Dr. Patrick Gruber is the Chief Executive Officer of Gevo and has served as a director of the company since 2007. Previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Outlast Technologies Inc., a technology and marketing company primarily serving the textile industry. In 1997, Dr. Gruber co-founded NatureWorks, LLC (formerly Cargill Dow, LLC), and served as Vice President of Technology and Operations and Chief Technology Officer until 2005. Dr. Gruber spent 16 years with Cargill Incorporated and its renewable chemical JV’s. His role was to evaluate, develop, and bring new renewable resource-based technologies and businesses into Cargill.
In 2008, Dr. Gruber was awarded the first ever George Washington Carver Award. The award recognizes significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining and biobased products.
Dr. Gruber received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2011. This award recognized Dr. Gruber as an extraordinary visionary, a revolutionary scientist, and a transformational leader in his work in the development and commercialization of green chemical production processes, his contributions to industrial biotechnology.
Dr. Gruber holds an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of St. Thomas.