Hugh McLaughlin has a BS in Chemistry (Harvey Mudd College, 1976) in addition to an MS (USC, 1978) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988). He is an expert in biochar and activated carbon and is a leader in the rapidly developing field of biochar, the precursor to all activated carbon products. He has developed proprietary technology in the production and characterization of these materials, with many years of experience in development and implementation of these new processing technologies on a commercial scale. He has presented at national conferences on biochar and published extensively on the characterization of biochar based on measurable physical properties of the end products. From 2009 to 2013, he served as Director of Biocarbon Research for Alterna Biocarbon, Inc.