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Leslie Ovard

Bioenergy Specialist

Research Areas:
Bioenergy Technologies

Leslie Ovard has been at INL since 2006, when she was a proposal and R&D publications specialist for Battelle Energy Alliance. Since 2013 she has been involved with BioenergizeME, the Bioenergy Technology Office’s education and workforce development program for students, educators and others seeking to better understand the promises and challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. BioenergizeME has since evolved to focus on career development, and works to improve public access to information about domestic bioenergy production and related U.S. opportunities. BioenergizeME supports educational and vocational programs relevant to sustainable production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. Leslie holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Idaho State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from University of Idaho.


M.A., Environmental Science - University of Idaho

​M.A., English - Idaho State University

B.S., English Lewis-Clark State College


​U.S. Department of Energy. 2012. DOE-EERE Office of Biomass (2011) Transforming Biomass to Feedstock: Densification Workshop Report. LP Ovard, KL Kenney (eds.). INL/EXT-11-23753. Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID.

Hess JR, Jacobson JJ, Karlen DL, Muth Jr DJ, Nelson RG, Ovard LP, Searcy EM, Ulrich TH (2010) Biofuels, Agriculture, and Land Use Issues. The Food versus Fuel Debate: An Informed Introduction to Biofuels. Zed Books: London.

Hess JR, KL Kenney, L Park Ovard, EM Searcy, CT Wright. 2009. Uniform-Format Solid Feedstock Supply System: A Commodity-Scale Design to Produce an Infrastructure-Compatible Bulk Solid from Lignocellulosic Biomass. Idaho National Laboratory. INL/EXT-08-14752.

U.S. Department of Energy. 2010. DOE-EERE Office of Biomass (2010) billion-ton study update “high-yield scenario” workshop series summary report. LP Ovard, TH Ulrich, DJ Muth Jr, JR Hess, S Thomas, BJ Stokes (eds.). INL/EXT-10- 18930. Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID.


A Wolfe, LP Ovard. 2016. “U.S. Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge: Creative Methods to Explore Energy Literacy.” Session Presentation. NSTA Area Conference, Champions of Science: A Game Plan for the Future, Columbus OH Dec 1-3, 2016.

S Dillard, LP Ovard, Z Peterson, A Wolfe, S Zarret. 2016. “Incorporating Bioenergy into Science Curriculums: BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge” Poster Session. NABT Professional Development Conference, Nov 3-6, 2016.

L Park Ovard. 2011. “Biomass producers at the confluence of markets and sustainability.” Session Presentation. 74th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, July 28-31, 2011, Boise, ID.
L Park Ovard. “World-Class Service ‘Customer Interface’ Experiment.” INL Technical Publications Brown Bag, May 28, 2010.

L Park Ovard. “Scientific Documents and Publications: From Promising Idea to Brilliant Discovery.” BYU-Idaho Visiting Speaker Seminar, Science Department, March 4, 2010.

L Park Ovard. “Community-Centered, Commodity-Scaled: Uniform-Format Biomass Feedstock Supply System for Sustainable Bioenergy” Poster Session. 72nd Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, July 30 to August 2, 2009, Madison, WI

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