Dr. William Schaffers is a Project Engineer at the EERC, where he conducts technical work and evaluates coal conversion and other chemical processes in support of energy and environmental projects. This includes assisting in concept development and proposal preparation, managing work scopes and budgets, collaborating on multidisciplinary teams, and mentoring junior staff. Will holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming; an M.S. degree in Agronomy – Agricultural Chemicals from Texas A&M University; and a B.S. degree in Crop Science from Oregon State University, Corvallis. Prior to his position at the EERC, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the University of Wyoming.
Will’s principal areas of interest and expertise include coal and biomass conversion, solvent extraction of coal, AspenPlus software modeling, and Fischer–Tropsch catalysis. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Rocky Mountain Catalysis Society. Will has authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed and other professional publications.
As a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming about 10 years ago, Will first visited the EERC and was impressed by the facility. Since then, he has seen the EERC involved in many interesting areas and was excited about the opportunity to work on some of those projects.
Will grew up on a family farm in Sublimity, Oregon, about 70 miles south of Portland, Oregon. He has lived in Wyoming for a total of 11 years. He has been married to his wife for 27 years, and together they enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, and biking. Will also enjoys hunting and fishing.