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Dr. Ira Levine
presents at Florida Polytechnic University

Dr. Ira Levine shared information about the Algae Technology Education Consortium’s (ATEC) work in developing curriculum related to the growing and utilization of algae.  As the algal production industry grows, so will the demand for researchers, scientists and engineers. This field is quickly generating the need for careers like algae farming, biotechnology and data analytics. The presentation was held in Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building on the main campus in Lakeland, Florida.

ATEC’s First Graduates
from the Algae Certificate Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their Associate Applied Science Degree in Controlled Environment Agriculture with a certificate in Algae Cultivation.

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Introduction to Algae MOOC

ATEC is excited to announce the Introduction to Algae Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The Massive Open Online Course offered through Coursera was produced by the University of San Diego and the Algae Technology Education Consortium and taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine, University of Southern Maine. This course brings together some of foremost algae experts from industry and academia to share their experience and understandings of the fundamentals of algae. We invite you to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to learn the “Power of Algae” and share this course with your colleagues in the science community, educators, and your social networks.

Click here and enroll today!

For more information, contact Ira “Ike” Levine at or

ATEC Scores Top 3 in U.S. Department of Energy
Bioenergy Technologies Office Peer Review

The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office undertook a formal project review. The panel of six external experts from industry, academia, and other government agencies reviewed the ATEC project and scored it NUMBER 3 (out of 39 projects) in the overall Advanced Algal Systems technology area. Reviewers evaluated and scored projects for their approach, technical progress and accomplishments, and relevance to BETO goals and future plans.

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Advanced Algal Systems Technology Area PDF

Algae Education Helping Grow Jobs of the Future
From the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Algae are coming out of the pond and into the classroom, thanks to the significant efforts of the Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) this past year. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is funding ATEC’s project to strengthen workforce capabilities in the algal biofuels industry.

The BETO has posted a blog about ATEC’s first year successes. Click here to read the blog post: