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Clean tech expert George Willis Huber will keynote WiSys SPARK Symposium

OSHKOSH—Dr. George Willis Huber, one of the most highly cited and internationally recognized leaders in the field of renewable energy, chemical engineering and catalysis, will deliver a keynote speech at the 2023 WiSys SPARK Symposium.

The symposium, which celebrates research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the UW System, will take place at UW Oshkosh, Aug. 6-8. You can register for the event at

“We are excited for Dr. Huber to inspire our audience of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “We’re excited for him to share his successful journey researching clean technology at UW-Madison.”

Huber’s keynote is titled “From Test Tube to Tones: Commercializing Clean Technology.” 

He is the Richard Antoine Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focus is the design of disruptive technologies for the conversion of biomass, waste plastics and waste resources into fuels and chemicals.

The Huber Research Group at UW-Madison is studying low-carbon technology for the circular economy and designing new technologies to:

  • Produce commodity chemicals from biomass. 
  • Recycle previously unrecyclable plastics.
  • Produce low carbon gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.  

Huber is co-founder of Anellotech and Pyran. He is the director of the Center on Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP). He did a postdoctoral stay with Avelino Corma at the Technical Chemical Institute at the Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain (UPV-CSIC); obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005); and obtained his B.S. (1999) and M.S.(2000) degrees from Brigham Young University.


The WiSys SPARK Symposium is where research, innovation and entrepreneurship collide. The annual event brings together the best and brightest faculty, staff, students and alumni from across the UW System to network, collaborate and celebrate great ideas.

Program highlights include:

  • WiSys’ student research communication competition the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final.
  • A student research poster and innovation showcase.
  • Faculty research talks.
  • Expert panels on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

The registration deadline for the symposium is July 21. You can register at


WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.