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Biological Systems Engineering News: Graduate Student

BSYSE 512 Poster Competition Winners

First Place:       Prashant Pokhrel (avg score 81.3)

Second Place:  Muhammad Khan (avg score 80.8)

Third Place:     Jose Martinez Fernandez (avg score 79.8)

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Congratulations to Prashant, Muhammad, and Jose for your exceptional poster presentations, and to the whole class for your good effort!

ASABE Conference Research Award

Congratulations to Jingjin Zhang!

“I am very happy to announce that your paper entry to the Boyd-Scott Graduation Research Award competition was selected as one of the top three papers judged in the written portion of the PH.D. category competition.” An oral competition will follow this July in Montreal, Canada.

Carol L. Flautt, Awards Administrator, ASABE

Graduate Student Award

vince1Soil Science Society of America | Congratulations to Mr. Hossein Sadeghi as the recipient of the 2013 Graduate Student Award!

Hossein is a Ph.D. candidate at Washington State University under the direction of Dr. Troy Peters in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. Hossein has been described by his advisor as “a brilliant and productive Ph.D. student with big dreams and with high standards of scholarship and high expectations for himself.” Hossein is currently researching “New methods to evaluate and adjust the design and operation of center pivot and micro-irrigation tapered laterals for improved efficiency” at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser WA. The goal of this research is to save water and make irrigation management easier for growers.

BSysE students Win Poster Competition

The research posters of Kanishka Bhunia and Roopesh Syamaladevi won first and third places, respectively at the Lewis-Clark section of Institute of Food Technologists 2012 Student Research Poster competition. Kanishka and Roopesh work with assistant professor and scientist Shyam Sablani.

Also attending this conference were BSysE graduate students Yang Jiao,Peng Jing, Ellen Bornhorst, Sumeet Dhawan, Wenjia Zhang, Rossana Villa Rojas, and Ofero Caparino.

Wenjia Zhang wins 1st place poster award at IMPI 46

Graduate student Wenjia Zhang’s poster presentation titled “Physical Properties of Egg Whites and Whole Eggs Relevant to Microwave Pasteurization” received 1st place poster award at the 46th IMPI (International Microwave Power Institute) symposium held in Las Vegas, June 2012. Wenjia Zhang works with Dr. Juming Tang’s microwave pasteurization group. The International Microwave Power Institute is the leading global association dedicated to the exchange of information on all aspects of microwave and RF heating technologies.

CougsCARE design team places second in Hydrogen Education Foundation Competition

Brennan Pecha (ChemE), Jacob Bair (ME), Eli Chambers (ChemE), Cale Levengood (ME), and Shi-Shen Liaw(BioSysE); members of the WSU CougsCARE team avised by Jacob Leachman, Su Ha, and Manuel Garcia-Perez took 2nd place in the annual Hydrogen Education Foundation Competition with a “Combined Heat, Hydrogen and Power (CHHP) system design for WSU using local resources.

2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

On behalf of Dr. Stockle and the Biological Systems Engineering Scholarship Committee, we are announcing the winners of the 2014 BSYSE Outstanding Graduate Student Awards. Each student will be receiving $500 along with the award letter from Dr. Stockle.

Agricultural Automation Engineering

Arnie & Marta Kegel Endowed Fellowship

  • Suraj Amatya
  • Mark DeKlaine

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Engineering

Alfred & Genevieve Gallucci Scholarship

  • Lei Zhu
  • Libing Zhang
  • Tingting Li
  • Ali Abghari

Food Engineering

Arnie & Marta Kegel Endowed Fellowship

  • Ellen Bornhorst
  • Yang Jiao

LAWREE

Walter and Vinnie Hinz Scholarship

  • Golnaz Badr
  • Hossein Sadeghi

Our congratulations to these outstanding graduate students!!