January 2021 ABeNotes


We are pleased to announce the date of our upcoming annual graduate industrial research symposium! Save the date TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th! Contact Casey Hooker at hookerc@purdue.edu or Josiah Davidson at davids60@purdue.edu if you are interested in being involved in the planning and organization! This is a phenomenal opportunity to learn critical leadership skills, develop core competencies to show off on your resume, and give back to the department!

January 2021 Alumni News

Won Seok Jang (PhD '16) published a research article in Earth's Future, a journal of the AGU: "The Hidden Costs of Land Degradation in U.S. Maize Agriculture," along with his co-authors  J.C. Neff, Y. Im, L. Doro, and J.E. Herrick. doi: 10.1029/2020EF001641.

Mark Aronson (BE '17) and the Sgro Lab at Boston University were invited to write a Perspective piece for a special issue of Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering focused on Engineered Multicellular Systems. Mark, along with my lab mates Xinwen Zhu and Dr. Chiara Ricci-Tam and with the assistance and encouragement of their advisor Dr. Allyson Sgro wrote a piece on how biological engineers can take inspiration from how microbial systems use molecular noise to drive differentiation programs to design the next generation of synthetic multicellular systems. Exploiting noise to engineer adaptability in synthetic multicellular systems, Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering 16, pp 16-20. doi.org/10.1016/j.cobme.2020.100251

January 2021 Faculty News

Professor Nadia Gkritza and her 7 graduate students will be attending the Transportation Research Board: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's 100th annual meeting. This year's theme is "Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life." The team will make 3 presentations (2 in sessions, 1 during the committee meeting). Dr. Gkritza serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food Transportation, and Standing Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation. 

Robert M. Peart, Purdue ABE (then AE) alum and former professor, passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020. After graduating from Purdue, he served as a professor both here and at the University of Florida, retiring as a Professor Emeritus. Our most sincere condolences to his family.

January 2021 Student News

Glen C. Morris, III, gave remarks at the event "Nobel and Beyond: Building on the Legacy of a Hunger Fighter" on December 20, 2020. He spoke regarding his journey with the World Food Prize and his experiences with the Minnesota Youth Institute. He began his involvement in the Borlaug-Ruan Scholars Program, researching hybrid rice abroad, and went on to continue to assist with the annual Global Youth Institute. The event marked the 50-year anniversary of Norman E. Borlaug's Nobel Peace Prize. The featured distinguished speakers highlighted the continuing work inspired by Borlaug's legacy and the need for research in the area of food security.

Purdue has a rich tradition of involvement in Dr. Borlaug's legacy, including World Food Prize winners Philip Nelson, Gebisa Ejeta, and Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina. Dr. Nelson was the first Purdue alum to earn the award in 2007.

Congratulations on continuing the legacy, Glen!

Publications 2021 - January

Renganathan Subramanian, Raghav  Rajesh Moar, Shweta Singh. White-box Machine learning approaches to identify governing equations for overall dynamics of manufacturing systems: A case study on distillation column. Machine Learning with Applications 3, doi.org/10.1016/j.mlwa.2020.100014.

Rituraj Rituraj, Andrea Vacca. Investigation of flow through curved constrictions for leakage flow modelling in hydraulic gear pumps. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing 153, doi.org/10.1016/j.ymssp.2020.107503.

Madeline Ku, Xu Wang, David Umulis. pSmad 3D Localization in Zebrafish Embryos. Proceedings of IMPRS 3(1), doi.org/10.18060/24676.

Eduardo Ximenes, Cristiane S. Farinas, Alberto C. Badino, Michael R. Ladisch. Moving from residual lignocellulosic biomass into high‐value products: Outcomes from a long‐term international cooperation. Biofpr, Society of Chemical Industry. doi.org/10.1002/bbb.2179.

Katy E. Mazer , Abigail A. Tomasek, Fariborz Daneshvar, Laura C. Bowling, Jane R. Frankenberger, Sara K. McMillan, Hector M. Novoa, and Carlos Zeballos-Velarde. Integrated Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analysis of Torrential Flood Hazard in Arequipa, Peru. Universities Council on Water Resources Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 171, pp 93-110. December 2020.

Klein Ileleji, Diana Milena Ramirez-Gutierrez, Amanda J. Deering. Evaluation of novel portable passive and cabinet solar dryers in sun drying of mint leaves under Indiana weather conditions. Transactions of the ASABE (in press). Doi: 10.1303/trans.14208. 2020.

André Geraldo de Lima Moraes, Edwin Bocardo-Delgado, Laura C. Bowling, Fariborz Daneshvar, José Pinto, Alec Hale Watkins, and Keith Aric Cherkauer. Assessment of Arequipa's Hydrometeorological Monitoring Infrastructure to Support Water Management Decisions. Universities Council on Water Resources Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 171, pp 27-48. December 2020.

Ali Lafzi, Amir Hossein Raffiee, and Sadegh Dabiri. Inertial migration of a deformable capsule in an oscillatory flow in a microchannel. Physical Review E 102, 063110. doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.102.063110.

Garett Pignotti, Indrajeet Chaubey, Keith Cherkauer, Mark Williams, Melba Crawford. Evaluating soil water routing approaches in watershed-scale, ecohydrologic modeling. Hydrological Processes. doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14034.

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