Faculty Working in this Area

Biological and food process engineering researchers working in the department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
  • Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry
  • Program Coordinator, BioRenewable Systems (BRS) Major


Areas of Expertise:
  • Chemistry of lignocellulosic materials
  • Bio-based polymers
  • Wood adhesives and composites
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Studies
  • Faculty Fellow, The Rock Ethics Institute


Areas of Expertise:
  • Nanocomposite materials and coatings
  • Crystalline nanocellulose production and characterization
  • Cellulose synthesis and assembly
  • Microbial cellulose production
  • Interaction of cellulose with other polysaccharides, proteins, and biologically derived polymers
  • Practical development of new biobased materials ranging from sustainable packaging to composites for construction to materials for healthcare.
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Academic Program Coordinator, RESS Online Master's Program


Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioenergy
  • Biomass Energy Systems
  • Thermochemical Conversion
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Solar Energy Resource Evaluation
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bioprocess and Food Safety Engineering


Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioprocess Engineering/Fermentation: Bioconversion of agricultural raw and waste commodities into value added products including bioenergy/biofuels, microbial enzymes, organic acids, polysaccharides, antimicrobial agents; optimization; novel bioreactors; downstream processing.
  • Food Engineering/Food Safety : inactivation of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms by using novel non-thermal processing technologies including pulsed UV light, electrolyzed oxidizing water, and ozone.
  • Professor of Wood Products Engineering
  • Wood Products Processing and Manufacturing


Areas of Expertise:
  • Wood products processing and manufacturing
  • Wood composite material systems
  • Wood structural applications
  • Wood composite performance characteristics and related material evaluation methodologies
  • Professor
  • Business Management for Natural Resources Industries


Areas of Expertise:
  • packaging
  • sustainable business
  • pallets
  • zero waste
  • sports greening
  • wood and paper industry
  • Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • ABE Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Powder Mechanics and Food Processing


Areas of Expertise:
  • Powder Mechanics – Research focus includes: fundamental powder and powder mixture properties, multi-scale constitutive models, and computational models for powder processes.
  • Food Processing – Research focus includes: engineering properties, and integrated multi-scale computational and predictive models.
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment
  • Bioenergy and Bioresource Engineering


Areas of Expertise:
  • Lignocellulosic biomass conversion
  • Bioenergy
  • Manure conversion
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Associate Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology


Areas of Expertise:
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Modeling & Optimization
  • Professor of Bioproducts Marketing
  • BRS Graduate Program Coordinator


Areas of Expertise:
  • B2B marketing - bioproduct industries
  • Biorefinery value stream outputs
  • Assistant Research Professor


Areas of Expertise:
  • Engineering Mechanics of Materials; Characterization of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Agricultural and Biological Materials
  • Powder Mechanics; Storage, Conveying, Mixing, Size Reduction, Flow, Segregation, and Compaction of Particulate Materials
  • Mathematical/numerical modeling, simulation and analysis of mechanical behavior of particulate materials and biological materials
  • Applying mechanical engineering theories to the problems involving biological and particulate materials including renewable energy and consumer products