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Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

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

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

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

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Kenneth Sheffler

Electrical Engineering

Junior
Potlatch, Idaho
Faculty mentor: Erik Coats, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Manage the Nitrogen Cycle

Powering the World Through Biomass Waste

Grand Challenge Pitch

I studied abroad at University of South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. At USP, I took a renewable energies course and one of the main topics covered was anaerobic digestion. Since then, I have been very interested in the application of digesters to convert waste to energy. Studying in Fiji opened my eyes to the impacts of climate change and the importance of finding renewable sources of energy. Learning about renewable sources of energy in a developing country inspired me to implement this process in applications in the United States. It is my belief that anaerobic digesters can be a step to limit waste, mitigate climate change and represents a great renewable source of energy.

Kenneth Sheffler
Kenneth Sheffler

I will lead an anaerobic digestion related research project. I will be conducting a biogas feasibility assessment paper for the University of Idaho this academic year.

I plan to complete a junior ISEM course on the subject of energy, sustainability, power or other related topics. Potential classes include Building Our Energy Policy or Sustainability and Higher Education.

I will complete the 3 credit class BUS 414 in spring 2019 as well as compete in the Idaho Pitch Event proposing my biogas septic tank digester business idea. This will link the technical information I have been studying to the business world.

I have spent a semester abroad in Suva, Fiji through U of I study abroad program. Additionally, I will actively participate with the Humanitarian Engineering Corps to provide the community of Carani, Bolivia with clean water access.

I will spend two-weeks on a U of I service learning trip to Ecuador and work with Green Empowerment to build biogas digesters and other renewable energy technologies in rural communities.

Grand Challenge Focus Area

Manage the Nitrogen Cycle

It doesn’t offer as catchy a label as “global warming,” but human-induced changes in the global nitrogen cycle pose engineering challenges just as critical as coping with the environmental consequences of burning fossil fuels for energy.

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

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

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

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

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach