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2006 National Engineer's Week

February 19 - 25, 2006

This year's theme is "Engineers Make a World of Difference."

The 2006 Engineer's Week dinner meeting is being held in conjunction with the Shenandoah Section of the Roanoke Chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers). Other local societies also participate.

Take pride in your profession and come help us celebrate National Engineer’s Week. Our speaker has assured us that the program will be appropriate for engineers and non-engineers so please bring your spouse or significant other to the meeting. Students are very welcome, too.

Date: Thursday February 23, 2006

Speaker: Luke Scruby, Student, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - "Biofuels and Big Green Buses"

PowerPoint Presentation: Big Green Buses - 1.06 MB PDF


The presentation, Biofuels and Big Green Buses, covers the design and the construction process of converting first a school bus and then a car to run on waste vegetable oil from restaurants and the problems encountered on the long and winding road to Alaska. When the 1984 diesel-powered bus suffered catastrophic engine failure in Indianapolis, Indiana the group returned home. However, once back in Charlottesville, Scruby went to work outfitting his 1976 Mercedes 240D diesel sedan for the trip to Alaska. Scruby and Wilcox made the trip to Alaska, ultimately using 50 gallons of diesel for a 13,000 + mile road trip.

Biographical Information:

Luke Scruby is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at the University of Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech for his first two years of college before transferring to Virginia in order to study Arabic. During the summer of 2005, he collaborated with Scott Wilcox, a high school friend and horticulture major at Auburn University, and his sister, a 2004 graduate of Virginia Tech, to found Alternate Transport LLC and convert a school bus to run on recycled waste vegetable oil for a trip to Alaska. Mr. Scruby expects to graduate in the spring of 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a familiarity with the Arabic language, and a commitment to the United States Navy.

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