- BSc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2009
- Currently pursuing a SM in Technology & Policy, 2013 (Advisor: Professor Steven Barrett)
Fields: Alternative Fuels, Energy & Environmental Policy
Lab Role: Research Assistant
I come from Edmonton, Canada, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in MIT’s Technology & Policy program. My research is focused on advanced fermentation pathways for the production of drop-in renewable jet fuels. The work aims to evaluate a range of production technologies on the basis of their life cycle greenhouse gas intensity, consumptive water intensity and production cost, and to use these metrics to evaluate advanced fermentation against other renewable jet fuel production technologies.
Publications and Presentations
Staples M.D., Environmental and economic viability of bio-chemical sugar-to-jet fuel production pathways. Poster session presented at: Biomass 2012. 5th annual conference of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program; 2012 Jul 10-11; Washington, DC.