Engineering

Development of an educational video game on corn-water-ethanol-beef nexus

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jeyamkondan Subbiah
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Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

This project uses systems thinking and interdisciplinary integration approaches to develop a novel immersive educational simulation game and associated materials designed to highlight the role and importance of corn-water-ethanol-beef (CWEB) systems in supporting the ever increasing demands for food, energy, and water in the United States.

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Biological treatment of ethanol production byproduct (Thin Stillage) using mixotrophic algae and bacteria

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
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Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

Every liter of ethanol produced generates about 5 L of stillage. The liquid portion (thin stillage) is rich in nutrients and sugars. The goal of the project is to remove the carbon dioxide generated from the fermentation scrubber while treating the thin stillage stream. CO2 will be used as a carbon source to promote a combined immobilized growth of algae and bacteria in the thin stillage. The treatment of thin stillage will result in the generation of biogas; either methane or hydrogen gas.

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Treatment of contaminated groundwater using immobilized algae

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10

The overall goal of the experiments is to improve the quality of drinking water. This study will examine the removal of contamination related to agricultural practices from water; specifically nitrate and atrazine. These detrimental compounds are easily ingested through the use of fertilizers in agriculture and have been proven to cause negative effects to the human body.

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