Sept 16, 2016

New student, but he’s not new to the research 

By Mason Martin

September 16, 2016

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Mason shows Lane Urick his latest work on the LCA

 

I am happy to say I am the newest member of the team here at the Advanced Fuels Center. I’m currently finishing my last semester at Northern, studying Civil Engineering Technology.  With my focus in the field being environmental engineering, working with the Advanced Fuels Center team seemed to be a natural fit.

The research and implementation of renewable resources has been an interest of mine for some time now, so being able to be a part of the process is exciting for me.  I will be primarily working on the Life Cycle Assessment portion of our research. Having already completed a small LCA for my senior project this past year has helped me step in and hit the ground running. That being said, I have a long way to go and look forward to developing my LCA and research skills further.

My plan is to continue my education and pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering. There is a growing need for Life Cycle Assessments of projects both in practice and in research in the industry, so my experience here will be invaluable to my future endeavors. On top of all the benefits to my resume working here provides, it’s a real treat to work with the talented team at the AFC.

Mason Martin is an MSU Northern senior in Civil Engineering Technology.  Last year he completed his senior project in civil engineering technology, which involved the assessment of the water conundrum at the Hill County Fairgrounds.  He is working this semester with Dr. Eleazer Resurreccion to complete a full life cycle analysis of the Advanced Fuels Center patent-pending process of producing aviation gasoline additives from camelina.  This life cycle analysis will inform the researchers on the environmental sustainability as well as economic feasibility of the process.