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Residents Hope to Prevent Wildfire With BioChar

September 23, 2021  |   NWPB

How Residents In The Methow Valley Are Hoping To Prevent Wildfire By Creating BioChar.

Residents in the Methow Valley are applying pyrolysis to reduce an overabundance of small-diameter trees and woody debris, which has built up over decades in the surrounding forests. Pyrolysis takes this excess biomass and heats it beyond typical combustion temperatures in a low-oxygen environment. From this, the forest fuel load is reduced and carbon from the biomass stays stored in the by-products.

Dr. Manuel Garcia-Pérez, professor in the Biological Systems Engineering and Department Chair at Washington State University, says pyrolysis would allow for taking excess carbon burning mostly on the east side of the Cascades and using it to make soil across the state more fertile. He’s excited that there are citizens who are taking action to try and address this problem in their community. Garcia-Pérez is optimistic about the potential of this technology to benefit the environment, while also being profitable through the use of its by-products, which can contribute to society in a number of ways. There’s potential for biochar to be used in asphalt and building construction.

Source: Northwest Public Broadcasting

Juming Tang elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 17, 2021  |   WSU Insider

Juming Tang, Regents Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for invention and commercialization of electromagnetic spectrum wave-based food processes.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Juming Tang as a new member. This announcement was made by NAE President John L. Anderson on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”  Dr. Tang, and other members of his newly elected class, will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on Oct. 3, 2021.

Source: WSU Insider

New chair encourages discoveries in Biological Systems Engineering

July 23, 2020  |   WSU Insider

Manuel Garcia-Pérez, Professor, New Chair of Biological Systems Engineering, Encourages Discoveries.

Manuel Garcia-Pérez is excited to lead faculty and students as they make discoveries for a healthy environment, renewable energy, productive and sustainable agriculture, and safe and nutritious foods. “I am a big believer in the magic of committed individuals and teams,” said Garcia Pérez, a BSE professor since 2013. Garcia-Pérez takes over as chair of BSE from Juming Tang, who has been chair for four years, on Nov. 1.

The native of Cuba came to WSU after earning degrees in Cuba and Canada, then completing post-doctoral fellowships in the state of Georgia, and in Australia. “WSU is my first job,.. 

Source: Press Release: WSU Insider

Qin Zhang elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

July 15, 2020  |   Washington State Academy of Sciences

Qin Zhang, Professor, Director of Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for contributions leading to the adoption of automation technologies to agricultural production, a recognizable contribution to core technology development for intelligent farming machinery and smart agriculture and pioneering the emerging science frontier by the proposed study of agricultural cybernetics.

The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) announced 21 new members in recognition of their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the Academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. New members will be inducted into WSAS following the 13th Annual Members’ Meeting on September 10, 2020. 

Source: Press Release: New Members Elected to WSAS 

Juming Tang elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

July 15, 2019  |   Washington State Academy of Sciences

Juming Tang, Regents Professor and Department Chair, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for forward-thinking research in the field of food engineering.

The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) is delighted to announce 24 new members in recognition of their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the Academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. New members will be inducted into WSAS following the 12th Annual Symposium and Members’ Meeting at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on September 12, 2019.

Source: Press Release: New Members Elected to WSAS 

Lav Khot Named New Innovator in Food and Agriculture

January 15, 2019  |  CAHNRS News

Professional profile photo of Lav KhotPROSSER – WSU’s Lav Khot will look to reduce reliance on broad spectrum pesticides that result in residues on food with an award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).

Khot and his collaborators received one of FFAR’s New Investigator awards for 2018, which includes a 3-year, $300,000 grant. Part of the grant will be used to study the usefulness of ozonated water, or water that has the O3 molecule, also known as ozone, dissolved into it.

Continue Reading on the CAHNRS News Page: Award allows for research on crop spray residue

 

The full article can be found on the CAHNRS News Page: Award allows for research on crop spray residue

More Information can be found on the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award Page: New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award

BSE Faculty Manoj Karkee Named 2019 Pioneer in AI and IoT

December 4, 2018  |  Connected World Magazine   |  Carol Stream, Ill.

Manoj Karkee, a professor in the Agricultural Automation Engineering specialty area of Biological Systems Engineering has been selected as a 2019 Pioneers in AI and IoT by Connected World magazine.

The Pioneers in AI and IoT awards highlight the humane, uplifting, and powerful stories of the IoT (Internet of Things) and other emerging technological breakthroughs impacting the good of mankind.

 

The full article can be found on the 11 Professors Prophecies for AI and IoT website.

More information about the Connected World magazine 2019 Pioneers in AI and IoT can be found on the Connected World Press Room Website.