Edwardsville, Ill. (PRWEB) June 14, 2013
The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville began its 10th anniversary celebration Thursday by hosting more than 100 guests who are in St. Louis for the annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) at America’s Center.
“What we’re truly celebrating is the biofuels industry’s growth and development during the past 10 years,” said Center Director John Caupert. “This continues to be the only facility in the world where research for ethanol, advanced biofuels and specialty chemicals are all occurring simultaneously.”
Caupert and his staff conducted tours of the Center’s pilot plant, analytical laboratories and fermentation suite. They also hosted a lunch for “A Celebration of Feedstocks and Fuels.”
The majority of domestic and international visitors touring the facility were biofuels industry vendors and those interested in biofuels and specialty chemicals research and development along with ethanol producers and farmers. Representing SIUE were Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ann Boyle and Vice Chancellor for University Relations Patrick Hundley.
Government representatives from Illinois included Mary Shalapin for U.S. Rep. William Enyart (D-12th district), Philip Lasseigne for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13th district) and Steve Tomaszewski for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-15th district). Jim Larkin filled in for state Dept. of Agriculture Director Bob Flider.
Caupert is equally proud of the Center’s history in workforce training. “More than 600 individuals have received work force training here,” he said. “More than 92 percent of those folks are gainfully employed in the biofuels, specialty chemicals and refining industries.”
Arisdyne was the Tour Day sponsor while Center corporate donors Burns and McDonnell, CPT and Siemens also were represented.
About the Center
The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds. Established through federal and state initiatives, with support from the Illinois and National Corn Growers Associations, the Center promotes rural development and economic stimulus and is providing tomorrow’s workforce with the skills needed to meet the challenges of a changing energy environment. Designated as a Biorefining Center of Excellence, the Center assists in developing the technologies needed to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and provide consumers with economically sound and environmentally responsible fuel options. Research initiatives in renewable energy at the Center are supported through grants, contracts and donor contributions. For more information, contact Courtney Breckenridge, (618) 401-9218, cbreckenridge(at)ethanolresearch(dot)com, or visit http://www.ethanolresearch.com.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.