Think about biofuels for a minute. Now, what comes to mind? Ethanol? Biodiesel? If your knowledge of biofuel ends there, you’re certainly not alone. But with the book Why Are We Producing Biofuels?, father-son co-authors Robert and Tristan Brown delve into the subject in a way designed for all audiences to comprehend. So even if you’re not a scientist, you’ll walk away with an understanding of the social and scientific importance of biofuels.

As one of the “Top 100 People in Bioenergy,” Robert Brown knows his biofuels, while attorney Tristan Brown knows the ins and outs of the social and political issues concerning the subject. And we’re lucky to have them both at Iowa State — Robert as the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering, and Tristan as a research associate at Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute.

Authorities. Specialists. Thought leaders. No matter how you describe them, this much is true: Iowa State is full of experts who are known and respected around the world for everything from biofuels and business to architecture and apparel design. At Iowa State, students get the opportunity to learn from professors who are experts in their field. Which goes a long way to help those students become leaders.

Learn more about Iowa State’s biofuel-related majors:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Engineering
Biorenewable Resources and Technology interdisciplinary graduate program