Bioenergy Profiles

Robert Brown: a Passion for Energy Innovation

For the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project, founding director of the Bioeconomy Institute, and ...
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Laura Jarboe: Making Biofuels from Microbes

In an ideal world all the unwanted tasks would be delegated to work gnomes, which is exactly what one Iowa ...
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Jan Borchers: 2013 Intern

After working in the corporate world, Jan Borchers was inspired to return to Iowa State University to pursue a degree ...
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Avril Carter: 2013 Intern

Avril Carter will graduate this fall with an undergraduate degree in environmental science from Iowa State University.  As a student ...
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Jose Guadarrama: 2013 Intern

Jose Guadarrama will be a senior at University of California Merced studying mechanical engineering with plans to pursue a doctoral ...
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Queenster Nartey: 2013 Intern

Queenster Nartey will begin her sophomore year at Grinnell College this fall. With Iowa NSF EPSCoR she is researching the ...
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Elspeth Petersen: 2013 Intern

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in animal ecology at Iowa State University, Elspeth Petersen decided to pursue a degree in ...
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Maggie Suchoski: 2013 Intern

Maggie Suchoski majors in both physics and philosophy at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  With Iowa NSF EPSCoR she ...
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Amy Zhou: 2013 Intern

Amy Zhou is a soon-to-be sophomore at Grinnell College interested in studying either biology or chemistry. “At Grinnell we wait ...
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David Laird: Securing the Soil for Bioenergy Agriculture

Keeping our soil intact and productive is the passion of Iowa NSF EPSCoR bioenergy agriculture plank leader David Laird.  Laird ...
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Mark Mba Wright: Modeling the Future

When Mark Mba Wright talks to students who are considering engineering careers, he tells them, “every adventure needs a challenge.  ...
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Student Travels to Japan to Help Build High-Pressure Pyrolysis Instrument

One seminar presentation changed the life of Kaige Wang, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and biorenewable resources and technology ...
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Shianne Gruss: Uncovering Sustainability in Iowa

As the first Iowa NSF EPSCoR communications intern to work out of the Iowa City area, Shianne Gruss is looking ...
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Visiting Student Collaborates on Bioenergy Research

Carlos Aizpurua, a graduate student from North Carolina State University, is visiting Iowa State University to work with Mark Mba-Wright’s research ...
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Emily Heaton: Cultivating Sustainable Energy

The “crazy grass from China,” miscanthus giganteus, may tower over her head, but Emily Heaton, assistant professor of agronomy at ...
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Reem Alkhalil: 2014 Intern

Reem Alkhalil is working with professor of genetics, development, and cell biology, Eve Wurtele’s, Metablast team this summer. Alkhalil is ...
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Sophia Bainbridge: 2014 Intern

Sophia Bainbridge is conducting research with University of Iowa assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences Adam Ward. Bainbridge, who ...
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Chris Demmings: 2014 Intern

Iowa State University senior Chris Demmings is spending his summer on the University of Iowa campus, studying lab-scale gasification of ...
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Brittnie Dotson: 2014 Intern

Brittnie Dotson is a summer research assistant at the University of Northern Iowa, studying the effects of the widely used ...
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Nam Nguyen: 2014 Intern

Nam Nguyen, a Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) student, is interning with Iowa NSF EPSCoR bioenergy researcher Zengyi Shao ...
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Anthony Nierklopfer: 2014 Intern

Anthony Nierklopfer is finding his Iowa NSF EPSCoR research internship with associate professor of mechanical engineering, Terry Meyer, at Iowa ...
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Kayla Racinowski: 2014 Intern

Kayla Racinowski is participating in her first internship, working in University of Iowa assistant professor Albert Ratner’s lab. She is ...
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Jan Borchers: 2013 Intern Followup

Jan Borchers is entering her final year at Iowa State University in Fall 2014. She will be graduating with a ...
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Queenster Nartey: 2013 Intern Followup

Queenster Nartey has had an exciting year since finishing her internship with researcher Kirsten Hofmockel. In the past year, Nartey ...
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Kirsten Hofmockel: Having Fun While Researching and Teaching

“It’s so much fun! It’s so much fun,” Kirsten Hofmockel answered when asked why she was passionate about research. Hofmockel ...
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Maria Jamie: 2015 Intern

Maria Jamie is a University of Northern Iowa (UNI) student working with the university’s NSF LSAMP program. Jamie is researching ...
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Jose Lopez: 2015 Intern

UNI senior biology student Jose Lopez is undertaking an NSF LSAMP research opportunity studying plants that are similar to morning ...
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Michelle Thayer: 2015 Intern

Michelle Thayer spent her summer processing data for a project that uses invisible light to help farmers improve sustainability. Thayer ...
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Brittney Wilmington: 2015 Intern

UI senior Brittney Wilmington is participating in research that aims to understand the gasification of corn or biomass thermochemical conversion ...
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Avril Carter: 2013 Intern Followup

Avril Carter graduated from Iowa State University in December 2013. She interned with David Laird, professor of agronomy at Iowa ...
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