New BioEnergy Technology Course Begins (January 2009)

The pilot edition of the first of the two new MAS BioEnergy courses, Bioenergy Technology, has begun! The goal of the course is to teach the MAS BioEnergy Scholars about the science and engineering aspects of bioenergy production, from photosynthesis to fuel characterization. Each topic is presented in a lecture/discussion format and is accompanied by a hands-on laboratory experience. The Scholars are enjoying the chance to step outside of their disciplines -- an economist extracting DNA? A mechanical engineer conducting a cellulase assay! -– and the class discussions have been stimulating for the instructors and students. The course also includes introductions to life cycle assessment, policy, and economics, which will be covered in greater depth in the second new bioenergy course. 

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