Iowa State University established the first graduate program in biorenewable resources and technology in the United States. While other universities offer certificate programs or minor programs related to biobased products and bioenergy, ISU offers M.S. and Ph.D degrees in this new field, as well as a minor for students obtaining degrees in other majors and a certificate.
The Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) program offers students from a wide variety of science and engineering backgrounds advanced study in the use of plant- and crop-based resources for the production of biobased products, including fuels, chemicals, materials, and energy.
Through a series of twelve credit hours of graduate coursework, the Biorenewable Resources and Technology certificate offers students from a wide variety of science and engineering backgrounds an exposure to advanced study in the use of plant- and crop-based resources for the production of biobased products, including fuels, chemicals, materials, and energy. The program aims to train professionals to serve the emerging bioeconomy, and in so doing to serve state, national, and global needs in moving toward a more sustainable industrial economy.
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John McWilliams, a senior resource planning engineer for Dairyland Power Cooperative in Wisconsin, was the first person to earn a Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) graduate certificate from Iowa State University. Dairyland Power ultimately serves the electric needs of over 600,000 people and gets about 12 percent of its energy from renewable resources.