Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel to join industry in Orlando

By NBB | November 21, 2011

Launched last year, the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program continues its momentum as more students join the network and engage with industry leaders on the latest biodiesel research. The NGSB program, which is designed to engage and educate tomorrow’s energy leaders, now has more than 100 student members.  

Once again, the National Biodiesel Board is working to provide scholarship opportunities so that NGSB students can join those on the front lines of biodiesel production, research and policy at the 2012 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 5-8, in Orlando, Fla.

Last year, NBB helped to bring 10 NGSB students to the conference in Phoenix where they heard from and met with some of the nation’s leading biodiesel scientists, participated in conference sessions, and gained valuable networking experience.  

“Fostering these students’ interest in biodiesel and providing education and networking opportunities are an important investment for the biodiesel industry,” said Kyle Anderson, NBB technical projects manager. “These students are the future scientists who will develop and improve our nation’s energy solutions. Their commitment to biodiesel as part of that energy solution is commendable, and promises to make a lasting impression.”

NGSB students have been active this fall with many of them participating in a webinar hosted by NBB on Oct. 18 featuring two university students who presented their biodiesel research. Meredith Dorneker, master's degree candidate in geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia, spoke about her research on federal laws, regulations and voluntary programs that are in place to support the sustainable production of biofuels. Daniel Mallin, a chemical engineering major at the University of Rhode Island, shared his research on the glycerol powerwash. In addition, Michael Haas of USDA-ARS shared the latest on basic and applied research and development in a federal lab. 

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