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GIS poster takes 1st place prize at SyracuseCoE Symposium  Two second-year GIS students were awarded first place prize in the M.S. student poster competition at the 13th Annual Syracuse Center for Excellence Symposium on Urban Reinvention and Resilience, held October 21-22, 2013, at the Convention Center at Oncenter, Syracuse, NY. Daniel Bruton and David Frank were recognized for their work on waste-cooking-oil to-biodiesel conversion (see the news story below for details on this alternative energy research project). In all, GIS students and faculty members delivered 6 oral presentations and 4 poster presentations at the conference. For more information about this year's symposium, visit the SyracuseCoE website here.

Thomas A. Trabold, GIS Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable MobilityGIS cooking-oil-to-biofuel program update  RIT's Athenaeum magazine recently spotlighted progress by GIS Associate Professor Tom Trabold and two second-year master’s students in a wide-ranging study of the feasibility of converting waste cooking oil from campus dining services into biodiesel and heating oil for use by the university. Daniel Bruton and David Frank are now assisting Trabold in refining the conversion technology and evaluating the economics of the process and its environmental footprint. The project builds on an earlier partnership between RIT and the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services during which university researchers developed a used-cooking-oil-to-biodiesel process.
More information about this ongoing sustainability project is in the Athenaeum article, available here.

Attendance and papers at 2013 ASME Power Conference, July 29–August 1, 2013, Boston, MA.
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Thomas A. Trabold, GIS Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable MobilityCooking-oil-to-fuel refining program expands City newspaper spotlighted RIT’s ongoing biofuel conversion program headed by Dr. Thomas Trabold, GIS Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility. The article explains how RIT has teamed with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services to develop an efficient process to turn used waste cooking oil collected by the county into biodiesel for use by county vehicles (the program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Now the R&D program will also begin refining the 4,000 gallons of waste cooking oil left over from RIT’s own dining services into fuel to heat campus buildings and power RIT vehicles. The ultimate goal is to determine the sustainability benefits and long-term cost-effectiveness of waste cooking oil refining. The full article is available from City online here.

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