SynSel has assembled a top-tier team of seasoned professionals and leading engineers and scientists to deploy the SynSel Synthetic Fuels Revolution. Our mission of deploying 100 biorefineries across the US in the next 10 years requires expertise in all phases from development to operations. Additionally, our external advisory team includes renowned subject matter experts and leading firms in the following sectors:

  • Biofuel technology development & implementation

  • Industrial site & construction engineering

  • Enviro Industrial Park technology master planning

  • Plant operations & maintenance 

  • Law, risk mitigation, environmental remediation, accounting, finance, regulatory advice, fuel merchandising, biomass management and community outreach. 

Key members of the SynSel leadership team include:


Tim Tawoda

Chief Executive Officer

Tim is the founder and visionary of SynSel and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He has held sales-engineer positions with Westinghouse and executive positions with Teledyne, where he provided mathematical reliability analysis of critical power systems. Tim was also the founder of Preon, Inc., which was the business incubator for SynSel. While Preon focuses on critical power systems for data centers and electrical energy from fossil fuels, SynSel evolved into producing liquid energy from renewable feedstock. Tim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University.


Mike Judd

Chief Technology Officer – Core Plants

Mike serves as Chief Technology Officer for core plant technologies after being a consulting scientist in the renewable energy sector for much of his career. He has been a contract scientist for the largest international drop-in biofuels producer and worked on many biorefinery initiatives including the Forestera process that takes wood to an intermediary pyrolysis oil for #2 diesel replacement. He is the founder and president of the St. Louis Inventor’s Society. Mike has a BS in Chemistry/Biology from Washington University.


David Dewis

Chief Technology Officer – Enviro Industrial Parks

David serves as Chief Technology Officer for Enviro Industrial Parks after having a vast career designing, developing, and commercializing advanced technology energy systems. He has worked for Rolls Royce, Honeywell, and Sunstrand, and was President of Ebara Company. He also has numerous patents in energy applications and served as Chair of the U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association. Also as Chair for IGTI Small Gas Turbine Committee - advocacy groups for clean energy & technical leadership. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lancaster (Coventry) Polytechnic (UK).

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Craig Chynoweth

Chief Deployment Officer

Craig serves as Chief Deployment Officer after being a career engineering manager who formerly held executive positions with Westinghouse and Bechtel Corporation. Managed design and construction of numerous major construction projects for infrastructure systems and complex nuclear spent fuel processes for US Naval Reactors Idaho National Laboratory. Has a BS Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University and qualified as Engineer and Chief Test Engineer under United States Nuclear Navy Program.


Robert Brylski

Chief Operations Officer – Core Plants

Bob serves at Chief Operations Officer for SynSel’s core plants. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bio-Diesel Association and was the production supervisor for the state’s high-capacity facility: Sanimax bio-diesel plant. In addition to being a scientist, he is a professor and instructs a number of courses at technical colleges throughout Wisconsin. Bob holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and an MS in Analytical Nuclear Chemistry from Florida State University.


Todd Marescalco

VP of Finance

Todd serves as Vice President of Finance for SynSel where he is focused on early stage working capital funding. Prior to forming his RIA firm, Navigant Consulting, Todd was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner, where he held Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Additionally, he is an NFEC Certified Financial Education instructor and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Merchandising and Music from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.