Fre Tachea

Senior Process Engineer

Fre has more than nine years of industry experience in the field of biofuels and biochemicals. She brings to ABPDU deep expertise in many areas of biochemical conversion including fermentation, deconstruction, techno-economic analysis, and feasibility studies for different biofuel production. At ABPDU, Fre leads projects on process development, optimization and scale-up for recombinant cellulase and secretome bacterial community production and purification. She manages a variety of projects ranging from recovery of neutral lipids and bio-polymers to validation studies for immobilized biocatalyst in batch, fed-batch, and continuous mode. Fre directs big campaigns for the production of high-cell-density fermentation and cell free reaction at 300L scale. She also works with the team for a recombinant yeast-derived advanced biofuel intermediate production and scale-up.

Education

  • MS in Chemical Engineering, San Jose State University, California
  • BS in Chemical Engineering, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

Professional Experience

  • Process Development Engineer, Zeachem Inc
  • Bioprocess Engineer, Cobalt Technologies
  • Chemical Engineer, Project GAIA Inc
  • Research Assistant, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group
  • Intern Production Support, Meta Abo Brewery

 

Patents, Awards & Recognition

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory SPOT recognition award, March 2014

Notable Papers and Publications

  • Indoor Air Quality Impacts of an Improved Wood Stove in Ghana and an Ethanol Stove in Ethiopia
  • Boiling Point, Monitoring & Evaluation Case Study Scenario
  • Scale-Up of Fermentation Process for Production of Bisabolene, a Novel Advanced Biofuel Precursor
  • Process Development and Scale-up of Ionic Liquid Tolerant Cellulase Cocktail Production
  • Extractive Fermentation for the Production of Saccaromycees-derived Bisabolene
  • Scale-Up of Fermentation Process for Production of Bisabolene, a Novel Advanced Biofuel Precursor
  • Process Development and Scale-up of Ionic Liquid Tolerant Cellulase Cocktail Production

Professional Memberships & Certifications

  • Member, AIChE
  • Member, ETHOS