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Jonathan Male is appointed as Assistant Vice Chancellor – Office for National Laboratory Partnerships

WSU Insider | March 8, 2023

Photo of Jonathan MaleWashington State University’s Office of Research has appointed Jonathan Male as the assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the systemwide Office for National Laboratory Partnerships. He assumed the new role on Feb. 27.

Male will develop and support systemwide programs in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, other federally funded research and development centers, and similar major national and international research centers, publicly or privately funded. He will also oversee the development of strategic partnership areas between Washington State University and the partnering institution, including energy innovation, national security, and earth and biological systems. Male will also work with WSU’s Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships to advance WSU research in various areas of science, technology, and engineering.

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Three Minute Thesis – Austin Gluth wins the Tri-Cities 3MT Competition (3/8/2023)


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Austin Gluth – winner of 3MT – Tri-Cities

On behalf of Dr. Garcia-Perez, we would like to congratulate Austin Gluth for winning the Tri-Cities 3MT Competition that took place yesterday! The competition had 7 participants and four of them were our BSE graduate students:

– Austin Gluth (advisor Dr. Bin Yang)
– Renan Stefanini Lopes (advisor: Dr. Birgitte Ahring)
– Budi Harahap (advisor: Dr. Birgitte Ahring)
– Rongge Zou (advisor: Dr. Hanwu Lei)

Thank you, ALL, for representing our BSE department!

Congratulations, Austin, and good luck at the CAHNRS and University level competitions!


Three Minute Thesis – Jake Schrader (PhD) and Kesevan Veloo (MS) win the BSE Competition

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Kesevan Veloo – Winner of MS category
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Jake Schrader – Winner of PhD category

On behalf of Dr. Manuel Garcia-Perez, we want to thank Kesevan, Jake, Austin, Samrat, Renan and Milton for participating in BSE’s 3MT Thesis Competition! Also, a big thanks to our faculty judges and the audience!

Kesevan Veloo moves on to the CAHNRS competition in the MS category.

The winners in the PhD category moving on to the CAHNRS competition are Jake Schrader, Austin Gluth and Samrat Dahal.


Congratulations to All!!!


The following awards will be deposited into each student’s account.

Name                              Advisor Rank Award
Kesevan Veloo   Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran #1 MS   $200
Jake Schrader     Dr. Lav Khot #1 PhD $200
Austin Gluth       Dr. Bin Yang #2 PhD $150
Samrat Dahal     Dr. Joan Wu #3 PhD $100



Shulin Chen named National Academy of Inventors senior member

February, 2023 | WSU Insider

Photo of Shulin ChenBiological Systems Engineering professor Shulin Chen has been honored as a  senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. He will be inducted formally at the Academy’s annual meeting in June in Washington, D.C.

Chen has produced biochemicals from organic waste using microbial “cell factories,” yeasts that synthesize target biochemicals using metabolic pathways. His team also developed a method for extracting high-value products from potato peels, a waste by-product of potato processing. His method turns phytochemical and nutrient-rich waste into a revenue stream. Chen holds ten U.S. patents for his innovations.

Chen’s research focuses on making industrial processes more sustainable. His projects include development of bioconversion processes and systems for the production of biofuel, bioenergy, and bioproducts. Using anaerobic digestion systems, his research team has invented a process to convert manure and other dairy-industry waste to bioenergy which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His team’s systems also recover nutrients from wastewater, alleviating concerns about surface and groundwater pollution. Six anaerobic digestion systems are now functioning throughout the state of Washington.

Source: WSU Insider

AgAID Digital AgAthOn 2023 – Hackathon

February 2, 2023 | WSU Insider

Photo of AgAID Digital AgAthOn 2023Almost 200 students from around the U.S. had the chance to work on two challenges for the agricultural industry as part of the NSF/USDA-NIFA-funded AgAID Institute’s Digital Agathon. The event was held on the Washington State University Pullman campus as well as in Corvallis, Oregon and Merced, California.

A huge thanks goes to  Drs. Kirti Rajagopalan and Sandhuja Sankaran for their role in this event (organizing, logistics, training, mentoring, and judging). Congratulations to all our BSE students across the campuses who participated and stayed competitive in this event.

A special congratulations to: Bhupinderjeet Singh and his team on winning the second prize for the water challenge competition!

And to Srikanth Gorthi and his team for winning the fourth prize in the labor challenge!