Since starting my engineering curriculum I have had an interest in all types of biofuel production. After briefly seeing some of the Brazilian sugarcane to ethanol industry, I participated in undergraduate research dealing with algae production as it is a more realistic source of fuel for much of the United States. In the U.S. Pacific Northwest, hybrid poplar trees provide a biomass source that can be converted to ethanol, and even further into gasoline, jet and diesel fuels. My research is focused on modeling the process to make these drop-in fuels, including the necessary hydrogen production within the process.
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 2011