- Distinguished Chemical and Environmental Engineer to Lead the Company's Efforts to Commercialize Its Breakthrough Algae to Oil Technology -
Los Angeles, CA - October 22, 2008 - OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL ), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that the company has appointed Vikram M. Pattarkine, Ph.D. as chief technology officer.
Pattarkine's career spans more than 25 years as a chemical-environmental engineer, with expertise in processes related to waste treatment, nutrient management, water quality and renewable energy. He has extensive international experience covering research, consulting and training.
"Vikram brings to OriginOil a distinguished career and stellar credentials. His technical expertise in environmental engineering combined with his business acumen and research experience will be invaluable as we continue to bring our algae-to-oil technology to market," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO.
Previously, Pattarkine was a senior vice president at Brinjac Engineering, Inc., an engineering design and consulting firm based in Harrisburg, PA, and was director of process engineering at Columbia, Missouri-based Environmental Dynamics, Inc., a leader in the development, design, and manufacture of aeration systems for wastewater treatment. During the 1990s he led the Environment and Natural Resources Management consulting practice of Tata Consultancy Services, Asia's largest consulting firm.
Pattarkine holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Virginia Tech and Master of Technology in chemical engineering from Nagpur University, India. He serves on a variety of prestigious committees, including the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design Committee of the Water Environment Federation. Pattarkine has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, contributed textbook and manual chapters, and made technical presentations at conferences worldwide. Presently, he is an adjunct professor of environmental engineering at the University of Missouri.