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Development of a Multi-university Graduate Bioenergy Program

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Biological and Agricultural Engineering Education Technical Session

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Biological & Agricultural

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25.453.1 - 25.453.9



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Danielle Bellmer Oklahoma State University

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Danielle Bellmer is an Associate Professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University. She received her B.S. in food engineering from Michigan State University in 1992 and her Ph.D. in biological and agricultural engineering from Purdue University in 1996.

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Mary E. Rezac Kansas State University Orcid 16x16


Danielle Julie Carrier University of Arkansas

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Danielle Carrier has been a faculty member since 1996, first at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) and since 2000 at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.) in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
She teaches properties of biological engineering and bioprocessing. Her research program is focused on renewable energy. She has trained more than 10 graduate students.

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Daniel Humburg South Dakota State University

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Daniel Humburg is professor of agricultural and biosystems engineerng in the area of machine systems at South Dakota State University.

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Development of a Multi-University Bioenergy Graduate ProgramWith the growing interest in bioenergy and sustainable technologies, there is a need forindividuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and sustain biobasedtechnologies and to successfully function in this interdisciplinary environment. A new programhas been developed that prepares participants for careers in the emerging biobased industries byenhancing their knowledge in renewable resource development through an innovative distance-enabled platform. Four Universities have collaboratively developed a multidisciplinary M.S.level graduate certificate in Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology. The program is beingdelivered through AG*IDEA, a national consortium of land grant universities collaborativelyoffering programs by distance education.The Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Certificate Program establishes an interdisciplinaryprogram of study that will directly support biobased product and energy development. Itencompasses several different disciplines, including chemical engineering, biological andagricultural engineering, plant sciences, and agricultural economics. The certificate requiresparticipants to complete a 15 credit hour series of courses, including 9 credit hours of requiredcourses covering three core topics including biomass feedstock development, bioenergyeconomics and sustainability, and basic conversion technologies, which provides students with abroad background in renewable resource development.This collaborative, multi-university approach will impact education in renewable resourcetechnologies in several ways. Students will be taught by faculty from multiple universities inmultiple disciplines, providing them a powerful educational experience and the ability tonetwork with diverse experts in the field. Through course sharing and co-teaching of courses,participating institutions are able to offer higher quality curricula, covering topics which may notbe available at each institution. University human and financial resources are also optimized.This program provides an efficient solution to expanding educational demand in emerging areas.In addition, it provides post-baccalaureate students with an educational opportunity that bridgesmultiple disciplines, is accessible anywhere in the world, and will likely lead to newtechnological advances in the processing of renewable resources.

Bellmer, D., & Rezac, M. E., & Carrier, D. J., & Humburg, D. (2012, June), Development of a Multi-university Graduate Bioenergy Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21211

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