Mike Haas

Haas is nationally recognized as a leader in biodiesel research. As a biochemist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, he and his team develop new biodiesel production methods, develop and apply new assays to determine purity, create process models to estimate the operating costs of various production methods, explore new uses for byproducts generated during production, and investigate problems that develop during use of this new fuel in the real world. Formerly president of the American Oil Chemists Society, Haas describes himself as a kid at heart, always waiting for the final bell with his nose pressed against the window so he can go outside to play. In his spare time, Haas organizes and leads teams to restore forests and fields, improving animal habitat.