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State science fair winner hosts booth at Cenergy expo

April 16, 2012

High schooler amazes...again

For the second year in a row, Cheyenne Mountain High School student Sara Volz has won the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair at CSU and will move on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa. May 13-18, where last year, she took first in her category.

This year, the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory asked the 17-year-old to host a booth to speak about her research on algae biofuels at CSU’s fourth annual Cenergy Clean Tech Expo on April 18. Through her work with Stephen Chisholm, assistant professor of weed science, Volz’s research has been recognized by several publications, including Popular Science.

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Cenergy Clean Tech Expo

This year’s Cenergy Clean Tech Expo will host keynote speakers Tom Gendron, chief executive officer of Fort Collins-based Woodward, and Dana Christensen, deputy lab director for Science and Technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.

The expo will be held in the East and Middle Ballrooms of the Lory Student Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will showcase cutting-edge, clean-energy research from CSU.

Sponsors include the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, Home State Bank, the Governor’s Energy Office, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Vergent Products, Encorp, Sample and Bailey, and Sage Law Group.

About Cenergy

Cenergy is the business component of the Clean Energy Supercluster. Professor Bryan Willson in mechanical engineering serves as director of the Clean Energy Supercluster and chief scientific officer of Cenergy, overseeing clean-energy research activities of the university.

The mission of the CSU Clean Energy Supercluster is to deliver solutions in clean energy through more effective partnering with the clean-energy industry, governments, investors and the public to rapidly develop product opportunities emerging from CSU’s world-class, clean-energy research. More than 100 CSU faculty members in all eight colleges are directly involved in this institution-wide effort.