Current research


Awards and honors


Elliott Schmitt

Current Research:

Major: PhD, Bioresource Science and Engineering
Advisors: Renata Bura and Rick Gustafson

My current research focuses on process design, biosensors and control systems for advanced biofuel and biochemicals production. Specifically, I am developing a theoretical kinetic model for saccharification of lignocellulosic materials. In addition, I will be using this model, along with advanced biosensors being developed at UW and other methods, to develop a optimal control system for continuous saccharification and continuous simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) of advanced lignocellulosic biomass.  

Some other research areas of interest include...Nonlinear dynamic system modeling and control. Mathematical and systems biology. Consequential life cycle assessment of advanced biofuel and biochemical production. Fractal kinetics and chaos in biological systems.  Developing dynamic process models in Matlab/Simulink.


PhD Bioresource Science and Engineering, UW, Seattle, 2013 (Anticipated)
MS Applied Math, UW, Seattle, 2011 (Anticipated)
MS Mechanical Engineering, UW, Seattle, 2009
BS Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, 2007
BS Physics, Lawrence Technological University, 2007

Awards and honors:

2010 - 2012: NSF IGERT Fellowship, University of Washington
2009 - 2010: Scan|Design Fellowship, University of Washington
2007 - 2008: Egtvedt Fellowship, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae