Megan E. Hums

Research Assistant
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering,
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Assistant
Environmental Fuel Research, LLC
859 N Camac St
Philadelphia, PA 19123


Megan Hums is a research assistant at Drexel University where she is working towards her PhD in Chemical Engineering (2011- graduation expected in 2015).  Her research is focused on techno-economic and environmental impacts of high-lipid, low-value waste materials.  Megan graduated from Widener University (2007-2011) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and minor in Chemistry.  She was project lead of her senior project:  “Recovery of acetic acid through countercurrent liquid-liquid extraction using ethyl acetate.”  Megan passed the fundamentals of engineering exam in October 2010.

 Ms. Hums has one year experience in industry as a co-op student while at Widener University.  She was first a process engineer at the DuPont Project Engineering Center (DPEC) in Wilmington, DE (2008).  She was responsible for revising project diagrams, determining equipment specifications, and comparing research bids from vendors for ordering equipment.  Her second co-op/part-time employment was as a process engineer in refinery development at Johnson Matthey in West Deptford, NJ (2010-2011).  Megan optimized process conditions and successfully transitioned laboratory research to large scale production for catalyst production and refining intermediates. 

 Megan has shown leadership and management skills after successfully establishing two organizations at Widener University.  She was a founder and president of the Gamma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity (a professional chemistry fraternity).  She also helped start Engineers without Borders-Widener University acting as project manager.  Megan traveled on two assessment trips to Ella Drua, Panama to design a solar energy system for a rural indigenous community of about 100 residents..

Presentations and Publications

Hums, M.E., R.A. Cairncross, and S. Spatari. Life Cycle Assessment for the Production of Biodiesel from Trap Grease. Presented at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) 2013. 2013. Cincinnati, OH.

Hums, M.E., C.J. Stacy, R.A. Cairncross, and S. Spatari. Well-to-Wheel Life Cycle Assessment for the Production of Biodiesel from Trap Grease, presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting:  Life Cycle Analysis of Bio-Based Fuels, Energy and Chemicals I. 2012: Pittsburgh, PA.

Kul, Ismail, Krishna Bhat, Megan Hums, Michael R. Miller, & Sevil Sener, A comparative study of the volumetric properties of aqueous solutions of pyridine and piperidine derivatives. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 2013. 351: p. 94-104.

Role in SBIR Project

Megan Hums is the primary investigator (PI) for this SBIR project.  Megan will be responsible for the techno-economic analysis and the environmental impacts of the grease-to-biodiesel process.  She will work with the co-op student to collect and analyze the grease composition data and incorporate that data into the process and LCA models.  She will also collaborate with the USDA for on wiped-film evaporation and biodiesel composition analysis.