The Ohio State University emphasizes energy education by making students more aware of how energy affects their day-to-day lives and how they can influence change.
Office of Energy and Environment Research Grant Recipients
February 2, 2016
Each fall semester, Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment provides funding opportunities to students researching a particular energy, environment, or sustainability-related issue on or near campus.
In January, OEE announced the 2016 Office of Energy and Environment Research Grant recipients, selected to receive funding support based on their interest in or pursuit of a worthwhile project in energy, environment or sustainability. These students will work on their research projects for up to one year from the awarding of their funding, and submit their findings upon conclusion of their projects.
Enkhtuul Tsogtbaatar, a graduate student in molecular genetics, is working to identify the factors that limit oil production from pennycress. This plant, which is considered a weed in most states but can grow anywhere, under any condition, with less work than other crops, could replace the use of corn and soybeans for fuel and can be planted in fields in the winter without depleting nutrients in the soil.
As a graduate student majoring in soil science and pursuing her teaching license, Tania Burgos-Hernández is researching the quality and carbon balance of Ohio State soils. She will begin to sample the soil from various parts of campus in May and then test the quality and carbon cycle from each sample to have an accurate map of soil materials on campus.
Shaun Fontanella, a graduate student in geography, is investigating the use of electricity information systems in Mendenhall Laboratory on campus. His research will focus on whether presenting students and staff with building consumption data will decrease electricity use. Fontanella will also look into the benefits of expanding the system across campus.
A graduate student in biological engineering, Beenish Saba is researching a simultaneous system of electricity generation and bio-treatment of wastewater from textile plants. Saba’s research will look at how microbial fuel cells clean wastewater but also directly produce electricity from organic wastes found in the large volumes of wastewater produced by textile plants.