BioBus is an interdisciplinary entrepreneurial student initiative that recycles waste vegetable oil from ISU campus dining facilities into biodiesel fuel to power the city of Ames' CyRide buses. While the goal of the organization is to increase sustainability at Iowa State by recycling, the underlying emphasis is to create an experiential learning program to integrate students, faculty, and the community. The club is currently comprised of a diverse group of students in business, engineering, agricultural, and bio-renewable technology fields. This major diversity provides a unique platform for cross-disciplinary learning and sharing while working towards a common goal. Another part of the BioBus mission is to provide an educational experience to young people. We believe that educating our future leaders is important in creating a workable and efficient society. BioBus is open to all students on campus as well as faculty, staff, and visitors from the surrounding communities.
Constitution / Tier
||End of every spring semester.
||Once a week meetings.
Description of Regular Meetings/Activities
|Business Meetings are where we deal with organizational, educational and financial aspects of the BioBus project. Some of the things we do are coming up with fundraising ideas, contacting potential sponsors, managing websites, planning outreach and education ventures, and spreading the word about ISU BioBus. This semester we will be working under the leadership of President of Business Casey Nelson. Business meetings may be of interest to those individuals pursuing studies in communication or business, but again we are always looking for new additions to our team. Anyone is welcome to participate!
Engineering Meetings are where we do what's necessary to make fuel. We work with our processor to produce as much high quality biodiesel as possible. Another task we accomplish is collecting oil from UDCC down the street from the BRL. We'll be working this semester under the leadership of our new President of Engineering, Carly Polson. Engineering meetings may be of interest to those pursuing fields in engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, or any of the hard sciences. However, we always welcome new members on our team and everyone is invited to participate!
Description of Special Events