Science Aces: The Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel

Jan 19 — 1:30 PM-2:45 PM PST

From exciting feedstock research to calculating carbon reduction strategies, university students are betting on biodiesel coast-to-coast! Come see the work of these ace scientists and learn how it could impact your business and our energy supply at large for decades to come.


Reagan Hurla

Biological Systems Engineering
Kansas State University

Nimesh Pasan Ranasinghe

University of Iowa

Jenny Frank

Sustainable Energy
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Courtney Videchak

Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Bob McCormick

Senior Research Fellow
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Robert McCormick is a senior research fellow and platform leader for NREL’s advanced fuels and combustion research. His work focuses on end-use issues and fuel-engine interactions with alternative fuels, primarily biofuels—including ethanol and biodiesel, as well as next generation and futuristic fuels. End-use issues include supplying technical data to support the setting of fuel-quality specifications, working with engine original equipment manufacturers to understand fuel-engine compatibility and durability issues, field performance issues such as storage stability and cold weather performance, ignition and combustion kinetics, fuel effects on engine efficiency, and the impact of new fuels on emissions and the performance of emission-control systems.

Room: Jasmine A/B