Link Shumaker Resume

James Link Shumaker Jr.

938 Bill Thomas Rd.                                                  Phone:  (859) 576-2995
Moncure, NC 27559                                                  e-mail:

Objective    My goal is to acquire work experience that will creatively broaden my foundation as an engineer in a worthwhile area that contributes to a healthier safer future for this planet.  I hope to fulfill this goal by furthering biofuel applications and understanding.

Education        1998-2002     University of Kentucky College of Engineering
* Bachelor’s of Science Chemical Engineering
Magna Cum Laude (GPA: 3.73)
* GRE Scores: Verbal-570, Quant-690, Analytical-580
* Passed Fundamentals of Engineering exam

2005-2007    University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural
Engineering Master’s Program
* Biodiesel Research Assistant (GPA: 3.80)
Memberships    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society (Inducted Fall 2001)
Alpha Epsilon Biological and Agricultural Engineering Honor Society (Inducted Spring 2006)

Experience        2009-present Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC    Pittsboro, NC
Title: Safety and Morale Custodian
Responsibilities: Developing and implementing a culture and mindset of
industrial safety that is accompanied by a high sense of

2007- 2008 Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC    Pittsboro, NC
Title: Fuel Production Manager
Responsibilities: In charge of all normal production responsibilities, including
production scheduling, materials ordering, records keeping,
and ensuring that all product dispatched to terminal meets
specifications.  Hired and worked with production assistants
on daily operations and carried responsibility for discussing
production issues with the quality management review team.

2004-05 (July-July) Kentucky Division for Air Quality,
Permit Review Branch – Metallurgy    Frankfort, KY
Title: Environmental Engineer Assistant I
Responsibilities:  Processed and reviewed chemical plant permit applications
and renewals. Analyzed plant emissions, prepared Pollutants
of Concern charts (math intensive spreadsheets), applied state
and federal regulations, and compiled reports.

2003 (Jan-June)    Biobay Conservation Group        Vieques, PR
Title: Environmental Monitoring Lab Manager
Responsibilities: Analyzed marine data searching for trends and organized the
water chemistry information into an updatable database
(MS Access) for ease of management.

Presentations and

J. L. Shumaker, C. Crofcheck, M. Crocker, M. Montross, A Tackett.  2006.  Evaluation of heterogeneous catalysts for improved biodiesel production. Presented at the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Portland, OR.  ASABE No. 066143.

J. L. Shumaker, C. Crofcheck, A. Tackett, E. Santillan-Jimenez, and M. Crocker.  2007.  Biodiesel production from soybean oil using calcined Li-Al layered double hydroxide catalysts.  Catalysis Letters 115(1-2): 56-61.

J. L. Shumaker, C. Crofcheck, A. Tackett, T. Morgan, E. Santillan-Jimenez, and M. Crocker. 2007. Biodiesel synthesis using calcined layered double hydroxide catalysts – submitted to Applied Catalysis journal June.

Crofcheck, C., M. Crocker, J. Shumaker, M. Montross.  2007.  Biodiesel production from soybean oil using calcined layered double hydroxide catalysts. Annual Institute of Biological Engineering Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Interests and
Hobbies    Alternative energy research (especially biodiesel), farming sustainability concepts and practices, diverting wastes from landfills, dumpster diving, guitar playing, gardening, bike riding, backpacking and camping, teaching, reading

References        Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC
Lyle Estill, President
(919) 321-8260 email

Kentucky Division for Air Quality
John Lyons, Division Director
Former employer
(502) 573-3382 x 391 e-mail

University of Kentucky College of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Czarena Crofcheck, PhD., Assistant Professor
Graduate school academic advisor
(859) 257-3000 x 212  e-mail

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