There never seem to be quite enough hands on deck at the EAE plant so this summer we decided to bring on a skilled intern to help – he’s been at the EAE plant for a few weeks and we wish he were staying forever!
Rising senior Michael Boerman grew up on a small farm in Marion, NY and is studying Agricultural Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He first became interested in anaerobic digestion (AD) when he participated in the Cornell Junior Dairy Leaders Program while in high school. Cornell’s own Curt Gooch, Dairy Facilities and Waste Management Engineer, spoke to Michael’s high school group about AD and Michael was hooked.
During the summer after his freshman year at Cornell, Michael travelled to Germany, first to study at the University of Hohenheim and then to work on a nearby farm with an AD system. Michael’s experience in Germany solidified his intent to work on AD facilities for the long-term. After completing his senior year at Cornell, Michael hopes to continue his AD work either by returning to Germany for a 1-year graduate program or working for an AD facility in the US.
Anyone who has worked on an AD facility before knows that they don’t run themselves. Having a motivated, skilled, and knowledgeable extra set of hands has been invaluable over the past several weeks and we hope to continue to work with interns like Michael in the future.