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July 2013 ABe-Notes

Cameroon 2013

Author: Christopher Limiac

Several students in our department recently returned from a trip to Africa. David Wilson (Graduate Student), Josh Scott (Senior), Jordan Garrity (Senior), and Chris Limiac (Graduate Student) joined Dr. John Lumkes and his son, Matthew Lumkes, for three weeks of May in the country of Cameroon. The team worked on construction of a new Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV) with the African Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (ACREST), a local NGO. The BUV is meant to be a form of affordable transportation in rural settings. This marks the fifth year of Purdue ABE’s involvement in the BUV construction for the community and partnership with ACREST.


David, Chris, Matthew, and Dr. Lumkes spent an additional two weeks in Kenya and Tanzania, where they were joined by Mike Sheehan (Graduate Student), Grant Knies (Graduate Student), Lauren Trepanier (Graduate Student), and Alex Jordan (Graduate). Grant, Lauren, and Alex were part of an ABE Senior Design Team which worked with Purdue Global Engineering Programs (GEP), The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to design a water harvesting and treatment system for the rural village of Endallah, Tanzania. The team travelled to the village where they presented their design to community members and toured the site. The students and professor also toured multiple facilities and locations engaged in projects promoting sustainability, agricultural mechanization, renewable energies, water treatment, and education; including the UN-HABITAT Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, NM-AIST in Arusha, Tanzania, and Kibera slum outside of Nairobi.

The group also got the opportunity to enjoy a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater of Northern Tanzania.

Faculty News for July 2013

Professor Indrajeet Chaubey has been named Head of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) for the next five years. Beginning the end of July, his majority appointment will be in EAPS, although we still still lay claim to him here in ABE. Congratulations, Dr. Chaubey!

Professor Abby Engelberth (white cap, back row, in the picture below) participated in the Ragnar Relay, an endurance event that benefits Back on My Feet (BoMF). "BoMF is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living."

The race - from Madison, Wisconsin, to Chicago, Illinois (about 200 miles) - is designed for teams of 12 who alternate running "legs" of the route. The "Just Purdue It" team placed second in their division (Mixed Corporate) as well as winning best team name. Abby ran 16.9 miles.

Maha Fluid Power Laboratory News July 2013

Author: Natalie Spencer

New Faces

Maha is pleased to welcome three new researchers to the lab. First, Dr. Hong Gao from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Design and Control Engineering for Heavy Equipment. Dr. Gao will be a visiting scholar for 1 year.

Second, Meike Ernst, a new Master’s student and recent graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Meike is working in the pump modeling group under Marco Zecchi’s (PhD Candidate) guidance.

Finally, Maha welcomes another new Master’s student, Phil St. Hilaire, a recent graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Phil will be in the systems group working with Rohit Hippalgaonkar (PhD Candidate) on the hydraulic hybrid excavator and future projects.

Awards & Degree Milestones

Dr. Ivantysynova was honored among five other ABE faculty members at the Purdue Research Foundation’s eighth annual Inventors Recognition Reception for a patent received in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Enrique Busquets (Master’s Student) gave a successful Master’s thesis defense on June 21st entitled “An Investigation of the Cooling Power Requirements of Displacement-Controlled Multi-Actuator Machines”. Congratulations to Enrique on completing his degree.

Special Visitors

Maha had the privilege of welcoming Prof. Marcus Geimer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe Germany for several days. The exchange of research and experiences was very productive for both parties.  

AGCO, a “global leader focused on the design, manufacture, and distribution of agricultural machinery” based in Duluth, Georgia, received a tour of the lab and student research on June 27th.

Maha Abroad

Dr. Ivantysynova gave a featured presentation in Chicago for the Joint ASABE / SAE Meeting on June 19th entitled “Fuel Savings Through Hydraulic Hybrid Systems Technology”.

Purdue at ASABE in Kansas City

ASABE Annual Meeting in Kansas City July 22-24! Don't forget the Purdue ABE Breakfast (Signboard I in the Westin Hotel at 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23). Becky needs to know that you are coming before Friday, July 19.

Here is a preview of what you can expect from our ABE folks in Kansas City:

Title Authors Session Time
Monday Technical Sessions
Drum agglomeration of corn stover and corn coproducts from bioprocessing Yi Li 117 Biomass Feedstock Supply Logistics and Modeling 7/22/13 9:30 am
Exploration into a Transdisciplinary Model for International Sustainable Development Projects Christopher Limiac, Michael Sheehan, John Lumkes 122 Trends in the ABE Practices in Developing Countries 7/22/13 9:30 am
Watershed Delineation: A New Approach for Mobile Applications using LiDAR Elevation Data Samuel Noel, Aaron Ault, Dennis Buckmaster, Bernard Engel, Jane Frankenberger, Naime Celik, James Krogmeier 131 Apps and Tools for Water Resources - Cafe Session 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Assessment of Climate Change Impact on Regional Drought Risk Index Based RCP scenarios Seung-Hwan Yoo, Bernard Engel, Jin-Yong Choi 132 SW Poster 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Mobile Apps for Identifying and Characterizing Watersheds Dennis Buckmaster, Sam Noel, Alex Layton, Andrew Balmos, Cyrus Bowman, Aaron Ault, Bernard Engel, Jane Frankenberger, Indrajeet Chaubey, James Krogmeier, Dennis Flanagan 132 SW Poster 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Simple parallel computing strategies for parameter calibration and spatial optimization Younggu Her, Cibin Raj, Indrajeet Chaubey 132 SW Poster 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Development of Regression Models to Estimate Baseflow at Ungauged Sites in Michigan USA Yinqin Zhang, Laurent Ahiablame, Bernard Engel 132 SW Poster 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Limitations of treated wastewater reuse in Tunisia and the Palestinian West Bank: Work-in-progress Anne Dare, Rabi Mohtar, Rachid Boukchina, Ayman Rabi, Basem Shomar 132 SW Poster Session - sW-24 Irrigation 7/22/13 2:30 pm
User-Centered Interface Design in Agriculture: An Approach with Specialized, Collaborative Mobile Apps Jonathan Welte, Cyrus Bowman, Aaron Ault, Dennis Buckmaster, Daniel Ess, James Krogmeier 135 Mobile App for Agricultural Applications 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Analysis of Ammonia Emissions from Layer Housing using Time Series Data Mining Shule Liu, Jiqin Ni, Albert Heber 145 Modeling Biological Processes Part 2 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Integrated model for teaching tractor-implement performance Dennis Buckmaster, Iman Beheshti 148 Innovations in Curriculum 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Tuesday Technical Sessions
Improve the representation of LID practices and BMPs in L-THIA-LID model Yaoze Liu 204 Modeling Hydrology and Pollutant Transport - Part 1 7/23/13 9:30 am
Impact of Bioenergy Crops Expansion on Water Quality in Agricultural Regions of Indiana Suresh Sharma 233 Environmental Impacts and Sustainability of Bioenergy Production 7/23/13 2:30 pm
Applicability of growing energy crops as BMPs in filter strip areas Cibin Raj 233 Environmental Impacts and Sustainability of Bioenergy Production 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Hydrological/Water quality impacts of perennial crop production on marginal land Qingyu Feng 233 Environmental Impacts and Sustainability of Bioenergy Production 7/22/13 2:30 pm
Investigation of Bluetooth Communications for Low-power Embedded Sensor Networks in Agriculture Andrew Balmos 241 Agricultural Applications of Wireless Networks 7/23/13 2:30 pm
Wednesday Technical Sessions
Feedstock Supply Pathways Influence Net Emissions from Biofuels Isaac Emery, Jennifer Dunn, Jeongwoo Han, Michael Wang 301 Handling, Storage, Transport, and Processing of Biomass Feedstock 7/24/13 7:30 am
Design and Performance of a Biomass Shredder Shawn Ehlers, Dennis Buckmaster, Daniel Ess, Keith Johnson 301 Handling, Storage, Transport, and Processing of Biomass Feedstock 7/24/13 7:30 am
Improvement of Aquifer Vulnerability Assessment Using DRASTIC (ver. 2013) Won Seok Jang, Bernard Engel, Larry Theller 331 Subsurface and Drainage Water Management 7/24/13 10:15 am
Mobile, Cloud-Based Farm Management: A Case Study with Trello on My Farm Aaron Ault, Dennis Buckmaster, James Krogmeier 333 Emerging Information Technologies 7/24/13 10:15 am
A New Method to Continuously Measure Pit Fan Ventilation at a Swine Experimental Building Igor Lopes, Daniel Kaelin, Jiqin Ni, Claude Diehl, John Radcliffe, Brian Richert 336 Animal Housing Evaluation and Environmental Control - Part 2 7/24/13 10:15 am
Summary of Auger-related Entanglements Occurring Inside Agricultural Confined Spaces Yuan-Hsin Cheng, William Field 340 Occupational Safety & Health within Biomass Systems and Agricultural Confined Spaces 7/24/13  10:15 am
Shelf-Life Improvement of Distillers Wet Grains with Solubles (GWGS) through Ionization J.D. McClurkin 344 Drying, Handling, and Storage of Crops for Food and Energy - Part 2 7/24/13 10:15 am


Thesis Defenses for July 2013

Yi Li, Drum Agglomeration of Corn Stover and Corn Products from Bioprocessing - July 2, 2013 - 2:00 pm NLSN 2187 (MS)

Jeffrey Lai, Data resource and calculation methodology for Indiana poultry manure production - July 5, 2013 - 1:30 pm ABE 212 (MS - Ni)

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