Renewable Energy Extension Specialist
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Chad Martin is the Renewable Energy Extension Specialist in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. He earned an A.A.S. degree in Agriculture Business from Joliet Junior College, Illinois; a B.S. degree in Agriculture Education from Western Illinois University at Macomb, IL; and an M.S. in Agricultural & Extension Education from Purdue University.
His background in renewable energy began while working as a research and outreach associate with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs "IIRA" at Western Illinois University. He worked specifically with the Agriculture Community Action Program which helped organize New Generation Cooperatives for capitalizing biofuels production operations with farmer and local ownership throughout rural Illinois, and provided support to the IIRA's Illinois Wind project. Before coming to Purdue, he was the business development specialist with the Indiana Cooperative Development Center in Indianapolis.
Martin focuses his Extension efforts in the areas of on-farm energy efficiency, biomass energy resources, and wind energy. He works with producers, small businesses, Purdue faculty and Extension educators, and state and federal government agencies to deliver programs. He is a member of the Indiana Wind Working Group, and along with Purdue faculty has initiated the Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group. He provides presentations to diverse groups and coordinates the development of educational resources.