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Fall 2023

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Kasia Piekielniak

Class of 2024Dudley, Massachusetts


Hello! My name is Kasia Piekielniak and my Polygence project is on international sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development! I chose to work on this project because I am planning on majoring in aerospace engineering, once I get to college. This project does not only cater to my interests but also aids in the decarbonization of the aviation industry to better our earth! After completing my research paper, I hope to publish it in a scientific journal.


  • "Assessment of International Efforts in Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Development for Commercial Aircraft" with mentor Lauren (Working project)

Project Portfolio

Assessment of International Efforts in Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Development for Commercial Aircraft

Started Mar. 28, 2023

Abstract or project description

Climate change continues to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century, contributing to human and financial losses across developed and developing nations. The transportation sector plays a huge role in global gas emissions; in particular, aviation remains unelectrified due to inadequate battery technology to power plane flight, motivating the need for more sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). This work assesses efforts of governments, corporations, and academia alike to develop jet fuel replacements with similar performance but less emissions. It closes with a recommendation for a path forward with SAFs.