Dr. Jeffrey Seay is Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Extended Campus Program. Dr. Seay joined the University of Kentucky in 2008 after a 12 year career as a process engineer in the chemical industry. His research interests include the integration of sustainable biomass supply chains with thermochemical modeling of biomass utilization processes as well as the application of appropriate technology to the production of biofuels in underdeveloped regions. Dr. Seay is the current Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) and past Vice-Chair and Education Committee Chair for the SEF. In the last several years he has served on the organizing committee for several international sustainability focused conferences.
Dr. Seay leads the University of Kentucky Appropriate Technology and Sustainability (UKATS) research group at the University of Kentucky Paducah Extended Campus. UKATS is focused on developing sustainable, renewable energy solutions for underdeveloped regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. His group has collaborated with the African Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (ACREST) in Cameroon to develop a sustainable process for producing biodiesel from locally available resources. In addition his group is working to develop metrics for evaluating the impacts for renewable energy processes in developing regions. Dr. Seay is a past faculty advisor to two US EPA funded People, Prosperity and the Planet projects focused on sustainable biofuel. Dr. Seay’s outreach activities include hosting local high school students who are interested in participating in sustainability focused research projects. Over 20 students from 5 area high schools have participated over the last 5 years.
Dr. Seay is the inaugural recipient of the AIChE SEF Sustainability Education Award (2013) and has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky (2013). Dr. Seay has a BS from Auburn University (1996), an MS from the University of South Alabama (2005) and a PhD from Auburn University, all in chemical engineering.