Erik is a PhD student at the University of Washington. The need for efficient and sustainable use of our world’s resources has been at the center of Erik’s research focus for the last decade. It started with studying solid earth processes at Western Washington University, where he received a bachelor of science in geology. This deep understanding of earth’s dynamics and the limited availability of fossil fuel resources narrowed his interests and research to studying the development of new types of sustainable fuels. Erik also has an MS from UW, which focused on possible environmental impacts that result from the use of new types of biofuels. His work helps guides his colleagues in academia as well as those in the private sector to develop new types of fuels that reduce our overall impact on the environment.