Research Areas for Potential Graduate Students in Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Faculty Name Research Areas

Vincent F. 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

Forage and biomass harvest and handling livestock feeding, fluid power; systems management

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 A. Cherkauer

Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering. Cold climate hydrology, remote sensing and large-scale data analysis.

Sadegh Dabiri

Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Multiphase Flows, Cavitation

Meng Deng

Convergence of materials science, micro/nano-scale engineering, and cell biology/medicine, fundamental understanding of cellular processes in tissue development and engineering effective biomaterial systems for treatment of various diseases such as tissue/organ loss

Bernard A. Engel

Information Systems Soil and Water Resource Engineering. Hydrologic/water quality modeling. GIS, expert systems, simulation. Management of natural resources including water quality.

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 R. Ess

Precision agriculture, sustainable agricultural production systems, and agricultural systems management.

William E. Field

Agricultural Safety and Health. Rural Rehabilitation. Loss prevention in the agricultural workplace through injury prevention strategies, enhanced emergency first response and the application of assistive technology

Dennis C. 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

Soil and Water Engineering. Hydrology and hydrologic modeling. GIS, watershed management, and water quality.

Nadia Gkritza

Economic analysis of highway investments and modeling, transportation and energy interdependencies, highway safety and sustainability.

Albert J. 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 E. Ileleji

Grain post-harvest and powder technologies with focus on: 1. Characterization and flow characteristics of biofeedstocks, 2. Logistics of biomass and solid biofuels for heat, power, and fuel production, 3. Value-addition to bioprocessing coproduct streams, and 4. Grain post-harvest and processing operations.

Joseph Irudayaraj

Biosensors and Single molecule spectroscopy for quantification of proteins and transcripts at single cell resolution. Technologies for high-speed screening and super-resolution microscopy of biomarkers in tissues for cancer screening, targeted Drug Delivery using nanomaterials, novel Nanoscale devices. Devices for pathogen detection for health monitoring.

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 W. 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 R. Ladisch

Bioprocess Engineering: Bioseparations (liquid chromatography, membrane separations, microfluidics). Biocatalysis for biofuels (enzymes, cellulose pretreatment, fermentation, process  scale-up).  Pathogen Detection (food safety).

John H. Lumkes, Jr.

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.

Rabi H. Mohtar

Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. Multi-scale hydrological processes modeling, transfer across hydrological scales, dryland water management, water-energy-food nexus.

Nathan S. 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 R. 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 L. 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 L. 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.

Bernard Y. Tao

Bioprocessing, Bioproducts. Biofuels processing/separation, chemical synthesis/modification of biomaterials, synthesis of DNA-protein bioconjugates, bioproducts development.

David M. 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. Specific emphasis on design, modeling and testing of novel concepts for Hydraulic Valves and Hydrostatic Pumps/Motors. Formulation of new approaches to model fluid properties. Aims of the research are: reduction of fuel consumption of current systems, improvement of controllability and reduction of noise emissions.        


By Research
Agricultural Safety and Health
Biological Engineering
Environmental and Natural Resources
Fluid Power
Food Process Engineering
Food Safety
Machine Systems