Sumesh Arora, Ph.D.Vice President
Director of Strategic Biomass Solutions
Sumesh Arora, Ph.D., serves as vice president of Innovate Mississippi and the director for Innovate Mississippi's Strategic Biomass Solutions program.
Previously, he served as a project development engineer for Innovate Mississippi's Mississippi Alternative Energy Enterprise, where he was responsible for connecting a home in North Mississippi powered by solar and wind energy to TVA’s utility grid. This is the first such home in all of TVA’s seven-state service area. Sumesh is a firm believer in the efficient use of energy, generated by both traditional and non-traditional means.
In 2006, Sumesh was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to represent Mississippi on the Governor’s Ethanol Coalition. In 2005, Sumesh was named as a Top 40 Under 40 business leader in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. He has secured state and federal grants amounting to $1.1 million for renewable energy projects over the last two years. Sumesh has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences and has several journal publications.
Prior to joining Innovate Mississippi, he was employed at Mississippi Chemical Corporation (now Terra) in Yazoo City for 12 years in the research and development division. Some of the innovative analytical methods utilized by Sumesh, including a tank corrosion mitigation program, have resulted in savings of more than $1 million in potential downtime and repairs for the company and its customers. He was also involved in a corporate effort to develop methods for measuring customer satisfaction. He has more than 13 years of experience in the use of analytical instruments such as scanning electron microscopes (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDX), x-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and particle size analysis (PSA).
Sumesh also served as a contract engineer for the Mississippi Development Authority’s energy division, where he evaluated and developed renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with the overall goal of sustainable development. He was also responsible for implementing the first biodiesel demonstration project in the Lauderdale County school buses.
Sumesh completed the doctoral program in International Development at The University of Southern Mississippi in December 2010. His research interests are focused on diffusion of innovation and technology adoption issues, technical and economic feasibility of poultry litter anaerobic digestion and inter-organizational collaboration. His dissertation was entitled “Influence of Policy and Finance Environments on the Business Strategy of Biotechnology Companies in India.”
Sumesh graduated with a master in materials science and engineering from the University of Central Florida and has a strong background in materials characterization and corrosion studies. His graduate research involved studies of high temperature superconducting ceramic materials.
Sumesh obtained his Bachelor of Science in engineering with a major in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science also from the University of Central Florida. He graduated Cum Laude from Lake City Community College, Florida and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He attended high schools in Bangkok, Thailand and New Delhi, India.
Sumesh resides in Madison with his wife and two children.
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