Locations

Moscow

Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (208) 885-6579
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: (208) 885-9031
Email: medept@uidaho.edu

Engineering Physics (EP)
Room 324K

875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Boise

Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
Fax: (208) 364-3160
Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

uidaho.edu/boise-engineering

Idaho Falls

Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
Email: debrac@uidaho.edu

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Distance Education

Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
Toll-free: (800) 824-2889
Fax: (208) 885-9249
E-mail: outreach@uidaho.edu

eo.uidaho.edu

Judy Steciak Bioenergy Research Group

Bioenergy Research Group

Mission:
BERG pursues applied and fundamental research to develop combustion solutions for renewable energy production and improved efficiency of non-renewable energy generation. Information and technology developments are disseminated through publications, presentations, teaching, and workshops. Close collaboration with industry ensures implementation of research results.

Faculty:
Dr. Judi Steciak, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, combustion and air pollution issues.
Dr. Ralph Budwig, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, fluid mechanics and experimental methods
Dr. Steve Beyerlein, Professor or Mechanical Engineering, internal combustion engine dynamics.

Research Projects:
Catalytic ignition of renewable transportation vehicles.
Improved combustion efficiency of heavy hydrocarbon fuels.
Slag-free gasification and combustion of herbaceous biomass.
Small-scale reacting flow devices.

Class Offerings:
ME433 Combustion Engine Systems.
ME529 Combustion and Air Pollution.
ME547 Thermal Radiation Processes.
ME583 Reliability of Engineering Systems.

Students:
Duane Elgan, MSME candidate, Detailed kinetics modeling of methane ignition on platinum.
David Mehaffey, MSME, Ignition of ethanol on platinum and platinum-rhodium, 2011.
Brad McGary, MSME, Catalytic ignition of biodiesel, 2011.
Joshua Royce, MSME, Unsteady modeling of a catalytic plasma torch, 2010.
Joshua Gibson, MSME, Catalytic ignition of aqueous ethanol, 2009.
Katrina Leichliter, MSME, Catalytic ignition of moist propane, 2007.
Bob Lounsbury, MSME, Catalytic ignition of propane blends, 2007.
Don Plumlee, PhD, Meso-scale thrusters for satellite positioning, 2007.
Amit Patel, MSME, Development of a plug-flow reactor, 2004.
Jim Scranton, MSME, Design and economic analysis of a portable straw burning electric generator, 2001.

Funding Agencies:
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Defense
US Department of Energy
US Department of Transportation
NASA
National Science Foundation
Idaho Energy Division
Idaho Higher Education Research Council
Idaho Transportation Department

Industry, Academic and Agency Collaborators:
Automotive Resources, Inc.
Boise State University
Energy Products of Idaho, Inc.
Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
National Institute of Advanced Transportation Technology

BioEnergy Research Group
Judi Steciak
phone: 208-364-4938
fax: 208-364-3160