April Lovelady

Lovelady, April
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  • State of Texas Service Award (2012)
  • Leadership Development for Success and Change (LDSC) Steering Committee 2(010)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Scholar 2010 USDA National Needs Fellow (2010)
  • MUST Mentor for NASA Internship Program  (2007 )
  • Kennedy Graduate Fellowship Recipient (2007)
  • NASA Silver Quality Dollar Award for Continual Improvement (2005)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
  • American Grant Writers Association

Publications (In Progress)

  • Lovelady, A. and Capareda, S. (2014) Characterization of Miscane As A Biofuel Feedstock and Its Pyrolysis CoProducts. Fuel.
  • Lovelady, A. & Capareda, S. (2014). Characterization of Miscane Feedstock And Its Pyrolysis CoProducts. American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Joint Meeting. Bonita Springs, FL.
  • Lovelady, A. & Day, D. (2014) Butanol Recovery From Fermentation Broth. Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative of Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lovelady, A. (2010) Characterization and Optimization of Bio-oil Under Mild Conditions. Iowa State TCS Symposium. Ames, IA.
  • Lovelady, A. (2010) Hydrogenation of Bio-oil. ASABE National Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lovelady, A. (2010) Bio-oil Characterization and Optimization. Hispanics in Agricultural and the Environment Research Symposium. Kingsville, TX.
  • Lovelady, A. (2007) Environmental Control System For Low Pressure Environments. ASABE National Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lovelady, A. (2007) Hypobaric Testing of Environmental Sensors. NSBE Space Special Interest Group Meeting. Houston, TX.

Relevant Research and Teaching Experience

Jan. 2014 - Present
LSU Agcenter Audubon Sugar Institute, St. Gabriel, La.
Post-Doctoral Researcher,

  • Develop metho.s to separate/concentrate butanol produced during fermentation.
  • Use DOE software to optimize biomass processing procedures.
  • Scale-up fermentation and solvent recovery processes for biofuel production.
  • Supervised undergraduate engineering students performing lab tasks.

Sept. 2009 - May 2012
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
PhD Graduate Studies

  • Pyrolyzed (batch pyrolysis and fluidized bed pyrolysis) various biomass feedstocks and analyzed the pyrolysis co-products.
  • Characterized bio-oil from pyrolyzed biomass (algae, sorghum, and "miscane").
  • Researched traditional and regenerative catalytic methods for bio-oil conversion.
  • Used DOE analysis to design and optimize biofuel production process.
  • Operated and maintained analytical equipment.

Jan. 2012 - Aug. 2012
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas
Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Adapted course instruction to address various student learning styles.
  • Evaluated student performance throughout the semester both formally (utilizing exams, homework, and quizzes) and informally during tutoring sessions.
  • Prepared ABET accreditation reports for PVAMU College of Engineering.
  • CVEG 3043 Environmental Engineering.
  • MCEG 3073 Automatic Controls.
  • CHEG 2043 Thermodynamics I.
  • College of Engineering Enhancement Institute (CE2I).

Other Work Experience

Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013
B/E/Aerospace, Lenexa, Kan.
Systems Engineer

  •  Design system architectures in cooperation with aircraft manufacturers.
  •  Capture and document customer’s system requirements.

May 2003 - July 2009
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Control Systems Engineer

  • Planned and conducted environmental and operational tests on aerospace systems.
  • Assessed, evaluated, and maintained projects for the NASA Advanced Life Support System Program .
  • Developed control schemes for the environmental parameters within enclosed variable pressure chambers including partial pressure of gases.
  • Analyzed proposals and engineering data to determine feasibility, producibility, cost, and production time.
  • Installed and maintained equipment (i.e. pumps, flow meters, valves, etc.).
  • Provided technical support to optimize operations and maximize production rates.
  • Developed models and simulations used to collect empirical data to validate theoretical equations describing the Martian atmosphere.

May 2003 - July 2009
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Project Manager

  • Directed and coordinated the execution of multidisciplinary engineering projects
  • Formulated design criteria for evaluating programs, proposals, and projects.
  • Wrote technical reports and maintained records of performance for future reference.
  • Supervised and evaluated contractors.
  • Produced project budget and scheduling reports.
  • Presented data analyses and project summaries at various meetings and conferences.

  • Biofuels.
  • Engineering.

Ph.D., Engineering w/ concentration in Biofuel Production Processes, Texas A&M University, 2012.
M.S., Engineering w/ concentration in Instrumentation and Controls, Texas A&M University, 2005.
B.S., Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2002.

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