• Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Affiliate Researcher of Engineering Design in SEDTAPP

Areas of Expertise

  • Fabrication of research test equipment in metal, wood & plastic
  • Computer aided design and analysis
  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Engineering education
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Studies
  • Affiliated Faculty of the The Rock Ethics Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • Cellulose and nanocellulose structure and characterization
  • Bacterial cellulose production
  • Polysaccharide composite materials
  • Polysaccharide based barrier materials to replace plastics
  • Improved paper and paperboard products and processes
  • Bioabsorbable biomedical materials based on polysaccharides
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Development of emerging bioproducts
  • Additive manufacturing with lignocellulosic biomass
  • Applications of synthetic chemistry to lignin
  • Catalytic transformations of biomass
  • Spectroscopic characterization of bio-derived molecules
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Smart sensing systems for precision agriculture
  • Robotics/machine vision applications in specialty crop production
  • Deep learning and big data analysis for detecting/assessing crop health
  • Unmanned aerial system (UAS) in agriculture
  • Automation of agricultural production system
  • Associate Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • BRS Graduate Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioenergy
  • Biomass Energy Systems
  • Thermochemical Conversion
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Solar Energy Resource Evaluation
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Ecology
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • 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 Agricultural Engineering
  • Environmental Biophysics, Animal Welfare, and Agricultural Emissions
  • Integrated Research and Extension Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Air quality in indoor agriculture (barns, poultry houses)
  • Heating and Ventilation system design, principles and practice
  • Horse facility engineering (stables, riding arenas)
  • Farm animal welfare
  • Agricultural air emissions (gas, odor, particulates)
  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • BioRenewable Systems Lead Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Study of sediment transport
  • Ecohydrology
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanization and Automation for Specialty Crops
  • Robotic Solutions for Agricultural Applications
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Electro-Hydraulic Control System
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • BioRenewable Systems Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering for specialty crop production systems
  • Quality evaluation of specialty crops
  • Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Animal Welfare Extension

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical and thermochemical conversions of lignocellulosic biomass and other byproducts (including wastes) into value-added products (e.g. platform chemicals and hydrogen gas)
  • Developing catalysts for various conversion processes using nanotechnological approaches
  • Developing degradable biofilm formulations for agricultural applications
  • Various applications of advanced oxidation processes (degradation of toxic organic chemicals in wastewaters, depolymerization of biomass)
  • Evaluation of the effects of various fumigation treatments/technologies on the quality characteristics of food products
  • Professor and Head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil and water resources engineering
  • Impact of climate change on water resources and agro-ecosystem productivity
  • Measurement and modeling of surface energy and water vapor balance
  • Evapotranspiration, transpiration and evaporation
  • Irrigation science and engineering; agro-ecosystem water management
  • Nitrogen management and impacts on water and soil quality
  • Impact of tillage practices on water and energy balance and water productivity
  • Cover crop impact on soil quality (soil health) and water and energy balance
  • Plant abiotic stresses vs productivity
  • Plant phenotyping
  • Measurement and modeling of soil moisture dynamics and soil physical properties
  • Specialty cropping systems
  • Agricultural IoTs
  • Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural water management & agrohydrology
  • Irrigation science, management, & engineering
  • Sense & model water fluxes in soil-plant-atmospheric continuum
  • Evapotranspiration & its physiological and environmental controls
  • Precision water & nutrient management
  • Agricultural resource (water, radiation, nutrient) use efficiency
  • Agrometeorology; Climate sensitivity & resiliency of ag systems
  • GIS & Remote Sensing applications in agricultural & natural resources
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Machinery and Biomass Logistics
  • Program contact for Agricultural Systems Management Minor; Off-Road Equipment Minor

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Machine design and test
  • Biomass harvesting, handling and logistics
  • Biomass in-field processing and densification
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatic system design and test
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Biological Engineering Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomass conversion
  • Microbial ecology
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Water quality
  • Stormwater management
  • Green infrastructure
  • Urban ecohydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Nationwide Insurance Professor of Safety & Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Safety
  • trade secrets
  • packaging & pallets
  • sustainable business
  • sports greening
  • wood, building products, paper industries
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • ABE Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Natural Resource Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Storm water management
  • Watershed modeling
  • Application of optimization tools in watershed analysis
  • Ecohydrological impacts of climate and land use change
  • 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
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management Program
  • Assistant ENRI Director for Environmental Education
  • Water Resources

Areas of Expertise

  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Riparian wetlands
  • Construction of wetlands for waste treatment
  • Pollutant impacts on aquatic systems
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Controls

Areas of Expertise

  • Electronic instrumentation and control
  • Fluid power systems
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioproducts Systems Analysis
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Biomass Valorization
  • Biosystems Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment
  • Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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