Science

                       Engineer Intern Certification (EIT) from the FloridaState Board of Professional Engineers



June 1984        Associate of Arts, LakeCityCommunity College, Lake City, Florida

                       Graduated Cum Laude; elected to Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society




Publications and Presentation List

                  Also see list under "Past Events" on the         


                 "Bioenergy and the Environment: A Mississippi Perspective", Air and Waste Management

                  Association: Southern Chapter Regional Meeting, August 4, 2004, Biloxi, Mississippi


                 "Can You Soy Diesel", Mississippi Farm Country, Vol. 80, No. 4, July/August 2004, p 15.          


                 "Alternative Energy Projects in Mississippi", Mississippi Farm Bureau Annual Meeting,

                 July 8, 2004, Jackson, Mississippi


                 "Southern Fried Diesel", Pointe Innovation, Spring 2004, pp 23-24


                 "Biofuels in Mississippi" Regional Energy Environment Transportation

                  Integration Seminar, June 2-3, 2003, Raymond, Mississippi


                 "Mississippi Biodiesel Feasibility Study", Mississippi Annual Renewable Energy

                  Conference, March 25-26, 2003, Jackson, Mississippi


                 "Effect of Processing Parameters on the Environmental Stability of

                  YBaCuO Superconductor " Journal of Material. Science, Vol. 28, (1993), pp 454-460.


                 "Electrochemical Etching of High Tc Superconductor Material ",

                  Journal of Material. Science: Materials in Electronics, Vol. 3, (1992), pp 26-28.


                 "Effect of Varying Sputtering Power Levels on Y-Ba-Cu-O Film Composition"

                  Phys. Stat. Sol. (A), Vol. 126, 1991, pp 377-381.


                 "Electrochemical Etching of High Tc Superconductor Material" 

                  177th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society, May 6-11, 1990; Montreal, Quebec,



                 "Humidity Exposure Studies on Y-Ba-Cu Oxide Superconductors"

                  CORROSION '90, April 23-27, 1990; Las Vegas, Nevada.


                 "Environmental Degradation of High Tc Superconducting Materials"

                  175th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society, May 7-12, 1989;

                 Los Angeles, California, J. Electrochem. Soc. 136, 238c, 1989.


                 "RF Sputter Deposition of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O Thin Films"

                  175th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society, May 7-12, 1989;

                  Los Angeles, California, J. Electrochem. Soc. 136, 238c, 1989.


                 "Environmental Degradation of High Tc Superconductors"

                  CORROSION '89, April 17-21, 1989; New Orleans, Louisiana.


                 "Fractal Formation of YBaCuO Thin Film on SrTiO3 "

                  Rapid Communications, Phys. Rev. B40, No. 4,  1 August, 1989,

                  pp 2627-2630.


                 "Studies on Environmental Degradation of High Tc Superconductors"

                  Seventh Annual Meeting of the Florida Society for Electron Microscopy,

                  April 13-14, 1989; Gainesville, Florida.           

                  J. Electron Microscopy Technique, 13:334-337, 1989.


                 "Electron Microprobe Analysis of RF Sputtered High Tc  Superconducting Thin Films "

                  18th Annual Applied Vacuum Science & Technology Symposium,

                  Feb. 6 - 8, 1989Clearwater Beach, FL.



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