Nathan Wright, a senior in agricultural business; Grant Stanton, a junior in mechanical engineering; and Zach Olson, a senior in mechanical engineering; share information with Jaun Proano-Aviles, a graduate student in mechanical engineering; about a more efficient method to produce algea as a viable option for use in biodiesel production.
The student team was one of a dozen presenting information about biorewnewable issues on Dec. 13 in the Sukup Atrium on the Iowa State campus. The students presented posters as part of a final project in a technology systems management and agricultural biosystems engineering class. A dozen student cross-disciplinary teams used the posters to identify biorenewable issues, discuss constraints and opportunities, and propose solutions.
Tom Brumm, Mary and Charles Sukup Global Professor in Food Security and agricultural and biosystems engineering associate professor, said students came up with ideas that addressed climate change, new feed stocks, public policy, carbon sequestration and the use of gasification in processing biomass.
The event is presented by the Bioeconomy Institute, the agricultural and biosystems engineering department and the agronomy department.