Profile Picture

J. Richard Hess, Ph.D.

Director, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office Program (EERE)

Research Areas:
Bioenergy Technologies


Dr. Hess has recently taken on the role of  Director of  the EERE Program Office. He oversees and leads development of top level strategic planning between EEST and DOE EERE to ensure high impact, integrated, and objective-driven EERE programs at INL. Richard is also the acting Director for the Systems Science and Engineering Division, which includes the departments of Systems Analyses and Engineering and Environmental  and Geological Engineering. Richard managed INL’s Bioenergy Program, which focused on the cost-effective use of lignocellulosic crop residues in biorefining operations. He oversaw the preparation of a higher-value biomass feedstock, and also managed the design and construction of one of DOE’s five biomass demonstration units. Hess holds a doctorate in plant sciences from Utah State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in botany from Brigham Young University. Following graduate school, he served as an Agriculture Congressional Science Fellow in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Thomas Daschle. In this role, he supported many important national agriculture research issues, including new and industrial uses of agricultural products, federal grain inspection standards and plant variety protection.


​Ph.D., Plant Science - Utah State University

M.S., Botany - Brigham Young University

B.S., Botany - Brigham Young University

American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America
​Hess JR, Kenney KL, Wright CT, Perlack R, Turhollow A (TBD) Corn stover availability for biomass conversion: situation analysis. Cellulose (Accepted for publication Spring 2009).

Hess JR, Kenney KL, Ovard L, Searcy EM, Wright CT (2009) Uniform-format solid feedstock supply system: a commodity-scale design to produce an infrastructure-compatible bulk solid from lignocellulosic biomass. INL/EXT-08-14752 (Accessed 6 May 2009).

Hess JR, Wright C, Kenney KL (2007) Cellulosic biomass feedstocks and logistics for ethanol production. Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining 1:181-190 (Accessed 15 may 2009).

Fales SL, Wilhelm WW, Hess JR (2007) Convergence of agriculture and energy II: Producing cellulosic biomass for biofuels. Ames, Iowa: Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, 2007.

Mann, N. R.,  R. S. Herbst, V. Kochergin, J. R. Hess (2004) “A Concept for Enhanced Flux, Erosion Resistant Membranes for Biomass Separations,” Filtration Journal, Submitted for publication, 2004.

Wright, Christopher T., Peter A. Pryfogle, Nathan A. Stevens, Eric D. Steffler, J. Richard Hess, and Thomas H. Ulrich (2004).  Biomechanics of Wheat/Barley Straw and Corn Stover.  The 26th Symposium of Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals held in Chattanooga, TN. May 9-12, 2004.

Houghton, T.P., D.N. Thompson, J.R. Hess, J.A. Lacey, M.P. Wolcott, A. Schirp, K. Englund, D. Dostal, and F. Loge. (2004).  Fungal upgrading of wheat straw for straw-thermoplastics production. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol., 113-116:71-93.

Hess JR, Foust TD, Wright L, Sokhansanj S, Cushman JH, Easterly JL, Erbach DC, Hettenhaus JR, Hoskinson RL, Sheehan JJ, Tagore S, Thompson DN, Turhollow A (2003) Roadmap for agriculture biomass feedstock supply in the United States. DOE/NE-ID-11129  (Accessed 6 May 2009).
Hoskinson, R. L., J. R. Hess, K. L. Kenney, J. M. Svoboda, and T. D. Foust, 2004,  "Method and Apparatus for Selectively Harvesting Multiple Components of a Plant Material", Patent No. 6,729,951,  May 4, 2004.

Hoskinson, R. L., D. N. Bingham, J. M. Svoboda, and J. R. Hess,  2003,  "Systems and methods for Autonomously Controlling Agricultural Machinery", Patent No. 6,591,145, July 8, 2003.

Hoskinson, R. L., J. M. Svoboda, J. W. Sawyer, J. R. Hess and J. R. Hess, 2002, "Measuring Spatial Variability in Soil Characteristics",  Patent No. 6,497,153, December 24, 2002.

Svoboda, J.M., D.J. Harker, J.R. Hess, and R.L Hoskinson, 2002.  "Methods and Systems for Seed Planting Management and Control", Patent No. 6,386,128, May 14, 2002.
Version: 13.0
Created at 6/9/2015 9:54 AM by Brendi M. Heath
Last modified at 6/23/2016 10:03 AM by