Iowa State University

Kurt A. Rosentrater

Kurt A. Rosentrater

Associate Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering / Executive Director, Distillers Grains Technology Council

Dr. Kurt Rosentrater is the Executive Director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council. This organization began in 1945, and focuses on education and outreach on best practices for gaining value from spent grains from fermentation, including beverage and biofuel processing. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, and a visiting professor at Polytech Montpellier and ISARA Lyon in France. For over two decades he has been working to improve the sustainability of beverage, biofuel, grain, feed, food, and agricultural-based systems. He has been developing sustainable, economical co-products and value-added products, such as enhanced feeds, foods, biofuels, bioplastics, biocomposites, industrial intermediates, and ingredients. A key component to these efforts is life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis in order to understand and improve environmental impacts as well as reduce costs.