|EECL E-Newsletter - Fall 2009| We are now solidly into the fall semester and excited to share some of
our recent news with you. We continue to be busy, and excited about
what this semester holds for our faculty, staff and students. We
welcome a new cohort of graduate students, and we have introduced a few
new and exciting research projects. For instance, our faculty and
students are looking at the use of straight vegetable oil as a fuel,
testing locally grown soybean, canola, and camelina sunflower oils and
their biodiesels in a direct-injection engine and researching their
impact on engine longevity, emissions and performance. Researchers are
also hard at work characterizing engine performance, emissions and
efficiency when engines are run on algae-based biofuels, while working
to further unlock the chemistry of biofuels. Of course, we continue as
field leaders in the areas of biomass cookstoves, and in the conversion
of algae to energy. And, as national interest in the concept of smart
electrical grids grows rapidly, the EECL and our InteGrid Test and
Development Laboratory continue to be recognized leaders in this field,
locally and nationally.
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Thanks everyone - Have a wonderful autumn!
|CSU start-up Solix Biofuels Featured in the New York Times |
| || Solix Biofuels has partnered with the Southern Ute Indian
Reservation in southwest Colorado to launch a commercial-scale
production facility with the twin goals of making fuel and
reducing greenhouse gas emissions from production facilities by
maximizing the growth of algae. |
|Bryan Willson awarded the Maurice L. Albertson Medal in Sustainable Development|
| || Village Earth, a non-profit organization founded by late Dr.
Maurice Albertson of CSU, is dedicated to empowering villages to
direct their own path of sustainable development, honored Dr.
Bryan Willson with the Albertson Medal in August. Bryan was
honored by this recognition and proud to share Maurice
Albertson's global environmental mission. |
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|EECL Graduate named Acumen Fellow. |
| || Sule Amadu arrived in the US from Ghana three years ago in August
2006. Between then and now, Sule was able to complete an MS in
Mechanical Engineering, an MBA from the CSU College of Business
Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program, and complete
research here at the EECL, in Ghana, and India - all
extraordinary accomplishments. Sule will spend the rest of this
year and most of 2010 as an Acumen Fellow.
Science asks "So you want to... fix the world's biggest engines?"|
| || The EECL was featured in last month's Popular Science magazine in an article called "PopSci U: Seven of the Country's
Coolest SciTech Courses." The article highlighted our unique
capabilities to work on engines larger than you'll find in any
other University research lab! |
|CSU Research Expenditures Hit a New Record in 2008-2009 |
| || Colorado State University received $312 million in competitive
research support in fiscal year 2009, setting a new record for
the university despite the economic downturn and increased
competition for federal and private grant money. This represents
the success of faculty, including many involved with the EECL,
who have increased grant submissions by nearly 50% in 2008. || |