LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 25, 2016) — Kazi Javed, associate professor of chemistry at Kentucky State University (KSU), has always been committed to bringing science to life for his students. This summer, he is doing just that thanks to a unique partnership with the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER).
Javed, who teaches an analytical instrumentation class at KSU, is volunteering in the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group at CAER this summer. With a focus in the classroom on instrument design and method development, Javed is bringing KSU students to CAER’s lab this summer to introduce and train them on instrumentation not available at KSU.
Joining Javed are four students: Ma’Kaylah Garrett, a biology student from Indianapolis, Indiana; Steven Hall, a mechanical engineering student from Frankfort, Kentucky; Andrew Lentini, a mechanical engineering student from Shelbyville, Kentucky; and Siraj Ramsey, a mechanical engineering student from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The mechanical engineering students are taking part in KSU and UK’s joint program, where the students attend KSU for three years and UK for two years. Participants receive a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from KSU and a bachelor's degree in engineering from UK.
This collaborative work was made possible thanks to National Science Foundation grants titled “MRI: Acquisition of a Gas Chromatograph with Dual Detection Capabilities to be Used in Sustainable Energy Research” (award number 1531637) and “SusChEM: Promotion of Nickel Catalysts for the Conversion of Biomass-derived Oils to Fuel-like Hydrocarbons” (award number 1437604).
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