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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 (Oct. 31, 2023)

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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.

UPDATED! This article is intended to present the international progress in the developing biofuels as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), and develop a new type of SAF to aid further commercial research. This article is in the interest of the development in reducing the carbon footprint in the aviation industry. The challenge is to develop a SAF from a sample of various natural renewable sources, and analyze and test their energy in combination with cost-competitiveness and the property to clean-burn in the existing models of jet engines. This article will analyze the performance of these SAF blends using the following variables: , while reviewing more efficient jet engine fuel burn methods, with the hope of vastly improving the timespan of which it will take the commercial aviation industry to completely incorporate SAF in day to day passenger travel.