The Next Generation Shines at 2020 Biodiesel Conference

2020 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Logo

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.

Class of 2020

Student opportunities included a poster session and a student-led breakout session, where some students presented their research to attendees.

Loyola University students present a poster on their school’s biodiesel processing unit

A Science Mixer drew established biodiesel scientists to engage with students one-on-one in an informal setting.

Mentoring Mixer — Waterside!

The students come from schools including University of Idaho, University of South Florida, National University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, National University, University of Minnesota, and Yale.

The Kansas Soybean Commission sponsored students from University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Seward County Community College

Led by the National Biodiesel Board, the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel fosters professional relationships between budding and established scientists, shares accurate information, and increases collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry.

John Cramsey, Iowa State University, takes a Silverado for a spin during the diesel Ride-and-Drive

The year 2020 also marks the 10th Anniversary of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Since its inception, nearly 200 students have attended the National Biodiesel Conference, gaining valuable knowledge and connections. Program alumni have gone on to start their own energy or feedstock companies, manage biodiesel lab facilities, and even serve on the World Energy Council.

“I would like to thank the organizations who provided this wonderful opportunity to not only learn about the biodiesel industry but to network with professionals in the field and gain valuable insight into the industry.” — Jenny Frank, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The National Biodiesel Board, the United Soybean Board, the National Biodiesel Foundation, and the Kansas Soybean Commission sponsored the scholarships.

You can see additional highlights on the conference blog.