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Laboratory for Clean Combustion
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Bergmann Campus, P.O.Box 653, 84105 Beer-Sheva, Israel
Tel: 972-8-6477789, Fax: 972-8-6477640, barziv@bgu.ac.il
September 5, 2010
USCIS
California Service Center
P.O. Box 10140
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0140
Re: Mr. Karthik Krishna
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am pleased to state at the onset that I strongly and enthusiastically recommend Mr.
Karthik Krishna as a professional of extraordinary abilities and support his application for
permanent residency in the US.
My own scientific as well as entrepreneurial background allows me to comment on
Mr. Krishna’s abilities with authority. Allow me please to briefly describe my own background.
I am an internationally recognized expert in the field of coal combustion and heat and mass
transfer and currently hold the appointment of Director of Laboratory for Clean Combustion at
Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Main positions I held during my employment history are
Ben-Gurion University, Israel
2002- Director of Laboratory for Clean Combustion.
2001-2003 Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
1999-2002 Chair (Founder), Department of Biotechnology and Environmental
Engineering.
1998-2000 Director (Founder), Program for High-Tech Retraining.
1998-2000 Director (Founder), Program for Projects in Industry.
1998-2002 Chair, Coal Research Center.
1998-2005 Member of University Committee on Research and Equipment.
Nuclear Research Center - Negev, Israel
1988-1998 Rank A+ (Full Professor); Managed projects on Energy, Radioactive Wastes,
and Chemical Processes, Laser Diagnostics.
I spent six years in US universities, as the Clyde Chair of Chemical Engineering at
The University of Utah 2005-2006; at Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT (total of
three years as Visiting Scientist, between 1982 and 1990); Department of Chemistry,
University of Illinois, Chicago (postdoctoral fellow), during 1976-1977; and at Department of
Chemistry, Cornell University (postdoctoral fellow), during 1975-1976. I have given numerous
invited lectures and seminars, mostly on combustion and energy, all over the world in
international meetings, universities and research institutes and initiated many Binational and
International meetings in Israel, such as USA Israel, German-Israel, Korea-Israel, Japan-
Israel.
In the last few years (2006-present) I have been working with a US start-up company
on an industrial pilot plant (1 t/h) for gasification of scrap tires for production of clean
synthesis gas for power production. I am also the founder of E.B. Clean Energy Ltd (EBC)
that developed an efficient technology for production of torrefied biomass (biocoal).
Given my position, I constantly interact with the top scientists, industry executives and
policy makers in the energy industry. I met with Mr. Krishna during my visit to Michigan
Technological University in May 2010. I was instantly impressed with his abilities and have
been working with him on two proposals since then.
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In one proposal dealing with the utilization of biomass for energy production that was
submitted to DOE-USDR, with me as the program lead and others are technical leads, where
Mr. Krishna was one of the leads in biomass development. This proposal is for $11 million,
entitled “Development of Diverse Biomass Feedstock and Production of Torrefied-Biomass
for Distributed-Power co-Generation, Large Entrained-flow plants and Liquid Fuel”. The
program involves researchers and companies from four different continents (America,
Europe, Asia, and Africa) and ten different states/countries. Mr. Krishna’s contribution to this
program was twofold. He was the driving force behind securing strong industry support and
cost share commitment without which the proposal would not have moved forward.
Secondly, he initiated and helped develop the technical plan for the feedstock development
area of the project. This will be a four year program starting in March 2011 and Mr. Krishna’s
contribution as a Co-PI for Biomass Supply Chain Logistics area will be crucial for the
successful completion of the project. Given Mr. Krishna’s knowledge/understanding of
electric utility industry and advanced training in business aspects of biomass power, he is an
integral and irreplaceable member of the project.
The second proposal of $2 million was submitted to US-Israel Binational Industrial
Research and Development Foundation. This proposal is a joint collaboration between my
company E.B. Clean Energy Ltd., and Traxys Energy, on the development of biocoal for the
US power industry, where Mr. Krishna playes an essential role in the formulation of the
proposal and will carry out the business development of the biocoal in the US.
Working very closely with Mr. Krishna I have no hesitation in stating that he is among
the very top individuals I have come across in my long career and have no doubt that as his
career grows, he will evolve into a very prominent international figure in the energy industry.
I am particularly interested in Mr. Krishna’s Green Card status because I am
interested in hiring him as the Director for Business Development for a US spin-off of my
company E.B. Clean Energy. I am finalizing a business partnership with a US power
company and the collaboration would result in the formation of a new firm that will have the
right to commercialize proprietary torrefaction technology and to develop the business for
biocoal. It is predicted that sustainable biomass production in the US will reach 400 million
tons in 2020 establishing a target market of $68 billion for biocoal. Production of biocoal at
industrial level is still in its initial stages. In fact, the only industrial torrefaction plant in the
world will begin operation at 2011. The plant is a result of a partnership between a Canadian
company and a research center from Netherlands. Having witnessed the extraordinary
abilities and skills of Mr. Krishna first hand, I am very confident that not only will he meet the
steep expectations but he will be an invaluable asset to have.
To conclude, I strongly support Mr. Karthik Krishna’s application and recommend him
as an individual of the highest caliber in the energy field. Please feel free to contact me if I
can provide any further information.
Sincerely,
Ezra Bar-Ziv
Professor and Director Laboratory for Clean Combustion

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Israel Support Letter for Karthik

  • 1. Laboratory for Clean Combustion Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Bergmann Campus, P.O.Box 653, 84105 Beer-Sheva, Israel Tel: 972-8-6477789, Fax: 972-8-6477640, barziv@bgu.ac.il September 5, 2010 USCIS California Service Center P.O. Box 10140 Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0140 Re: Mr. Karthik Krishna Dear Sir/Madam, I am pleased to state at the onset that I strongly and enthusiastically recommend Mr. Karthik Krishna as a professional of extraordinary abilities and support his application for permanent residency in the US. My own scientific as well as entrepreneurial background allows me to comment on Mr. Krishna’s abilities with authority. Allow me please to briefly describe my own background. I am an internationally recognized expert in the field of coal combustion and heat and mass transfer and currently hold the appointment of Director of Laboratory for Clean Combustion at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Main positions I held during my employment history are Ben-Gurion University, Israel 2002- Director of Laboratory for Clean Combustion. 2001-2003 Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences. 1999-2002 Chair (Founder), Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering. 1998-2000 Director (Founder), Program for High-Tech Retraining. 1998-2000 Director (Founder), Program for Projects in Industry. 1998-2002 Chair, Coal Research Center. 1998-2005 Member of University Committee on Research and Equipment. Nuclear Research Center - Negev, Israel 1988-1998 Rank A+ (Full Professor); Managed projects on Energy, Radioactive Wastes, and Chemical Processes, Laser Diagnostics. I spent six years in US universities, as the Clyde Chair of Chemical Engineering at The University of Utah 2005-2006; at Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT (total of three years as Visiting Scientist, between 1982 and 1990); Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago (postdoctoral fellow), during 1976-1977; and at Department of Chemistry, Cornell University (postdoctoral fellow), during 1975-1976. I have given numerous invited lectures and seminars, mostly on combustion and energy, all over the world in international meetings, universities and research institutes and initiated many Binational and International meetings in Israel, such as USA Israel, German-Israel, Korea-Israel, Japan- Israel. In the last few years (2006-present) I have been working with a US start-up company on an industrial pilot plant (1 t/h) for gasification of scrap tires for production of clean synthesis gas for power production. I am also the founder of E.B. Clean Energy Ltd (EBC) that developed an efficient technology for production of torrefied biomass (biocoal). Given my position, I constantly interact with the top scientists, industry executives and policy makers in the energy industry. I met with Mr. Krishna during my visit to Michigan Technological University in May 2010. I was instantly impressed with his abilities and have been working with him on two proposals since then.
  • 2. 2 In one proposal dealing with the utilization of biomass for energy production that was submitted to DOE-USDR, with me as the program lead and others are technical leads, where Mr. Krishna was one of the leads in biomass development. This proposal is for $11 million, entitled “Development of Diverse Biomass Feedstock and Production of Torrefied-Biomass for Distributed-Power co-Generation, Large Entrained-flow plants and Liquid Fuel”. The program involves researchers and companies from four different continents (America, Europe, Asia, and Africa) and ten different states/countries. Mr. Krishna’s contribution to this program was twofold. He was the driving force behind securing strong industry support and cost share commitment without which the proposal would not have moved forward. Secondly, he initiated and helped develop the technical plan for the feedstock development area of the project. This will be a four year program starting in March 2011 and Mr. Krishna’s contribution as a Co-PI for Biomass Supply Chain Logistics area will be crucial for the successful completion of the project. Given Mr. Krishna’s knowledge/understanding of electric utility industry and advanced training in business aspects of biomass power, he is an integral and irreplaceable member of the project. The second proposal of $2 million was submitted to US-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation. This proposal is a joint collaboration between my company E.B. Clean Energy Ltd., and Traxys Energy, on the development of biocoal for the US power industry, where Mr. Krishna playes an essential role in the formulation of the proposal and will carry out the business development of the biocoal in the US. Working very closely with Mr. Krishna I have no hesitation in stating that he is among the very top individuals I have come across in my long career and have no doubt that as his career grows, he will evolve into a very prominent international figure in the energy industry. I am particularly interested in Mr. Krishna’s Green Card status because I am interested in hiring him as the Director for Business Development for a US spin-off of my company E.B. Clean Energy. I am finalizing a business partnership with a US power company and the collaboration would result in the formation of a new firm that will have the right to commercialize proprietary torrefaction technology and to develop the business for biocoal. It is predicted that sustainable biomass production in the US will reach 400 million tons in 2020 establishing a target market of $68 billion for biocoal. Production of biocoal at industrial level is still in its initial stages. In fact, the only industrial torrefaction plant in the world will begin operation at 2011. The plant is a result of a partnership between a Canadian company and a research center from Netherlands. Having witnessed the extraordinary abilities and skills of Mr. Krishna first hand, I am very confident that not only will he meet the steep expectations but he will be an invaluable asset to have. To conclude, I strongly support Mr. Karthik Krishna’s application and recommend him as an individual of the highest caliber in the energy field. Please feel free to contact me if I can provide any further information. Sincerely, Ezra Bar-Ziv Professor and Director Laboratory for Clean Combustion