Biography

Jean VanderGheynst is Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering at UC Davis.  Her research emphasizes agricultural biotechnology and bioenergy production.  Current projects include investigating algae for water treatment and biofuel production and biological deconstruction if cellulosic biomass for next generation biofuels and bioproducts.  She also leads the NSF GK-12 program Renewable Energy Systems Opportunity for Unified Research Collaboration and Education (RESOURCE).  RESOURCE pairs PhD students with elementary school teachers to develop and deliver STEM curriculum related to renewable energy and environmental sustainability. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University in 1997, Professor VanderGheynst worked as an environmental consultant at Galson, Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y. and in process and manufacturing engineering at Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, M.I.  She has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Scientific and Professional Societies

American Society for Engineering Education
Society for Industrial Microbiology

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