During his 33 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mike Himmel has worked to support many technical and scientific aspects of the U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program. More recently, he has been responsible for establishing the facilities and staff necessary to pursue projects in protein engineering, computational science, advanced imaging, and systems biology. Today, Dr. Himmel manages the award-winning Biomolecular Sciences Group in the Bioscience Center and serves NREL as a Research Fellow. These researchers have assembled world-class protein purification and characterization facilities at NREL, with special emphasis this past year on robotics systems for screening libraries derived from directed evolution technology. Dr. Himmel has contributed 300 peer-reviewed papers and meeting abstracts, six books, and 20 patents to the literature. He also chaired or co-chaired 15 international meetings in the field of biochemistry and biotechnology, including the 2003 Gordon Research Conference on "Cellulases and Cellulosomes." He holds a Ph.D., Biochemistry Department, Colorado State University, 1980.