Dr. Tas earned her Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches several classes related to the utilization of plant-based hydrocarbons as a more sustainable means to societies’ energy use. Further, Dr. Tas also teaches a big-data analysis class helping students to visualize and better understand data as well as the senior SRES capstone class.
Currently, Dr. Tas is the Program Coordinator for the Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems program. She is also a member and faculty advisor for the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE) and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Dr. Tas' current research interests lie in biorenewable resources with a focus on biofuels for green aviation fuel and biodiesel. This work consists of identifying and implementing agronomic practices that can better help with crop integration for the Midwest region. Prior work included the characterization of the chemical composition of epicuticular waxes for defense signal pathways in food crops and exploring the roles different growing regiments have on crop success.