The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is a tight-knit, welcoming community united by our passion to advance the engineering sciences, business, and technical management of biological and agricultural systems, and to bring that usable knowledge back to industry and the public.

Welcome to our Department

Our mission is to advance the engineering sciences, business, and technical management of biological and agricultural systems by promoting scholarship and engaging our students and stakeholders. These systems involve the production, processing, utilization and value recovery of biological products and the management of natural resources.

The department's undergraduate and graduate programs provide highly qualified engineers, systems managers, technology developers, researchers, outreach educators and university teaching faculty for Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. The educational programs offered are the B.S. in Biological Engineering, B.S. in BioRenewable Systems, M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in BioRenewable Systems.

Paul Heinemann

Paul H. Heinemann, Department Head
Phone: 814-865-7792
Email:hzh@psu.edu

Name Title Email Phone
Aditi Arya BRS M.S. Graduate Assistant aza5799@psu.edu
Ryan Barnes ABE M.S. Graduate Student rwb5473@psu.edu
Anahita Bharadwaj ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant axb1099@psu.edu
Randall Bock, M.S. Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering rgb@psu.edu 814-863-2300
Syed Bokhari, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar sub873@psu.edu
Robin C. Brandt, Ph.D., P.E. Adjunct Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering rcb100@psu.edu
Rachel Brennan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering rab44@psu.edu 814-865-9428
Nicole Robitaille Brown, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry nrb10@psu.edu 814-865-7423
Stephen Brown Extension Assistant shb5060@psu.edu 814-865-7158
Jeffrey Catchmark, Ph.D. Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering jcatchmark@engr.psu.edu 814-863-0414
Azadwinder S. Chahal ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant ajc6217@psu.edu
Kelly Chege BRS Ph.D. Graduate Student kfc39@psu.edu
Stephen Chmely, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering sc411@psu.edu 814-863-6815
Daeun Dana Choi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering dxc519@psu.edu 814-865-7154
Zia Uddin Md Chowdhury ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant zzc5225@psu.edu
Daniel Ciolkosz, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering dec109@psu.edu 814-863-3484
William Clees BRS M.S. Graduate Assistant wic5176@psu.edu
Christine Costello, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering cxc693@psu.edu 814-865-8841
Ali Demirci, Ph.D. Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering demirci@psu.edu 814-863-1098
Michael Dyer ABE M.S. Graduate Student mld5534@psu.edu
Herschel Elliott, Ph.D., P.E. Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering hae1@psu.edu 814-863-2062
Nathaniel Elser BRS Ph.D. Graduate Student nce5000@psu.edu
Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D. Professor of Agricultural Engineering fabian@psu.edu 814-865-3552
Siobhan Fathel, Ph.D. Assistant Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering suf474@psu.edu 814-863-8124
Jianzhao Feng, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar jvf5608@psu.edu
Linda Fetzer Extension Associate lmf8@psu.edu 814-865-4582
Robert Graves, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Emeritus reg2@psu.edu 814-865-4071
Frederico Harte, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Food Science fmh14@psu.edu 814-867-5689
Kathryn Hayden BRS Ph.D. Graduate Assistant kxh5242@psu.edu
Long He, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering luh378@psu.edu 717-677-6116
Paul Heinemann, Ph.D. Professor & Department Head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering hzh@psu.edu 814-865-7792
Stephanie Herbstritt ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant smh412@psu.edu
Jeff Hershey BRS M.S. Graduate Student jlh181@psu.edu
Michael Hile, Ph.D. Director - Penn State Odor Assessment Laboratory mlh144@psu.edu 814-865-5615
Katharine Hirl ABE Ph.D. Graduate Student kmh770@psu.edu
Dan Hofstetter, P.E., Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering dwh5212@psu.edu 814-865-1783
Quinn Holland ABE M.S. Graduate Assistant quh101@psu.edu
Stefanie Hugill Financial Assistant skh141@psu.edu 814-865-7686
Brian Hulse BRS M.S. Graduate Student bth5055@psu.edu
Lidia Iavorivska Post Doc lui100@psu.edu
Attia Iram BRS Ph.D. Graduate Student axi52@psu.edu
Hisaaki Ishihara BRS M.S. Graduate Student hzi105@psu.edu
Armen Kemanian Associate Professor of Production Systems and Modeling akemanian@psu.edu 814-863-9852
Pankaj Kuhar BRS Ph.D. Graduate Assistant pxk5160@psu.edu
Yiming Li ABE M.S. Graduate Student ybl5069@psu.edu
Wei-Shu Lin BRS Ph.D. Graduate Assistant wzl5281@psu.edu
Jude Liu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering jliu@psu.edu 814-863-6844
David James Lyons, Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor djl272@psu.edu 814-867-3418
Md Sultan Mahmud ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant mvm6735@psu.edu
Amy J. Maney Administrative Support Coordinator aqm5@psu.edu 814-863-1525
Megan Marshall, Ph.D. Associate Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering mnm11@psu.edu 814-865-3392
Michael Mashtare Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering mlm6958@psu.edu 814-863-7960
Andrew May ABE M.S. Graduate Assistant ajm6570@psu.edu
Lauren McPhillips Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering lxm500@engr.psu.edu 814-865-4564
Matthew McVey ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant tkm5215@psu.edu
Judd Michael, Ph.D. Nationwide Insurance Professor of Safety & Health jh-michael@psu.edu 814-863-2976
Amy Miller Administrative Support Assistant arm2@psu.edu 814-865-7792
Omeed Mirbod ABE M.S. Graduate Assistant ozm55@psu.edu
Olivia Mroczko ABE M.S. Graduate Assistant ovm5079@psu.edu
Dennis Murphy, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus djm13@psu.edu 814-865-7157
Marlene Carla Ndoun Tangmo ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant mun99@psu.edu
Peggy Newel Administrative Support Assistant png1@psu.edu 814-865-7685
Hai Nguyen ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant htn5098@psu.edu
James Scott Pflumm ABE M.S. Graduate Student jsp116@psu.edu
Heather Preisendanz, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering heg12@psu.edu 814-863-1817
Virendra Puri, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus vmpuri@psu.edu 814-865-3559
Cibin Raj, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering craj@psu.edu 814-865-5616
Tyler Reimer ABE M.S Graduate Assistant tjr5416@psu.edu
Tom L. Richard, Ph.D. Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering tlr20@psu.edu 814-865-3722
C. Alan Rotz, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering alrotz@psu.edu 814-865-2049
Arghajeet Saha ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant axs1296@psu.edu
Gourab Kumer Saha ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant gks13@psu.edu
Howard Salis, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering salis@psu.edu 814-865-1931
Walter Schneider, III, Ph.D., P.E. Instructor wgs101@psu.edu 814-280-1390
Maryam Shahri BRS Ph.D. Graduate Assistant mus285@psu.edu
Robert Shannon, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering rds13@psu.edu 814-865-6942
Xiaomeng Shi, Ph.D. Post Doc xxs72@psu.edu
Michael Shreve, Ph.D. Post Doc mjs697@psu.edu
Mark Signs, M.S. Director of Shared Fermentation Facility mws6@psu.edu 814-863-6455
Paul M. Smith, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Bioproducts Marketing and Agricultural and Biological Engineering pms6@psu.edu
Haley Stauffer BRS M.S. Graduate Assistant hbs5066@psu.edu
Shuo Tang, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar smt5900@psu.edu
Rachel Taylor ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant rrt5065@psu.edu
Roderick Thomas, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering rst5@psu.edu 814-865-2252
Wendy Thomas Administrative Support Assistant wjt11@psu.edu 814-863-1524
Zhankozy Toleu ABE M.S. Graduate Student zxt43@psu.edu
Jaya Tripathi BRS Ph.D. Graduate Assistant jxt380@psu.edu
Juliana Vasco-Correa, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering julianavasco@psu.edu 814-865-8841
Tamie Veith, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering tamie.veith@ars.usda.gov 814-863-0888
Grace Vezeau ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant gev107@psu.edu
Michael Wolcott, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering wolcott@wsu.edu 509-335-6392
Hojae Yi, Ph.D. Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering huy1@psu.edu 814-865-2807
Wenan Yuan ABE Ph.D. Graduate Assistant wqy5110@psu.edu
Azlan Zahid ABE Ph.D. Graduate Student axz264@psu.edu
Haozhe Zhang ABE M.S. Graduate Student hjz5144@psu.edu
Yimin Zhu Assistant Professor of Chemistry yuz30@psu.edu 814-949-5478