Jordan Funkhouser

Manager

Jordan joined the Center for Crops Utilization Research as the manager in May 2020.  Jordan has expertise in pilot scale research, project coordination and personal relations.  Jordan's role as manager is to facilitate multidisciplinary research projects. This includes both university and private industry sector projects. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations with in CCUR and to ensure the facility is well maintained and functioning properly and safely. He coordinates all the installation of new equipment and schedules use of multi-user equipment.

Jordan was the assistant manager of the BioCentury Research Farm from 2017-2020. He began his working career at the BioCentury Research Farm in 2010 as the pilot plant specialist and lead operator and technician for the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (Bioeconomy Institute) pilot scale thermochemical plants. In this role, he managed the day-to-day operations for multiple unique pilot-scale systems, such as the fast pyrolysis unit, the bubbling fluidized bed gasifier, and the solvent liquefaction unit. He routinely operated, maintained, and upgraded these systems. He participated in the commissioning of complex research development units through private industry partnerships. Jordan was also responsible for managing the daily tasks of undergraduate employees to assist with graduate research projects and government-funded research. Jordan procured and prepared feedstocks of all kinds both received and processed at the BioCentury Research Farm.

Area of Expertise: 
Pilot Plant Operations
Multidisciplinary Research Projects
Education: 
B.S., Aviation Science, Utah Valley University, 2011
Contact
515-294-3572
1041 Food Sciences Building
Ames
IA
50011