Research Areas for Potential Graduate Students in Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Faculty name Research areas
Vincent Bralts Irrigation Design and Management. Hydraulic network analysis using FEM. Irrigation scheduling. Expert Systems. Land and water resources planning. International development. Engineering education and administration.
Dennis Buckmaster Agricultural Systems Management Application of mobile technologies for information collection and management; forage and biomass harvest and handling; livestock feeding.
Osvaldo Campanella Food Process Engineering. Food Rheology. Food Extrusion, evaporation. Food processes simulation.
Indrajeet Chaubey Ecohydrology and Ecological Engineering. Measurement and modeling of solute and sediment transport at various spatial/temporal scales, interaction of terrestrial and aquatic processes affecting water quality and linking these processes to develop integrated watershed/water quality management technology.
Keith Cherkauer Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering. Cold climate hydrology, remote sensing and large-scale data analysis
Sadegh Dabiri Satari Fluid Power Systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Cavitation
Meng Deng Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. Rational design of new polymers and composites. Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. Development of bioengineered systems for tissue regeneration and controlled delivery of therapeutics.
Bernard Engel Information Systems Soil and Water Resource Engineering. Hydrologic/water quality modeling. GIS, simulation.
Abigail Engelberth Bioseparations for the recovery of valuable co-products from biomass either prior to processing or from waste streams. Modeling of Bioprocess recovery and process integration for economic determination of co-product value.
Daniel Ess Precision Agriculture, sustainable agricultural production systems, and agricultural systems management.
William Field Agricultural Safety & Health, Rural Rehabilitation, and AgroSecurity. Focusing on loss prevention in the workplace.
Dennis Flanagan Soil Erosion Mechanics, Prediction, and Control. Soil detachment, transport, and deposition processes. Process-based soil erosion modeling. Soil amendments for erosion control. Water quality monitoring and modeling.
Jane Frankenberger Watershed Modeling and Management . Drainage and water quality, soil and water engineering.. GIS for watershed analysis. Conservation practices to improve water quality.
Margaret Gitau Water Quality
Konstantina Gkritza Transportation planning Economics and modeling, transportation energy and sustainability, agricultural transportation and logistics; highway safety, transportation electrification.
Albert Heber Air Quality and Building Environmental Control. Field and laboratory research of agricultural dust, gases, and odors; measurement, emission rates and control. Odor evaluation. Biofiltration of air for advanced life support.
Klein Ileleji Grain post-harvest handling & storage, powder technology and logistics with focus on post-harvest operations, storage and feedstock characterization for grains, oilseeds, bioprocessing coproducts and lignocellulosic biomass.
Joseph Irudayaraj Biosensors and Single molecule spectroscopy High-speed screening and super-resolution microscopy of biomarkers for cancer screening, targeted Drug Delivery using nanomaterials, novel Nanoscale devices.
Monika Ivantysynova Fluid Power System Design, Modeling and Multi-domain Simulation. Energy saving actuators, advanced transmission concepts, drive line control, computer based optimization of positive displacement pumps and motors.
Gary Krutz Sensor Development for agricultural automation applicable to robotics and farm machinery. Electromagnetic devices for sensing technology. Color machine vision. Electro hydraulics and feedback control systems.
Michael Ladisch Bioprocess Engineering: Bioseparations (liquid chromatography, membrane separations, microfluidics). Biocatalysis for biofuels (enzymes, cellulose pretreatment, fermentation, process  scale-up).  Pathogen Detection (food safety).
John Lumkes Fluid power. Design of machines and systems. Sustainable technologies for developing countries. Modeling, simulation, and control of dynamic systems. Autonomous and drive-by-wire technologies for vehicles.
Sara McMillan Ecological Engineering and Biogeochemistry Nutrient dynamics in coupled human-natural systems; monitoring and modeling of stormwater management and ecosystem restoration at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Rabi Mohtar Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. Multi-scale hydrological processes modeling, transfer across hydrological scales, dryland water management, water-energy-food nexus.
Nathan Mosier Bioprocessing. Conversion of renewable resources to fuels, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Biocatalysis Enzymes for lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis, biotransformation of natural raw materials to value-added products.
Ganesan Narsimhan Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena. Pore formation by antimicrobial peptides in lipid bilayers, molecular dynamics simulation of protein conformation, oxidative stability in food emulsions, pasting behavior of starch.
Jiqin Ni Waste Management to protect water and air quality. Anaerobic digestion for renewable energy production and pollution control. Air pollution monitoring, evaluation, and modeling. Data acquisition and control software programming. Sensor development.
Martin Okos Food and Bioprocess Engineering. Heat and mass transfer in foods. Computer-aided process design. Continuous fermentors. Experimental and computer-aided research in optimization of food and bioprocesses.
D. Marshall Porterfield Biosensors. Lab-on-a-chip MEMS devices for cell sensing. Biomimetic sensors for environmental monitoring Bio-nanotechnology. Bioregenerative Life Support. Nutrient delivery systems for use in microgravity.
Jenna Rickus Biomaterials. Materials to measure, control, and mimic living cells. Biosensors. Nano/micro biosensors for cell physiology.  Applications in cell transplantation, bioreactors, implantable devices.
Richard Stroshine Physical Properties of Biomaterials. Magnetic resonance detection of quality in agricultural materials and food products; measurement of grain storability and quality; biomedical and bioprocess engineering.
Robert Stwalley Bioenergy and the Design of Machines and Systems for Agriculture.
Bernard Tao Bioprocessing, Bioproducts. Biofuels processing/separation, chemical synthesis/modification of biomaterials, synthesis of DNA-protein bioconjugates, bioproducts development.
David Umulis Systems Biology. Interdisciplinary research: mechanisms of development and regulation of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins. Finite-element modeling of biological systems. Quantitative image analysis, microscopy, and data-driven modeling.
Andrea Vacca Fluid Power Systems. Design, modeling and testing of novel concepts for Hydraulic Valves and Hydrostatic Pumps/Motors. Formulation of new approaches to model fluid properties.