Graduate Faculty in BRS

  • 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
  • Affiliated Faculty of the 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 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
  • 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 Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Fate And Control Of Pollutants In Soils And Water


Areas of Expertise:
  • Fate And Control Of Pollutants In Soils And Water
  • 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 Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Natural Resource Engineering


Areas of Expertise:
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Hydrology
  • 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 & Department Head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Areas of Expertise:
  • Engineering for specialty crop production systems
  • Quality evaluation of specialty crops
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Machinery and Biomass Logistics


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
  • Professor
  • Business Management for Natural Resources Industries


Areas of Expertise:
  • packaging
  • sustainable business
  • pallets
  • zero waste
  • sports greening
  • wood and paper industry
  • Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health


Areas of Expertise:
  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Educational Programming
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Professor of Bioproducts Marketing
  • BRS Graduate Program Coordinator


Areas of Expertise:
  • B2B marketing - bioproduct industries
  • Biorefinery value stream outputs
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • BRS Graduate Faculty