The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) “Invite a Bioenergy Expert” webinar series will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about using biomass—plant, algae, and organic waste material—to produce renewable fuels and everyday products like cosmetics, plastic bottles, cleaners, clothing, and much more. BETO Technology Manager Dr. Nichole Fitzgerald will also share details about her current projects and help students understand how they can make the leap from the classroom to an exciting, rewarding STEM-based career.
Dr. Nichole Fitzgerald is a Technology Manager in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. She manages research and development projects in BETO’s Conversion Research and Development Program. Nichole is passionate about finding ways to get renewable carbon into the materials we use daily and has pioneered several bioproduct initiatives for BETO. Prior to her current role, Nichole served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at BETO and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed highly effective and now commercially available reagents for pharmaceutical applications. Nichole received her doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary.