GOALS: The long-term goal of this IGERT project is to provide an effective and supportive infrastructure at Kansas State University to respond to opportunities for development of alternative biomass-derived energy solutions which leverage Kansas strengths and assets. Specific goals include include the following:
Preparation of students to become research and educational leaders who can meet the evolving needs of the bio-based energy industry through a deep appreciation of the interrelated impact of economic, technological, agrarian, and societal issues.
Establishment of a vibrant community of researchers focused on systems-oriented solutions to converting biomass into energy and products. IGERT resources will strengthen existing interdisciplinary efforts as described below.
Development of agricultural practices and conversion technologies that (1) significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the production of biofuels and chemicals; and (2) achieve sustainable and efficient conversion of biomass.