October 4, 2016 | WSU News, by Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. – A doctoral student at Washington State University Tri-Cities is one of 15 worldwide, and the only U.S. student, selected to participate in a recent week-long school in Germany about developing safe, reliable chemicals in a sustainable way.
“One of the biggest challenges for sustainability sciences is to find solutions that do not threaten economic growth, the environment, and public welfare,” said Lei Zhu, who studies biological systems engineering at WSU Tri-Cities. “In particular, developing countries are seemingly faced with the dilemma of economic growth versus sustainability. Sustainability Sciences is all about coming up with ways out of dilemmas.”
In Elmar Villota’s home country of the Philippines, as much as 15 percent of households do not have electricity. Villota, a doctoral student in biological systems engineering at Washington State University Tri-Cities, is motivated to close that gap with renewable energy.
“A simple light bulb could make a world of difference,” he said. “Without a sustainable source of electricity, students can’t have light or read comfortably at night. Imagine how much knowledge they would miss.”
Congratulations to BSE, Tri-Cities student Hector Camargo! Hector won a Student Award at the 2016 International Society for Horticulture Science in Avignon, France.
He presented two papers, one poster, and one oral presentation. His poster titled: Modeling the growth of pollen tubes for Gala and Fuji Apples and his oral presentation: Predicting the Release of Endodormancy and Bud Break Occurrence for grapevines won 1st place in Hortimodel.
It is a pleasure to announce that at the 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Florida, the graduate students of WSU BSE secured the “Student Mile Award” for the 2nd time consecutively. In addition, Ravi Kiran, was elected as ASABE IPC student officer.
For his research as a Ph.D. student of Biological Systems Engineering at WSU, Suraj Amatya, a Ph.D. graduate in 2015, recently received second place in an international competition at the ASABE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. He received the Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award. List of winners
The NRES Student Oral and Poster competition at this year’s AIM in New Orleans saw a total of 114 student oral presentations in NRES sponsored sessions, approximately 45% of all potential NRES oral presentations in non-invited NRES sessions. The following are recognized for their Outstanding Oral Presentations:
Timothy Grant, University of Tennessee, “Effect of Polymer-coated Urea on Cotton Yield and Nitrogen Uptake under Various Irrigation Regimes and in Varying Soil Water-holding Conditions”
Ana Martin-Ryals, University of Illinois, “Utilizing AnMBR Technology and Bioaugmentation to Improve Energy Recovery from Wastewater”
Amanda Montgomery, Purdue University, “The Effects of Different Biofuel Crops and Fertilizer Rates on Subsurface Water Quality and Yield on Marginal Land”
Carlington Wallace, Purdue University, “Quantifying the Effects of Future Climate Conditions on Runoff, Sediment and Chemical Losses for Different Watershed Sizes”
Iftikhar Zeb, Washington State University, “Recycling AD Effluent as Dilution Water for AD Process: Effects of TAN and Salinity”
Graduate student Brennan Pecha is one of four researchers from about 330 presenting posters to receive the international Frontier-Labs Young Scientist Award for significant contributions to analytical and applied pyrolysis. » More ...