November 2020 ABeNotes

November 2020 Alumni News

Jonathan Landes (BS '95, MS '98), a 2011 Outstanding ABE Alum, is the President Subsea at TechnipFMC. They were awarded a significant Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCC) contract in October. Congratulations to Jon and his team!

Anthony Ruberti (2014) was featured in the Contech Engineered Solutions employee spotlight in October. 

Carlos Campabadal (PhD 2011), Kansas State International Grains Program, was featured in the IGP Fall 2020 AgReport.

Jacob Niemeier ('12), Vera Aqua Vera Vita founder and executive director, was featured in a SHOUTOUT DFW article last month.

Lindsay Birt (PhD '12) was a panelist for "Diversity and Inclusion in Professional Societies Case Study", a session in Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

Nan Hammel ('10) sent us an update on her work in the Dominican Republic.

Carlington Wallace (PhD '16) is the guest editor for a special Issue of AgriEngineering, "Agricultural Water Quality: Watershed Model".

Cibin Raj (PhD '13) and Femeena Pandara Valappil (PhD '19)  welcomed Dia Cibin on October 24 at 12 pm. Dia weighed in at 8.8 lbs and is 21 inches tall. Both mother and baby are doing great. Congratulations!

Our alumni make us look good! I've been trying to catch things on LinkedIn - please send me a heads-up so I don't miss yours!

November 2020 AgrAbility

Indiana AgrAbility, Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition, and the Indiana AgVets Project sponsored a Veteran Farmer Workshop and Indiana AgVet Update at the Beck Agriculture Center on October 22, 2020.  The workshop provided all of the sponsoring programs to update the attending veterans on their services plus presentations from Natural Resources Conservation Service, Purdue Extension Services, SARE, Life Essentials equipment, and time to network and share a meal. 

Steve Swain, Indiana AgrAbility assistive technology specialist, attended the monthly Joining Community Forces of Indiana Zoom call.  Over 40 veteran service organizations were on the call to present their programs and any upcoming events for veterans.  Mr. Swain spoke about the Veteran Farmer Workshop and Indiana AgVet Update to be held the next week.

Steve Swain, Indiana AgrAbility assistive technology specialist, attended the Zoom meeting of the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Home Modification Workgroup which includes farm assessors as well as home modification assessors.  The meeting updated assessors on policy and procedure changes and clarifications and documents to assist assessors and VR counselors with the modification process.

November 2020 Faculty News

Professors Dennis Buckmaster and Mohit Verma were featured in an interview with Professor and Department Head Nathan Mosier for Purdue Engineering podcasts. They represent us well!

Professor Dennis Buckmaster is featured on the next episode of "Digging Into the Data Pipeline", tomorrow, November 12, at 12:30 pm. Registration is

Professor Andrea Vacca's appointment as the Maha Fluid Power Faculty Chair was ratified last month. Congratulations, Dr. Vacca!

Professor Jian Jin's LeafSpec was recognized as an AE50 winner for 2021. The award, sponsored by ASABE's Resource magazine, recognizes the top innovative new products in ag technology produced in 2020. Outstanding, Dr. Jin!

Professor Dennis Buckmaster is on the Q&A panel for Ground and Aerial Robots for Agricultural Production Tuesday, November 17, at 1 pm, as well as being one of the authors of the accompanying paper.  Join the Council for Agricultural Sciences & Technology for this free webinar.

Professor Emeritus Gary Krutz's kids built him a safe Halloween candy slide, so, naturally, he had to test it beforehand!



November 2020 Graduate Student News

Two of Professor Nadia Gkritza's grad students received special recognition in October. Sarah Adsit (left) and Arianna Rambaram (right) were awarded fellowships by the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) for this academic year. The program is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Universities and Grants Program, providing competitive fellowships to students in transportation-related disciplines. Congratulations to Dr. Gkritza and her students!

Publications 2020 - November

Marvin Carpena Petingco, Mark E Casada, Ronaldo G Maghirang, Kingsly Ambrose, Oladiran Fasina. Influence of Particle Shape and Contact Parameters on DEM-Simulated Bulk Density of Wheat. Transactions of the ASABE. 63(6): 1657-1672(doi: 10.13031/trans.13718) ©2020

C.J. Dolphin; G.A. Mosher; R.P.K. Ambrose; S.J. Ryan. Meeting the Tolerance: How Successful is Coexistence in Commodity Corn Handling Systems? Applied Engineering in Agriculture 36(5): 777-784. (doi: 10.13031/aea.14042).

Yang Wang, He Liu, James Brogmeier, Amy Reibman, Dennis Buckmaster. ISOBlue HD: An Open-Source Platform for Collecting Context-Rich Agricultural Machinery Datasets. Sensors 2020, 20(20), 5768;

Saurabh Bagchi, Vaneet Aggarwal, Somali Chaterji, Fred Douglis, Aly El Gamal, Jiawei Han, Brian J Henz, Henry Hoffmann, Suman Jana, Milind Kulkarni, Felix Xiaozhu Lin, Karen Marais, Prateek Mittal, Shaoshuai Mou, Xiaokang Qiu, Gesualdo Scutari. Vision Paper: Grand Challenges in Resilience: Autonomous Systems Resilience through Design and Runtime Measures. IEEE Open Journal of the Computer Society, 1:155-172. DOI 10.1109/OJCS.2020.3006807

Junmin Lee, Oju Jeon, Ming Kong, Amr A. Abdeen, Jung-Youn Shin, Ha Neul Lee, Yu Bin Lee, Wujin Sun, Praveen Bandaru, Daniel S. Alt, KangJu Lee, Han-Jun Kim, Sang Jin Lee, Somali Chaterji, Su Ryon Shin, Eben Alsberg, Ali Khademhosseini. Combinatorial screening of biochemical and physical signals for phenotypic regulation of stem cell-based cartilage tissue engineering. Science Advances 6(21) eaaz5913 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz5913"

Ran Xu, Chen-lin Zhang, Pengcheng Wang, Jayoung Lee, Subrata Mitra, Somali Chaterji, Yin Li, Saurabh Bagchi. ApproxDet: Content and Contention-Aware Approximate Object Detection for Mobiles. arXiv:2010.10754v1 {cs.CV] 21 Oct 2020

Mercy Okezue, Daniel Smith, Matthias Zeller, Stephen R. Byrn, Pamela Smith, Susan Bogandowich-Knipp, Dale K. Purcell and Kari L. Clase. Crystal structures of salts of bedaquiline. Acta Cryst

Ikenna Ochiagha Okekeogbu, Uma Aryal, Kari Clase. Proteomics Analysis of a Phage-Bacterium Interaction Reveals Both Hijacking and Suppression of Host Metabolic Processes. FASEB Journal 34(S1).

Xiaoxu Zhong, Javad Eshraghi, Pavlos Vlachos, Sadegh Dabiri, Arezoo M Ardekani. A model for a laser-induced cavitation bubble       International Journal of Multiphase Flow 132.

Maathangi Ganesh, Sangkyu Kim, Sadegh Dabiri. Induced mixing in stratified fluids by rising bubbles in a thin gap. Physical Review Fluids.

Zhihao Jia, Feng Yue, Xiyue Chen, Naagarajan Narayanan, Jiamin Qiu, Sabriya A. Syed, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Meng Deng, Peng Yu, Changdeng Hu, Shihuan Kuang. Protein Arginine Methyltransferase PRMT5 Regulates Fatty Acid Metabolism and Lipid Droplet Biogenesis in White Adipose Tissues. Advanced Science 2020, 2002602. doi: 10.1002/advs.202002602

Feng Yue, Changyou Song, Di Huang, Naagarajan Narayanan, Jiamin Qiu, Zhihao Jia, Zhengrong Yuan, Stephanie N Oprescu, Bruno T Roseguini, Meng Deng, Shihuan Kuang. PTEN Inhibition Ameliorates Muscle Degeneration and Improves Muscle Function in a Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Molecular Therapy.

Di Huang, Naagarajan Narayanan, Mario A Cano-Vega, Zhihao Jia, Kolapo M Ajuwon, Shihuan Kuang, Meng Deng. Nanoparticle-mediated inhibition of Notch signaling promotes mitochondrial biogenesis and reduces subcutaneous adipose tissue expansion in pigs. iScience 23(6)

Fu Guo, Fengxiang Li, Wei Lv, Li Liu, Vincent G Duffy. Bibliometric Analysis of Affective Computing Researches during 1999-2018. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.

Shuyuan Wang, Dennis C. Flanagan, Bernard A. Engel, Na Zhou. Impacts of Subsurface Hydrologic Conditions on Rill Sediment Transport Capacity. Journal of Hydrology, 591.

Jiazhong Zheng, Weiguang Wang, Guoshuai Liu, Yimin Ding, Xinchun Cao, Dan Chen, BA Engel. Towards quantification of the national water footprint in rice production of China: a first assessment from the perspectives of single-double rice. Science of the Total Environment

Xian Liu, Lijie Shi, Haiyang Qian, Shikun Sun, Pute Wu, Xining Zhao, Bernie A Engel, Yubao Wang. New problems of food security in Northwest China: A sustainability perspective. Land Degradation & Development 31(8); 975-989.

Haiyang Qian, Bernie A Engel, Xiaoyu Tian, Shikun Sun, Pute Wu, Yubao Wang. Evaluating drivers and flow patterns of inter-provincial grain virtual water trade in China. Science of the Total Environment 732,

Xin Li, Liping Jin, Bernie A Engel, Zeng Yang, Wene Wang, Wuquan He, Yubao Wang. Influence of the structure of cylindrical mobile flumes on hydraulic performance characteristics in U-shaped channels. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation 72,

B. D. Reinhart, J. R. Frankenberger, C. H. Hay, L. B. Bowling, B. G. Hancock. Development and sensitivity analysis of an online tool for evaluating drainage water recycling decisions. Transactions of the ASABE. Doi: 10.1303/trans.13900)

Nathan S Mosier, Klein E Ileleji. How fuel ethanol is made from corn. In Bioenergy, 2nd ed. Ch. 26. Pp 539-544.

Libo Zhang, Jian Jin, Liangju Wang, Peikui Huang, Dongdong Ma. A 3D white referencing method for soybean leaves based on fusion of hyperspectral images and 3D point clouds. Precision Agriculture. Https://

Dongdong Ma, Liangju Wang, Libo Zhang, Zhihang Song, Tanzeel U Rehman, Jian Jin. Stress Distribution Analysis on Hyperspectral Corn Leaf Images for Improved Phenotyping Quality. Sensors 2020, 201(13), 3659;

Liangju Wang, Yunhong Duan, Libo Zhang, Tanzeel Rehman, Dongdong Ma, Jian Jin. Precise Estimation of NDVI with a Simple NIR Sensitive RGB Camera and Machine Learning Methods for Corn Plants. Sensors 2020, 20(11), 3208.

Michael G. Resch and Michael R. Ladisch. Analysis, Impacts, and Solutions to Biomass Variability for Production of Fuels and Value-Added Products. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 41, 15375-15377

Honggu Choi, Jessica Zuponcic, Eduardo Ximenes, Michael Ladisch, John Turek, David Nolte. Antibiotic Selection for Resistant Bacteria Infecting Living Tissue using Biodynamic Imaging. In Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2020), paper AM1I.2.

Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Michael Ladisch, Soohyun Yi. Addressing academic researcher priorities through science and technology entrepreneurship education. J Technol Transf (2020).

Jun Han Bae, Wonse Jo, Jee Hwan Park, Richard M Voyles, Sara K McMillan, Byung-Cheol Min. Evaluation of Sampling Methods for Robotic Sediment Sampling Systems. In IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, doi: 10.1109/JOE.2020.3005576.

Pandara V Femeena, Indrajeet Chaubey, Antoine Aubeneau, Sara K McMillan, Paul D Wagner, Nicola Fohrer. An improved process-based representation of stream solute transport in the soil and water assessment tools. Hydrological Processes 34(11). Pp 2599-2611.

Matt T Trentman, Jennifer L Tank, Stuart E Jones, Sara K McMillian, Todd V Royer. Seasonal evaluation of biotic and antibiotic factors suggests phosphorus retention in constructed floodplains in three agricultural streams. Science of the Total Environment 729, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138744

Nathan S. Mosier. Cellulosic ethanol - biofuel beyond corn. In Bioenergy, 2nd ed. Ch. 11. Pp 223-244.

Nathan S Mosier, Klein E Ileleji. How fuel ethanol is made from corn. In Bioenergy, 2nd ed. Ch. 26. Pp 539-544.

Amudhan Ponrajan, Troy Tonner, Martin Okos, Osvaldo Campanella, Ganesan Narsimhan. Comparing inline extrusion viscosity for different operating conditions to offline capillary viscosity measurements. Journal of Food Process Engineering 43(5).

Gnana Prasuna Desam, Jinsha Li, Guibing Chen, Osvaldo Campanella, Ganesan Narsimhan. Swelling kinetics of rice and potato starch suspensions. Journal of Food Process Engineering 43(4).

Qiuju Xie, Ji-Qin Ni, Jun Bao, Zhongbin Su. Correlations, variations, and modelling of indoor environment in a mechanically-ventilated pig building. Journal of Cleaner Production

Yang Yang, Ji-Qin Ni, Shengkun Zhou, Guang Hui Xie. Comparison of energy performance and environmental impacts of three corn stover-based bioenergy pathways. Journal of Cleaner Production 272

Wenqing Zhou, Alan Y Hsu, Yueyang Wang, Ramizah Syahirah, Tianqi Wang, Jacob Jeffries, Xu Wang, Haroon Mohammad, Mohamed N Seleem, David Umulis, Qing Deng. Mitofusion 2 regulates neutrophil adhesive migration and the actin sytoskeleton. Journal of cell science 2020 133: jcs248880 doi: 10.1242/jcs.248880

Vidhya Munnamalai, Caryl Young, Matthew Thompson, Alexandra Fister, David Umulis, Donna Fekete. The acquisition of positional information in the developing choclea. The FASEB Journal 34(S1)

Tzu-Ching Wu, Xu Wang, Linlin Li, Ye Bu, David M Umulis. WaveletSEG: Automatic wavelet-based 3D nuclei segmentation and analysis for multicellular embryo quantification. bioRxiv (preprint)

Andrew J. Robinson, Andrea Vacca. Design of Asymmetric Gerotor Pumps. In: Stryczek J., Warzynska U. (eds). Advances in Hydraulic and Pneumatic Drives and Control 2020. NSHP 2020. Lecture Notes In Mechanical Engineering. Spring, Cham.

Mulari K. Maruthamuthu, Amir Hossein Raffiee, Denilson Mendes De Oliveira, Arezoo M. Ardekani, Mohit S. Verma. Raman spectra-based deep learning: A tool to identify microbial contamination. MicrobiologyOpen. 2020;00:e1122.

Jose Fernando Waimin, Sina Nejati, Hongjie Jiang, Jake Qiu, Jianghsan Wang, Mohit S Verma, Rahim Rahimi. Smart capsule for non-invasive sampling and studying of the gastrointestinal microbiome. RSC Adv, 2020, 10, 16313-16322

Armen Yildirim, Jesse C Grant, Siamak Shams Es‐haghi, Wojae Lee, Murali Kannan Maruthamuthu, Mohit Verma, John W Sutherland, Mukerrem Cakmak. Roll-to-Roll (R2R) Production of Large-Area High-Performance Piezoelectric Films Based on Vertically Aligned Nanocolumn Forests. Advanced Materials Technologies.

Murali K Maruthamuthu, Scott R Rudge, Arezoo M Ardekani, Michael R Ladisch, Mohit S Verma. Process analytical technologies and data analytics for the manufacture of monoclonal antibodies. Trends in Biology 38(10), pp 1169-1186.

Murali K Maruthamuthu, Scott R Rudge, Arezoo M Ardekani, Michael R Ladisch, Mohit S Verma. Process analytical technologies and data analytics for the manufacture of monoclonal antibodies. Trends in Biology 38(10), pp 1169-1186.

J.D.Revuelta-Acosta, D.C.Flanagan, B. A. Engel, K.W.King. Improvement of the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model for quantifying field scale subsurface drainage discharge.

November 2020 Staff News

Mandy Limiac is the new undergraduate lab coordinator in ABE!


Most of us already know Mandy, as she has been working as the lab manager in Dr. Sara McMillan’s research team for the past several years. Dr. Nathan Mosier "introduced" Mandy to the faculty and staff, "I know that Dr. McMillan and her team are sad to see her go, but are glad that it’s not too far!" Dr. McMillan's loss is definitely ABE students' gain!

Moving Day is approaching!

We are in the final days of our wonderful time in Lilly Hall and are making preparations to move back to the ABE Building and the new addition! If you haven't already started packing - what're you waiting for? Boxes, packing tape, and labels are available from Becky and Dr. Mosier reminds you that we will leave nothing behind except for furniture. Stan Harlow can provide you with a detailed drawing of your office and lab. Please email him and include the office number and lab number.

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