October 19, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Iowa State University
Iowa State University will be participating in the Bioenergy Day for the second straight year. This 4th annual event unites organizations across the country that support bioenergy.
Iowa State’s student enrollment is for fall 2016 is 36,660, and we feel it’s essential to educate this large and important audience about Iowa’s bioenergy leadership. We’re also aiming to raise the students’ awareness of the many educational, extracurricular, and career opportunities in the field.
Other goals include making Iowa State students aware of the university’s commitment to sustainability and assuring that the term “bioenergy” is inclusive to all forms of biomass, including grasses and agricultural residues generally available in Iowa,
Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) opens opportunities in Iowa’s burgeoning bioeconomy, where our society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials.
More about BEI
CenUSA Bioenergy is an ambitious Iowa State University-based, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsored, research project investigating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels and bioproducts system.
More about CenUSA Bioenergy
Iowa NSF EPSCoR is a $20+ million, five-year National Science Foundation program to build Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
More about Iowa NSF EPSCoR
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals. REG utilizes a nationwide production, distribution and logistics system as part of an integrated value chain model to focus on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 12 active biorefineries, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuels and chemicals.
As a leader in our industry, we are always looking for future leaders. REG offers a comprehensive internship program which gives students the opportunity to test their skills while working on meaningful projects that have a direct impact on the organization. To learn more about REG, our internship program and full-time opportunities, we invite you to come visit with us at the National Bioenergy Day event.
More about Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
The Office of Sustainability oversees Iowa State University’s Live Green! Initiative, a campus-wide sustainability initiative encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to be fully committed to and engaged in making our campus, our operations and initiatives environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
More about the Live Green! Initiative
The Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) graduate program at Iowa State University was the first program of its kind 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 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.
More about the BRT graduate program
The Iowa Energy Center supports economic development, environmental sustainability, and social well-being in Iowa through energy innovation, education, and entrepreneurship. We provide Iowans with reliable, objective information on energy and efficiency options.
More about the Iowa Energy Center
The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) is bringing together university researchers and industry members to push the boundaries of renewable resources and establish new revenue creating processes and products. The center will focus on developing high-value biobased products from agricultural feedstocks.
Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials.
More about the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2)
The BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing located seven miles west of the ISU campus on US Highway 30. It offers opportunities for large pilot and pre-commercial scale research in biomass feedstock production, harvest, storage, preparation, processing and laboratory testing. Field plots for crop production trials, field equipment modification and testing facilities, biomass storage facilities and biomass conversion facilities are available for on- and off-campus users. A new $5 million biopolymer processing plant (500 kg/day) has been built and commissioned for use. The BCRF is administered by the Center for Crops Utilization Research.
More about the BioCentury Research Farm
The Center for Crops Utilization Research is a resource to assist ISU researchers and external businesses with developing new processes, products and markets for corn, soybean, and other crops. CCUR strives to add value to grain and plant materials by conducting grant and contract research; offering short courses, workshops, seminars, and training; performing analytical testing, pilot plant processing, and consumer evaluation services; providing technical consulting services; and offering small-business incubator services. The center has state-of-the-art laboratory and pilot plant processing and analytical equipment.
More about the Center for Crops Utilization Research
The City of Ames will be focusing on its unique waste-to-energy operations involving the Resource Recovery System and the Ames Power Plant.
More about the City of Ames
ISU BioBus is an interdisciplinary entrepreneurial student initiative that recycles waste vegetable oil from ISU Dining into biodiesel fuel to power the City of Ames’ CyRide buses and in doing so teaches about the bioeconomy. More about ISU BioBus
The C6 BioFarm game suite is designed for middle school classrooms in STEM and agriculture based subjects. More about C6 BioFarm
Located on the Iowa State University campus, the Iowa Water Center is one of 54 federally-funded Water Resources Research Institutes located throughout the United States and in U.S territories. We utilize diverse expertise from researchers, communicators, and policymakers on water-related issues. Our purpose is to identify research needs, fund water-related research, and connect research results to the public through outreach and education. We support building state-wide research capacity, education services, and serve as an incubator for water-related research projects.
We seek to inform decision-makers of today so that they may help build better policy to manage our water resources. We also work to translate water-related information and resources into tools that the public can use in their day-to-day lives. Students would be interested in learning more about what we do because we seek out opportunities to support and train leading water-related researchers of tomorrow. More about the Iowa Water Center
STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips. The project is composed of a team of scientists, educators, and extension specialists who have chosen to work together on the use of prairie strips as a farmland conservation practice. We strive to more fully understand the assembly, management, function, and value of prairie strips; to communicate our results to diverse audiences; and to assist others with the implementation of prairie strips on farm fields. Our initial research site is located at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City, Iowa. We are now implementing and maintaining research and demonstration sites across the Midwest, including on private commercial farms. More about Strips
Emily Heaton, an associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State, and her group work on dedicated energy crops. More about Heaton’s research
Heaton is also a partner with the the University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project, an interdisciplinary program which aims to assess and improve university power plant facilities, biomass feedstock, and community awareness and education in biomass energy. The university currently uses oat hulls and wood chips as biomass fuel and is developing Miscanthus as a dedicated energy crop. The university produces biomass power using two solid fuel biolers at the main Power Plant and one solid fuel boiler at the UI research park to burn the co-blended fuel.
The Biomass Fuel Project involves numerous partners, including researchers at ISU, and strives to engage students and professionals in each aspect of the project. Student projects and community partners are essential to the development of the program. More about the University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project