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Behnaz Molaei receives the AFW’s Karen P. Depauw Leadership Award

Behnaz Molaei wins the The Karen P. DePauw Leadership AwardAFW’s 2022 Karen P. Depauw Leadership Award has been given to Behnaz Molaei
April 11, 2022. Pullman, WA

Behnaz Molaei just won another leadership award: “The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award” from the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) and the Graduate School. The award has been given during a special ceremony on April 7.

The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award (for doctoral candidates) was created in honor of Dr. DePauw’s service to WSU in 2003 to give recognition to doctoral candidates that demonstrate evidence of leadership skills and/or university involvement.

Huge Congratulations to Behnaz and her proud advisor/mentor Dr. Troy Peters!!

This story has been twitted by Drs. Chilton, DePauw and Schulz:
https://twitter.com/kpdepauw/status/1512067877947334658?s=20&t=ax-hPsZrhfByUuL_PdNV8A

 

 

 

Behnaz Molaei receives Graduate Student Leadership Award from CAHNRS Academic Programs

CAHNRS Academic Programs
April 5, 2022. Pullman, WA

Graduate students are presently afforded multiple opportunities to be recognized for outstanding academics or scholarship. In contrast, there are few opportunities for them to be recognized for their leadership.

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Graduate Student Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates graduate students who have demonstrated leadership that has positively impacted their unit, college, campus, or wider community. The award is not just for longstanding leaders; it is reserved for those who made significant positive contributions or improvements to the operations and functions of these programs, initiatives, or organizations. The winner receives a $1,000 award.

CAHNRS Academic Programs announces that Behnaz Moleai has been chosen to receive the 2022 Graduate Student Leadership Award.

Behnaz’s advisor is Dr. Troy Peters.

 

 

Three Minute Thesis – Uddhav Bhattarai wins the CAHNRS PhD Competition

Uddhav Bhattarai has won the PhD CAHNRS 3 Minute Competition. He will compete at the WSU wide competition.

Congratulations Uddhav and Good Luck during the next phase!!

CAHNRS 2022 – 3 Minute thesis Results

 

 

PhD

  1. Uddhav Bhattarai – BSE – $1000 (Presentation Title: Robot Laborers for Apple Crop Management) – won tie-breaker and will advance to the University-level competition.
  2. Ramesh Sahni – BSE – $1000 (Presentation Title: Fixed spray system: Every drop to the drop)
  3. Sudha Upadhaya, Plant Path – $500 (Presentation Title: Can a picture save thousands of plants?)

Masters

  1. Em Rendleman, Entomology – $1,000 (Presentation Title:Experimental Varroa Mite Treatment in the European Honey Bee Apis Mellifera)
  2. Srijana Shrestha, Horticulture – $500 (Presentation Title: Professional Development Training for Soil-Biodegradable Plastic Mulch (BDM))
  3. Noah Willsea, Horticulture – $250 (Presentation Title: Retractable netting reduces sunburn risk while maintaining red color in apples)
  4. Jasmine Richman, Animal Sciences – $250 (Presentation Title: Investigating the activin receptor signaling pathway as a key regulator ofmuscle grown following whole genome duplication events)

 

Uddhav Bhattarai is a finalist for best oral presentation at ASABE 2021

July, 2021 | Pullman, WA

Uddhav Bhattarai placed in the ITSC community competition for the presentation titled “Simplifying Apple Flower/Fruit Counting: A Weakly Supervised Approach”.

Congratulations to all of the finalists of the ASABE Student Oral/Poster Presentation Competition, held during the 2021 Annual International Meeting.

Each finalist received a $250 prize check. For more information on the competition, please visit ASABE’s website: https://asabe.org/Poster.

 

 

 

Behnaz Molaei receives the GPSA College Representative of the Year Award

March 23, Pullman, WA

Reanne Cunninghamm Chilton, the President  and Marwa Aly, Executive VP and Budget Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) at WSU announces that Behnaz Molaei has been awarded the GPSA College Representative of the Year Award.

She is being recognized as an execeptional college representative and chair of the awards and scholarships committee.

GPSA is so happy to recognize Behnaz’s accomplishments by giving her this award.

Behnaz’s advisor is Dr. Troy Peters.

 

 

Behnaz Molaei is a 2021 Irrigation Foundation E3 Winner

December 6, 2021  |  San Diego, CA

Behnaz Molaei is a 2021 Irrigation Foundation E3 Winner at the ASABE/IA 6th Decennial National Irrigation Symposium, Irrigation Show and Education Week, December 6-10, 2021, San Diego.

Behnaz’s advisor is Dr. Troy Peters.

 

For more information, please visit the ASABE, 6th Irrigation Show and Education Week website.

FEC Club wins the 2021 GPSA Excellence Award for Registered Student Organizations (RSO)

 

The Graduate Student and Professional Organization (GPSA) at WSU has voted to present the 2021 GPSA Excellence Award to the FEC club.

The Food and Engineering Club is comprised of graduate student members from the Food Engineering program and one faculty advisor (Dr. Shyam Sablani). These students conduct research in advanced thermal and non-thermal food technologies as well as polymeric packaging technologies to help the food industry address challenges of increasing consumer demand for safe, nutritious, and high-quality food products.

Congratulations to the FEC and Dr. Sablani!

 

Current officers are:

President:  Yonas Gezahegn
Vice President: Zhi Qu
Secretary: Yoon-Ki Hong
Treasurer: Yucen Xie
Professional Development: Sivapratha Sivabalan
Social and Outreach: Sicheng Sun
CAHNRS Senate: Xu Zhou

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Shyam Sablani

 

Three Minute Thesis – Femi Peter Alege wins second place overall in the WSU wide competition

After winning the CAHNRS 2021 3MT competition, Femi Peter Alege, a doctoral student in WSU’s Biological Systems Engineering program, went on to place second and win a $1,500 travel grant in the overall University-wide 3MT competition.

“Congratulations, Femi, on your second place in the university Three Minute Thesis competition.  You represented CAHNRS very well and we are all very proud of you.” Dr. Richard Zach, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, CAHNRS, WSU.

“Femi. Congratulations for this very important achievement! Best regards!” Dr. Manuel Garcia-Perez, Department Chair, Biological Systems Engineering, CAHNRS, WSU.

Click on this link for the full story. WSU Insider.

Three Minute Thesis – Femi Peter Alege wins the CAHNRS PhD Competition

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Femi Peter Alege has won the PhD CAHNRS 3 Minute Competition. He will compete at the WSU wide competition later this month.

Congratulations Femi and Good Luck during the next phase!!

CAHNRS 2021 – 3 Minute thesis Results

PhD

  1. Femi Peter Alege – BSE – $500
  2. Lexi Jackson – HD – $250

Honorable Mention – $100 each

Lance Merrick – CSS

Kassie Stadler – AS

Halle Choi – SFS

Dowen Jocson – ENT

Kiersten Ritchie – ENT

Faith Price – HD

Josh Tibbits – SES

 

MS

  1. Cheyenne Sloan – CSS – $500
  2. Anna Webb – ENT – $250
  3. Yuanhao (Rory) Want – FS – $250
  4. May Wang – Hort $250

Honorable Mention – $100 each

Lindsay McCoy – AMDT

Jazmine Richman – AS

Nathaniel Green – ENT

Bailey Hallwachs – Hort

2019 ASABE Superior Paper Award – Congratulations!

May 9, 2019  |  Pullman, WA

The team of Qin Zhang, Xin Zhang, Long He, Yaqoob Majeed, Matthew D. Whiting and Manoj Karkee have been selected to receive a 2019 ASABE Superior Paper Award.
This group will be honored at the General Session Recognition Program during the ASABE Annual International Meeting on July 8th, 2019 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

  • Qin Zhang – Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Director, Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University, Prosser, WA.
  • Xin Zhang – Graduate Student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University, Prosser, WA.
  • Long He – Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Fruit Research and Extension Center, Pennsylvania State University, Biglerville, PA.
  • Yaqoob Majeed – Graduate Student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University, Prosser, WA.
  • Matthew D. Whiting – Professor in the Department of Horticulture, Washington State University, Prosser, WA.
  • Manoj Karkee – Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University, Prosser, WA.

Read the Paper : A Precision Pruning Strategy for Improving Efficiency of Vibratory Mechanical Harvesting of Apples, 2018, Transactions of the ASABE, Vol. 61(5): 1565-1576.