LUTROS, LLC, formerly SunsOil, LLC, came to life in 2005 when its founders saw a market need for process technologies that could economically utilize waste and low-grade raw materials for bioenergy and fuel. The company has since grown its technical portfolio, its production experience, and its market connections.
LUTROS works through strategic partnerships and licensing agreement to upgrade partner's waste and byproducts to valuable commodities in established markets.
Mark Mauss, President, CEO and founder, has over 20 years experience in operations, engineering, and business management. He has led the financing, marketing, and development activities of the company since its inception. He managed teams in engineering development, in manufacturing operations and in the US military. Mr. Mauss formerly marketed and managed multi-million-dollar fuel processing projects for Shell Oil and United Technologies. Those projects involved dozens of engineers and scientists; extended through the US, Europe and Asia; and involved several major automotive and diesel engine manufacturers. Mr. Mauss earned masters degrees in business administration and systems engineering from the University of Virginia. His undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was in philosophy, psychology, religion and industrial engineering.
Travis Danner, PhD, Vice President of Engineering and founder, has over 15 years experience in engineering, energy efficiency, renewable energy, technology development and production process engineering. He has spearheaded the development of the company’s process technology and its implementation in production from conceptual design through construction and commissioning. Dr. Danner formerly worked with Computational Systems, Inc., developing process maintenance reduction systems, and with NASA, leading clean energy projects. He earned a PhD in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he specialized in energy conversion systems. His undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was in mechanical engineering. Dr. Danner also grew up on a working farm in East Tennessee and knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities associated with agri-business.