Speaker: Ms. Amanda Lietz, Engineers without Borders
Title: Illinois Biodiesel Initiative: From Fryers to Fuel Tanks
Abstract: The Illinois Biodiesel Initiative is a student-run organization that produces biodiesel from the waste vegetable oil used in the dining halls at the University of Illinois. The fuel is then sold back to the University and used to power the maintenance trucks that operate on campus. With the current set up, we produce up to 330 gallons of biodiesel per batch, and do the essential quality tests before delivering it to the fuel tanks. The transesterification reaction produces fuel and glycerine, which will soon be used to produce liquid soap for use in dish washing in the dining halls. With student participants from a variety of engineering fields, it is a dynamic organization with current projects ranging from soap production to cold weather testing to increasing our capacity.
Meeting location: I-Hotel in Champaign, IL (click here for driving directions: stayatthei.com/directions)
Meeting time: 5:30 pm CST to 8:00 pm CST
Meeting agenda: Dinner, section elections, seminar
Dinner cost: $20 per person
Please RSVP by October 20, 2011.