EcoIgnite Staff

Serpil Guran

Serpil Guran is the Director of Rutgers EcoComplex “Clean Energy Innovation Center” and also manages the new RutgersX “EcoIgnite: Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator” program. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a center for the commercialization of environmental and clean energy technologies. She teaches online classes in “Sustainability Decision Tools” and “Introduction to Bioenergy technologies” and also teaches a Critical Thinking course with Rutgers Educational Opportunities Fund program that uses the food-energy-water nexus as an application study. 

Dr. Guran is trained in thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals. She specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuel and recycling technologies, and life cycle analysis of clean energy systems and clean fuel production systems. Currently, she is working on the synergy of the food-energy-water nexus and waste by promoting integration of organic waste into the development of a closed-loop bio-economy model.  Dr. Guran has authored more than 25 scientific articles and holds a U.S. patent.  She has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Anadolu University in Turkey and a PhD in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Fuel and Energy Technology from the University of Leeds, UK

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David Specca, Assistant Director for Bioenergy Technologies & Controlled Environment Ag

David Specca has worked for the past 19 years on small and large scale bioenergy projects at the Rutgers EcoComplex. His activities include identifying, demonstrating and promoting appropriate renewable energy technologies. Currently, his projects include working on technologies in landfill gas cleanup and utilization, microturbine co-generation, anaerobic digestion, ethanol production, biodiesel, and pyrolysis. As part of the clean energy and environmental business development activities of the EcoComplex, Dave is a member of the NJ Business Incubator Network, the Rutgers Energy Institute, the Sustainable Energy Work Group, Secretary of the NJ Solid Waste Association of North America, and Past Chair of the Clean Energy Alliance (a nationwide network of clean energy incubator facilities). He was part of the NJAES team that produced the “Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential in NJ” and has written a paper looking at crop based bioenergy in NJ, “Opportunities for Agricultural-based Bioenergy in New Jersey, a case study of switchgrass and field corn”. 

Dave directs the activities of the EcoComplex Greenhouse, a one-acre state-of-the-art hydroponic vegetable facility powered by two landfill gas to energy technologies. He has consulted for many urban agriculture businesses including the Vinegar Factory in Manhattan, Branch Brook Park Greenhouse in Newark, and Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia. Dave also helps on his family’s pick-your-own vegetable farm in Burlington County, NJ.

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Lori Dars

Lori Dars is the Associate Director in the Office of Economic Development and provides business support for EcoIgnite.  She oversees programs and events that facilitate collaborations between the university, industry, and government and is an essential member of the development team for Innovation Park@Rutgers.  Lori works with stakeholder groups and regional networks to identify projects that can build on current capabilities and resources to further develop entrepreneurship programs throughout the university, local community, and state.

Previously, she was a member of the Technology Commercialization Office as part of the New Ventures & Entrepreneurship team. Her responsibilities included providing guidance to faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs on funding programs and resources to encourage start-up company activity at Rutgers. In addition she was the marketing lead for numerous events and activities related to entrepreneurship at the university.  In this capacity she worked (and continues to work) with both internal groups and external organizations in growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Rutgers and in the regional.  Prior to joining Rutgers, Lori worked in various industry positions in marketing and corporate communications, overseeing activities for a variety of products and services.  She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

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