Author Archives: Laura Ives

Summer 2017 BPW Natural Gas Energy Park Tour

We recently toured the Holland Energy Park’s new natural gas fired generating facility.  Thanks very much for an excellent, informative tour.  It is an extremely clean, well-planned facility that is a great addition to this community.  Here we are on top of the cooling tower platform…

MSUBI Lab Bench to Plant Workshop

Every year, our new interns participate in a great workshop put on by the staff at MSUBI.  It is a hands-on learning experience where participants work to scale up a biodiesel process from the lab to the plant.  Our students operate the pilot plant reactors, control systems and plant support systems to make biodiesel.  They learn about market conditions, environmental requirements, process safety management, and how to make a batch record.  They see all the plant equipment, and learn about product costing, maintenance, and materials management.  This is a unique opportunity to operate a production plant.


Dr. Hyejin Park

The OESL lab is pleased to announce that Dr. Hyejin Park has joined us.  Hyejin has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama.  She received her BS from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  She lives in Holland with her husband and two year old son.

Welcome Hyejin, we are glad you have joined us.

Spring at MSUBI

Welcome to spring at MSUBI.  The Holland area is particularly beautiful this time of year.  Even the tulips are blooming already and the whole town is preparing for the Tulip Time festival.

We are also ready to welcome our researchers for the summer:

Rachel Beltman – Graduate of University of Detroit Mercy

Korey Cook – Graduate of Hope College

Anthony Porath – Student at Alma College

Anna-Catharina Wilhelm – Graduate of Michigan Technological University

Congratulations to Rachel, Korey, Anthony and Anna.  We are excited to get to work with you.

PittCon in Chicago

This week our lab personnel visited Chicago and the PittCon Expo.  They brought back some pictures:

Hyejin with a frog that has been trained to wear safety glasses…

Nick and Shane with…  (?)

Okay, I’m glad everyone had fun, now back to work. 🙂

Shane Mann

Shane Mann is joining us as a researcher for the OESLab.  He comes to us as a recent graduate of Central Michigan University.

And a quick throwback to when Shane was a 2015 summer intern with the OESLab…

Research Laboratory Chemist Position

Please note, these positions have been filled.  Profiles of our new researchers to come….

The Organic Energy Storage Laboratory at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, MI is posting a full-time position for a Research Laboratory Chemist.  The candidate will perform original research in energy storage involving organic synthesis, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and spectroscopy.

This position will also assist with the lab’s summer internship program, working with undergraduate interns and their research projects.

A successful candidate will consider organic chemistry their favorite class and lab, and enjoy synthesis and working in a lab setting.  Chemistry degree preferred, recent graduates feel free to apply.

Send cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation to Laura Ives at