Appalachian State University students Kelsey Simon, left, and Ali Moxley took second place in the Food Solutions Challenge in April.

What has 18 wheels and runs on corn chips? Thanks to a food solution from two Appalachian State University students, a chip producer’s transportation fleet well could.

Senior chemistry major and sustainable business minor Kelsey Simon and senior management major and nutrition and sustainable business minor Ali Moxley placed second in the international Food Solutions Challenge, held during the Global Food Solutions Conference April 19-21 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Their food solution converts used frying oil from corn chip production to biodiesel to fuel a chip company’s transportation fleet. The Food Solutions Challenge is designed to raise awareness and holistic thinking around issues stemming from food production and distribution with a goal of making the food supply chain more carbon neutral.

Appalachian was one of six finalists in the competition, which began as a field of 50. The other finalists were McGill University in Quebec, Canada, University of California Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Texas State University and the DC Net Impact professionals chapter.


Watch the Original Pitch Video

Kelsey Simon said she and Ali Moxley had only had two and half weeks to create the video and pitch for the competition.

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By Haley Childers. Published May 8, 2017.


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