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Youth get hands-on lessons in biofuels, food engineering, robotics

Feb 2017 | CAHNRS News

Graduate students from CAHNRS’ Department of Biological Systems Engineering brought their research to life for students at Lincoln Middle School in Pullman.

In three 2016 visits, student researchers shared concepts in areas like food engineering, bioenergy and agricultural automation with middle school students in science teacher Marla Haugen’s class.

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Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords

Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.

January 25, 2017 |by Heidi Ledford, Nature – International Weekly Journal of Science

drone flying over cropAt Washington State University in Pullman, biological engineer Sindhuja Sankaran’s lab is preparing to deploy drones carrying lidar, the laser equivalent of radar. The system will scan agricultural fields to gather data on plant height and the density of leaves and branches. Sankaran also uses sensors to measure the volatile chemicals that plants give off, particularly when they are under attack from insects or disease. She hopes eventually to mount the sensors on robots.

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Highly Cited Research

Biosystems Engineering Journal CoverCongratulations to Professor Hanwu Lei and his group members and co-authors who won “Highly Cited Research” from Biosystems Engineering. Dr. Hanwu Lei’s paper, “Thermal behaviour and kinetic study for woody biomass torrefaction and torrefied biomass pyrolysis by TGA”, published in 2013 is one of the most highly cited papers during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016 according to data from Scopus. Dr. Lei’s paper is one of the 5 most highly cited papers published in Biosystems Engineering. A certificate for Highly Cited Research in Biosystems Engineering was awarded to Dr. Lei in recognition of the contribution to the quality of the Elsevier journal.

Dr. Shoujie Ren is the first author who is the WSU graduate (2012) of Biological Systems Engineering. The award paper is co-authored with his advisor Dr. Hanwu Lei and his graduate committee members Dr. Joan Wu and Dr. Shulin Chen. Dr. Ren is currently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Tennessee.

The internationally respected Biosystems Engineering (formerly JAER) is the official scientific journal of The European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng).

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