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Contact: Jenna Higgins Rose
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The prestigious World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders program has invited a former co-chair of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel to join. Deval Pandya, currently a Data Scientist in Advanced Analytics at Shell, will participate in the program designed to help shape, inspire and grow the energy leaders of tomorrow.
Pandya served as a co-chair of NGSB from 2011 - 2013, while pursuing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He attended the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo three times as a student, as well as other events like the Biodiesel Technical Workshop, featuring top biodiesel scientists from around the world.
The NGSB program is intended to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry. The National Biodiesel Board oversees the program, with support from the United Soybean Board and other funders.
Pandya said he’s honored to be selected as a Future Energy Leader, and believes serving as co-chair of the student biodiesel program added value to his application.
“My exposure through the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel not only improved my technical understanding of biodiesel, but opened my eyes as to how important it is to look beyond the goggles of science in the nexus of energy, food and water,” Pandya said. “Having an outlook balanced by the non-technical part of the equation, like behaviors, policy and geopolitics, has set me up for success.”
Pandya will contribute to the Council’s global dialogue on energy, with upcoming meetings taking place in London and Milan.
“It’s gratifying to see the students whose interest in biodiesel we have fostered through this program rise up and become energy thought leaders,” said Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board director of sustainability. “That’s one of our primary goals – it is a long-term investment to lead a student program like this. Deval earned this honor and we are proud to have supported him.”
Meanwhile, the NGSB program seeks two new co-chairs to join sitting co-chairs Jennifer Greenstein, North Carolina State University and James Brizendine, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Applications are due May 4. Visit BiodieselSustainability.com/next-generation-scientists-for-biodiesel/ for information on how to apply.
Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. NBB is the U.S. biodiesel trade association.
For more information on biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org. For more information on the scholarship program, visit www.biodieselsustainability.com.