The Biodiesel Initiative truck

Using Engineering To Turn Waste Into Value

The Stagg-Williams' group focuses on producing and characterizing alternative fuels and higher-value products from waste streams. Different feedstocks have been investigated, including algae, agricultural residue, municipal sludge, and various oils. Our work studies all aspects of the process, including novel catalysts, reaction engineering and intensification strategies, and the relationship between the feedstock and product properties. We collaborate with chemical, environmental, and mechanical engineering researchers and groups across campus and other universities. Dr. Stagg-Williams is committed to providing engineering education and research opportunities that help prepare students to solve the world's most challenging problems.