Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel

The next generation of science thought leaders are gearing up to lead America’s energy efforts. And biodiesel, our nation’s only commercially available advanced biofuel, is front and center.

Managed by the National Biodiesel Board, the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel is a free student professional organization to help foster collaboration, networking, and career development. Professors are also encouraged to join.

2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Scholarship

Apply for a scholarship to the 2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo! The deadline is November 8, 2020.

View highlights from the 2020 Conference & Expo.

Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel Co-Chairs Share Innovative Research

Innovation. Environmental solutions. Climate leadership. This is the real-world impact of biodiesel-related research led by student scientists. Meet four students serving as the new co-chairs of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, improving the world through science.

Watch a recording of the September 10, 2020 Zoom event – Science, Live: Meet Biodiesel Scientists Making an Impact:

The Next Generation Shines at 2020 Biodiesel Conference

The class of 2020 in Tampa

About 25 university-level science majors interested in learning about all aspects of the biodiesel industry received travel scholarships to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida.

View highlights from 2020.
View highlights from 2019.

Four New Co-Chairs Round Out NGSB Leadership

Four New NGSB Co-Chairs

Meet Leo Budy

Meet John Cramsey

Meet Jenny Frank

Meet Zenith Tandukar

WEBINAR: Understanding Biodiesel’s Life Cycle Environmental Impact and New Indirect Land Use Science

If you missed the March 15 webinar about the results of a new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions updates, you can still watch it! The report, recently published by collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive lifecycle analysis of biodiesel ever produced. The lifecycle assessment of biodiesel includes indirect land use change (ILUC), the theory which suggests that economic benefits from renewable fuels impact farming patterns globally.

Watch now.

Students Implore EPA Not to Stifle Career Opportunities

Four student leaders of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel added their voices to a cry that biodiesel supporters hope the Environmental Protection Agency hears. The students submitted original comments to EPA staff to express their concern about the proposed cuts to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

Read the news release.

Read the comments.

Next Generation Scientist Co-Chairs

Leo Budy, University of Kansas (Chemical Engineering)

John Cramsey, Iowa State University (Chemical Engineering)

Jenny Frank, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Sustainable Energy)

Kayla Kittrick, National University (San Diego; Master of Public Health Program)

Zenith Tandukar, University of Minnesota (Agronomy and Plant Genetics)

Past Co-Chairs

View profiles of past co-chairs.

Founding Members

View our founding members.