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Scientific Advisors

Michael D. Moore, Consultant and Industry Expert

Mr. Moore brings a nationally recognized expertise on biosolids to Gate 5 Energy Partners, Inc. as a scientific advisor. Mike's professional carrier in this industry started researching the effect of organic solids on the environment while working as a Marine Scientist for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project in the mid-1970s. Mike continued the research to include the terrestrial environment through the 1980s and 1990s while working at the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) and became nationally recognized as a leader in "Sustainable Biosolids Management" while working at OCSD as the Manager of Environmental Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. Upon leaving OCSD in 2009, Mike became the National Biosolids Lead for HDR and served in that position until his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Moore has chaired State and National Committees on Residuals and Biosolids, Government Affairs, Environmental Management Systems, and Odor Management. Mike has also served on numerous state and federal task forces regarding all aspects of municipal and agricultural residuals management including energy production from these residuals and currently is on a steering committee for the National Biosolids Partnership (a partnership between the U.S. [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)], the Water Environment Federation, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies).

Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D., Professor at University of California, Irvine

Dr. Samuelsen is a UCI Medal holder and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where he serves as the Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and as the Director of APEP. Dr. Samuelson's research is directed to fuel cells and fuel cell systems for stationary applications; the hydrogen infrastructure for mobile hydrogen-fueled combustion and fuel cell vehicles; and the development of advanced high efficiency and low emission combustion technology. Scott directs anchor research on advanced coal and natural gas power plants for the co-production of electricity and transportation fuels for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); distributed generation and information technology research for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD); hydrogen refueling research for the South Coast Air Quality Management District; advanced energy systems research for the California Energy Commission (CEC); and hydrogen-fueled vehicle market research with the University of California Institute for Transportation Studies.

Dr. Samuelsen heads the successful "Universities for Fuel Cells" initiative for the DOE, DOD, and co-chairs the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative. Scott's energy expertise is based on 40 years of combustion research working with strategic alliances involving industry with applications to gas turbine propulsion, gas turbine electronic power generation, and combustion distributed generation resources.

Larry Dees, Professional Engineer

Mr. Dees is a registered civil engineer with more than three decades of engineering, municipal water, and wastewater operations and management experience. Larry brings an important combination of private industry and public sector experience to Gate 5 Energy Partners, Inc. In the early years of his professional career, Larry served as an engineering consultant, performing water and wastewater planning studies, and design work. Larry led the engineering, operations and maintenance functions for Moulton Niguel Water District, including managing a $7.5 million annual capital replacement and refurbishment program. In addition, he has been responsible for the planning, design, and construction of more than $120 million in water and wastewater facility projects.

Mr. Dees has been responsible for many technological innovations and computerization of many operational and management functions in the water and wastewater industries. Larry is an inventory of the company's technology. He obtained his bachelor of science in civil engineering from University of California at Los Angeles and obtained his master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Thomas L. Stephenson, Professional Engineer

Mr. Stephenson served 10 years at the Moulton Niguel Water District in Laguna Niguel, California, including 4 years as Director of Engineering. Tom has more than 40 years of experience in water and wastewater resources. After graduating from UCI, Tom began his career with wastewater research projects at Irvine Ranch Water District. Tom is a Grade IV wastewater treatment plant operator. Tom has prepared and obtained funding for a variety of recycled water and sludge management programs in California and Colorado.

Business Advisor - Gavin S. Herbert

Mr. Herbert is the chairman emeritus of Allergan, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California. Allergan is a global healthcare company providing eye care and specialty pharmaceutical products worldwide. Gavin, who helped found the company in 1950, served as its chairman from 1977 to 1995 and as its chief executive officer from 1961 to 1991.

Mr. Herbert is also the owner and chairman of Roger's Gardens, a large retail nursery in Newport Beach, California, and the Chairman and Founder of Regenesis Bioremediation Products in San Clemente, California, which manufactures and markets products for environmental remediation.

Mr. Herbert is on the Boards of Directors of Allergan, Research to Prevent Blindness, Doheny Eye Institute, EyeCare America Foundation, The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation, and vice chairman of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Gavin is a life trustee of the University of Southern California.