Faculty & Staff
Zach Waickman, MBA
Title/s: Biodiesel Lab Manager
Office #: Biodiesel Lab
Zach holds a BA (Communication, 2008) and an MBA (Entrepreneurship, 2013) from Loyola University Chicago.
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Zach attended St. Ignatius High School before moving to Chicago to attend Loyola University Chicago. His studies concentrated on broadcast news and human interaction, resulting in a BA in Communication from Loyola University Chicago. He has received a Certificate in Business Ethics and his MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Loyola.
During his undergraduate studies at Loyola, Zach participated in the first inception of the University's Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) Biodiesel course as part of the Communication and Marketing Team. STEP's unique, interdisciplinary approach to environmental education drew Zach's attention away from broadcast news as he began to focus on communicating the complex issues of sustainability to those outside the scientific field. After completing the STEP course, Zach continued as Biodiesel Lab Intern.
Zach currently serves as the Biodiesel Lab Manager overseeing the day-to-day management of the Biodiesel Program and BioSoap production, and management of saleable items. He also mentors Loyola students working in the Biodiesel Lab and sets the stage to identify production methods that further reduce waste to bring the Lab and Loyola in achieving highly efficient sustainable business practices. He is particularly interested in businesses that utilize local, traditional waste products to create community resources and jobs.