- B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, Saint Martin’s University, 2012
- Currently pursuing S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, expected 2014 [Advisor: Professor Steven Barrett]
Fields: Alternative Fuels, Sustainability of Algae-Derived Biofuels
Lab Role: Research Assistant
I was born and raised in the state of Washington in the small town of Rochester. In 2012, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Saint Martin’s University. Currently, I’m pursing a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, while working as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment. My research focuses primarily on the sustainability of algae-derived biofuel production methods at a commercial level. Additionally, I am analyzing the feasibility and benefit of integrating wastewater treatment and coal-power generation facilities with algae-derived biofuel production facilities. All of my research is being performed under my advisor, Dr. Steven Barrett.
My previous experience in aviation and alternative fuels includes a limited amount of helicopter pilot training through Glacier Aviation, as well as a senior design project at Saint Martin’s University which produced both electricity and purified water exclusively from human energy.
Outside of my studies and research, I enjoy creative writing, videography, and experiencing local restaurants and culture. I’m also an avid motocross enthusiast, amateur off-road unicyclist, and an experienced violinist.
Publications and Presentations
“Envirocycle,” Ames, J. et al., Saint Martin’s University Senior Design Presentation, May 2012, http://jacobames.wix.com/envirocycle