Dr. Rosemarie Szostak is a Research Fellow with the Energy and Environment Group at LMI, a not-for-profit consulting organization in McLean, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Georgetown University and Ph.D. from UCLA. Her postgraduate work was in chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She spent several years as a research chemist at Mobil Oil before returning to academics. She was professor of chemistry at Clark Atlanta University and Georgia Tech Research Institute. She was awarded the prize for "Outstanding Performance in Research" at GTRI in 1987. She served as technology expert for the Army Environmental Policy Institute, and 4 years as Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Her research focused on the area of energy and environmental technologies ranging from traditional petroleum refining processes, coal-to-liquids and Fischer-Tropsch processes to alternative energy. Her research has included the development of new catalysts for refinery applications, materials for improved selectivity to desired hydrocarbon fuel products and evaluation of processes for biomass conversion.
She has been an AAAS Defense Policy Fellow, served as council member and treasurer for the International Zeolite Association, scientific advisor for the United Nations Development Programme and team leader for the development of the U.S. Department of Defense directive on sustainable active ranges. She has written three books and four book chapters, has 6 patents and has published over 100 scientific papers and conference reports and contributed to Congressional testimony.