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May 14, 2021

CBE student selected for DOE Graduate Student Research program

Written By: Jason Daley

 William Cordell
William Cordell

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineering graduate student William Cordell for its Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.

Cordell is one of 78 graduate students from 26 states selected for the program, which supports researchers working on projects of significant importance to the Office of Science that address societal challenges at the national and international scale. Projects include fundamental research in energy science, earth science, environmental systems, nuclear physics, fusion R&D, machine learning, data science and more.

The SCGSR program offers students world-class training and access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources at Department of Energy National Laboratories where they are invited to conduct part of their thesis research in collaboration with Department of Energy scientists.

Cordell currently studies in the lab of Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Professor Brian Pfleger. He studies methods for creating value-added chemicals derived from free fatty acids, optimizing strains for production of free fatty acids and fermentation engineering. He will conduct his SCGSR research at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado.