Rachel Burton Resume

Rachel Marie Burton
55 Thomas Lane                                 919.321.8260 (w)
Moncure, NC 27559                                919.444.3495 (c)
wrenchwench@blast.com
rachel@biofuels.coop

Summary: A hands on manager who spend her entire professional career involved with combustion engines, community involvement, and sustainability.  Rachel brings real world pragmatic experience to the evolving biodiesel sector.

Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, Director R&D, Laboratory, and Quality Assurance and Co-Founder (2002 – Present)
-Manage all aspects of quality assurance activities
-Responsible for all government compliance activity and permitting requirements.  Oversee design and implementation of laboratory facilities
-Implemented the quality management system and PBI’s BQ9000 accreditation
-Direct all fuel distribution activity.
-Also involved in sales and marketing, publicity, and market development.
-International and national consultant and speaker on biodiesel quality and performance

National Biodiesel Board, Sustainability Taskforce, Technical Committee (2008 – Present)

-Founding and active committee member
-Serve on the National Biodiesel Board Technical committee.
-Conference organizer for the 2007 and 2008 Sustainable Biodiesel Summit

Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro and Sanford, NC 2001- 2006
-Biofuels program Founder and coordinator, and introduced biofuels curriculum within the sustainable agriculture program.
-Established seven new continuing education and curriculum courses.
-Administered State Energy Office Clean Technology Biodiesel demonstration program statewide.
-Automotive Instructor, Huskins Program Director.
-Automotive instructor for NATEF certified vocational program.
-Responsible for the Chatham County campus automotive program.
-Instructor for basic automotive technology, brake systems, electrical systems, and emission controls.
-Organized two national biofuels conference and various workshops.

Alamance Community College, Burlington, NC 2002- 2004
-Automotive instructor.
-Curriculum automotive instructor for college-level NATEF automotive program;
-Instructor for North Carolina State Safety, Emissions, and On-Board Diagnostics inspection courses.

Cooper Family Ford and Webster Chevrolet/Oldsmobile, Inc (2001 – 2002)
-Service technician.
-Managed and performed North Carolina State Safety and Emissions inspections.
-Responsible for maintenance and repairs on customer vehicles including engine repair, brakes systems, drive train, electrical and electronic component diagnosis, and safety/emissions inspections.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, NC 1998-1999
-Exhibit and Volunteer Coordinator, Field Research Associate,
-Coordinated commercial exhibitors for a trade show and a team of volunteers for the14th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
-Implemented interviews, qualitative and quantitative data collection for statewide, natural food retail outlets for inclusion in publications.

Education
-National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sustainable Energy and Education Training, Summer Graduate course, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, 2007.
-Associate Degree in Applied Science; Automotive Systems Technology, Central Carolina Community College, 2001; Dennis Wicker Vocational Honors Scholar
-Continuing Education Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, Central Carolina Community College, 1998
-REAL Business Administration Certificate, Central Carolina Community College, 1997
-B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Liberal Arts, Nutrition Science, 1996
-Biodiesel Production Technology, Analytics and Biodiesel Business Development, Iowa State University, 2003

Honors/Certification
Graduate, Society of Automotive Engineers, Diesel Engine Seminar, 2009
AOCS, American Oil Chemists’ Society: Edible Oil Processing Certification, 2007
National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission, BQ9000 implementation, 2007,2008
Magellan Midstream Biodiesel Quality Certification, 2006
Certification in Photovoltaic Technology, Solar Energy International, 2005
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, Beta Test Course, 2004
Certification in Alternative Fuels, Solar Energy International, 2004
ASE Certification; Electrical and Electronic Systems 2002
AC Delco Certification: Electrical Systems, Fuel Injection Systems, Anti-Lock Brakes, 2001 – 2002

Community Service

Founding member of the North Carolina Biodiesel Association, 2007
Active Member, ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), D2 Committee, 2006
Active Member, AOCS (American Oils Chemists Society), Industrial Oil Products Division, since 2007, Biodiesel Experts Panel
Active Member, SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) 2004, 2006
Board Member, Abundance Foundation, 2007 – Present
Board Member, Pittsboro Farmer’s Market Association 2007 – 2008
Member Advisory Board, Central Carolina Community College, 2004 – Present
Board President, Piedmont Biofuels Cooperative, 2002 -2008
Member, Automotive Dept. Advisory, Alamance Community College, 2002- 2004
Member, Automotive Curriculum Improvement Committee, North Carolina Community College System, 2002-2004
Board Member, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, 2002 – 2004

Seminars and Lectures

• In-depth Biodiesel Production, Use and Plant Design Workshop – 5-day
Intensive Workshop. Coordinator and Lead Instructor. Solar Energy
International. Pittsboro, NC. October 1-5, 2007.

•  Biodiesel Production and Fuel Quality Lecture Series. Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Foundation through the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, Goldsboro, Gaston, and Pittsboro, NC Fall 2007

• Basics of Biodiesel Production and Fuel Quality for Agricultural Producers – 1-day course. Sponsored by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
North Carolina State Univeristy, Raleigh, NC. March 2006.

• In-depth Biodiesel Production, Use and Plant Design Workshop – 5-day
Intensive Workshop. Coordinator and Lead Instructor. Solar Energy
International. Pittsboro, NC. October 2-6, 2006.

• In-depth Biodiesel Production, Use and Plant Design Workshop – 5-day
Intensive Workshop. . Solar Energy International. Carbondale, Co May, 2006.

• In-depth Biodiesel Production, Use and Plant Design Workshop – 5-day
Intensive Workshop. Coordinator and Lead Instructor. Solar Energy
International. Boulder, Colorado June, 2005.

Publications

Xiaohu Fan, Rachel Burton, Greg Austic, “Enzymatic Conversion of Brown Grease to Biodiesel in a Solvent-free Medium”, Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, 2010, accepted;

Xiaohu Fan, Rachel Burton and Greg Austic, “Conversion of degummed soybean oil to biodiesel-optimization of degumming methods and evaluation of fuel properties”, International Journal of Green Energy, 7: 593-599, 2010.

Rachel Burton, Xiaohu Fan and Greg Austic,Evaluation of Two-step Reaction and Enzyme Catalysis Approaches for Biodiesel Production from Spent Coffee Grounds”, International Journal of Green Energy, 7: 530-536, 2010.

Xiaohu Fan, Rachel Burton and Greg Austic, “Preparation and Characterization of Biodiesel Produced from Fish Oil”, Chemistry and Technology of Fuels and Oils, 46(5): 287-293, 2010.

Xiaohu Fan, Rachel Burton and Yongchang Zhou, “Glycerol (Byproduct of Biodiesel Production) as a Source for Fuels and Chemicals-Mini Review”, The Open Fuels & Energy Science Journal, 3: 17-22, 2010.

Xiaohu Fan, Rachel Burton and Greg Austic, “Preparation and Characterization of Biodiesel Produced from Recycled Canola Oil”, The Open Fuels & Energy Science Journal, 2: 113-118, 2009.

Xiaohu Fan and Rachel Burton, “Recent Development of Biodiesel Feedstocks and the Applications of Glycerol: A Review”, The Open Fuels & Energy Science Journal, 2:100-109, 2009.

Real World Experinces from a Small Biodiesel Production Facility.  Inform Magazine,  September 2007

Marc ter Horst, Stephanie Urbin, Rachel Burton, and Christina MacMillan Using proton nuclear magnetic resonance as a rapid response research tool for methyl ester characterization in biodiesel. Lipid Technology February 2009, Vol. 21, No. 2

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