So today I attended the “Cellulosic Ethanol Project” presentation by senior engineering major Jeff Bennett and two of his classmates. While I only understood about 1/3 of the presentation (due to my own limitations, NOT the quality of the presenters), I was quite impressed with the research, testing, and experimenting that these guys did on whether using corn stover is an economically viable way for farmers to create ethanol. The basic premise: on a small scale, is it cost-effective for a farmer to recycle the dredges of his corn crop to make a renewable energy source? Not yet, seemed to be the answer. But, these guys did a tremendous amount of work, rigged up an impressive system, and learned a lot about enzymes, yeast, and saccharification (perhaps my new favorite word for today).
You might be wondering why a girl from PR would venture into the unknown world of engineering for a presentation on corn stover and ethanol. Quite simply — Jeff Bennett (see photo). You see, Jeff and his lovely fiance Carolyn attend my church, and I, like so many others, have grown really fond of them over the years. I liked them immediately when I first met them at a church potluck luncheon. They were outgoing and eager to get involved in the life of the church. Since, I have been blessed by their talents on worship team, have admired their willingness to spend Wednesday nights helping out with our children’s program, and have celebrated with them when they got engaged.
Jeff and Carolyn are just one example of Messiah College students who are excelling in their classes, contributing to the broader community, and loving the Lord with their talents.