JOS… A. OLIVARES, PH.D.
Program Manager, Biofuels Initiatives
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jose Olivares serves as Deputy Division Leader for the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which includes 200 scientific staff and $60 million in programs. In this position, Olivares provides technical management and leadership for the Division. He is responsible for developing strategic direction for the science programs within the Division and leading specific program development efforts. Olivares has extensive experience with private industry and serves as consultant and officer for several small companies and government agencies. One of Olivaresí passions is technology commercialization. Towards this end, Olivares is leading efforts within his Division for effective technology maturation, collaborative development with industry and licensing. In addition, Olivares is Lead Project Manager for the LANL Biofuels Initiative (Office of Biomass Programs) managing a cross-Laboratory team of over 50 investigators and managers, developing a roadmap for the Laboratory, and developing strategic partnerships for a coalition with other national laboratories, industry, academia and regional states. He is the current Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a consortium of over 30 institutions recently awarded a $44M program by DOE-EERE.
Olivares serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Biofuels Association and the New Mexico Biomedical and Biotechnology Association. He is also occasionally consults for several government agencies and industrial organizations.
Olivares received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wilkes College, and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University. His research focus has been primarily in instrumentation for mass spectrometry and biological and chemical sensor development for national security and health related applications.