Virtual Lunch & Learn Lecture - Converting Waste to Energy & Sustainable Materials
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT (Convert to your local time zone)
Location: Online via Zoom (you will receive the link when you register)
Join your fellow Florida Tech alumni for a virtual Lunch & Learn Lecture by faculty member Dr. Toufiq Reza
The organic fraction of municipal solid wastes largely containing food wastes is a huge economic and environmental liability for the planet. In this lecture, upcycling organic fraction of municipal solid wastes into energy and materials will be introduced and challenges of individual applications will be discussed.
Dr. Toufiq Reza is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences of Florida Institute of Technology. He leads the Biofuels Research Lab at Florida Tech with a primary research interest in thermochemical conversions of biomass and biowastes. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Sugarbush Foundation. Six Ph.D. students and five undergraduate students, including five students from under-represented groups, are involved in his research group.
He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He has published sixty-eight peer-reviewed journal articles, five patents, two book chapters, and more than one hundred oral and poster presentations.
Dr. Reza was named to the I&EC Research 2021 Class of Influential Researchers – The Americas by the Journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC Research). In 2019, he received the Marvan E. and Ann D. White Research Award from Ohio University. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund New Doctoral Investigator Grant aimed to develop sustainable solvents for refinery processes.
Dr. Reza is a member of multiple scientific societies including AIChE, ACS, and ASABE. He is an officer of the AIChE Environmental Division and co-chair of the technical section – Water. He is also the secretary of PRS-707 Food & Organic Waste Management & Utilization at the ASABE. He is a Section Editor in Energies journal. He has edited two special editions of Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery Journal and Energies Journal.