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February 15th, 2011
This post is presented by SBE, the Society for Biological Engineering—a global organization of leading engineers and scientists dedicated to advancing the integration of biology with engineering. In the search for biofuels, algae shows great potential. In a TEDx talk, Dr. Kimberly Ogden takes on the subject of algae-based biofuels as an alternative energy source. Her talk can be viewed in the video panel at right. Kimberly Ogden received her BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the UA in the fall of 1992, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is currently on the managing board of SBE and the secretary of AIChE www.aiche.org. Kim’s research focus includes bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels from algae and sweet sorghum and microbiological water quality. She is the engineering technical lead for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts or NAABB. NAABB is working to make biofuels and bioproducts from algae a reality. The team consists of multiple universities, government laboratories and industrial partners. For more information about this area, please check out the NAABB website. Kimberly Ogden is also involved in teacher outreach programs. She has run a NSF Research Experiences for Teachers Program for over ten years, where teams of teachers spend 5 to 6 weeks in the summer doing research in the UA laboratories and transfer what they learn directly to the K-12 classroom through relevant lesson plans. She is also the principal investigator for a NSF GK-12 engineering program. For more information please visit the GK12 website. Last fall, Kimberly did an AIChE webinar titled Algae to Bioproducts and Biofuels, Challenges and Promising Technologies.