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History book chronicles 130-year evolution of agricultural engineering at WSU

November  29, 2022  |  WSU Insider

Old photo of LJ Smith HallAs Washington agriculture changed over the last century, so too did teaching and research in agricultural engineering at Washington State University.

That evolution is chronicled in detail in a recently published, 218-page history, “Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University: More than 100 Years Committed to Building a Better and More Sustainable Agriculture.”

Written by current and retired faculty and present staff from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, the book reaches from the university’s 1892 origins to the present, highlighting the forces that shaped the department as well as its growing team and changing faces.

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WSU’s Lav Khot, colleagues receive multi-state award for ag drone research

 

Lav Khot, associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, was honored by the for ongoing efforts to enhance the role of drones in agriculture.

Khot and colleagues at more than 20 research institutions received the 2022 National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Experiment Station Section (ESS) unit of the commission’s Board on Agriculture Assembly for their research and extension work in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) applications for U.S. agriculture and natural resources…

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Juming Tang inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2021 Class of Fellows

December, 2021  |   WSU Research

Photo of Juming TangJuming Tang, Regents Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2021 Class of Fellows.

“Congratulations to Matthew McCluskey and Juming Tang for their induction as NAI Members. Through research and discovery, their innovations provide cutting-edge solutions to challenges that will benefit society and influence science, technology, and innovation worldwide,” said Sita Pappu, assistant vice president for the Office of Commercialization.

Tang has invented and commercialized electromagnetic spectrum wave-based food processes. Tang has focused his research on advancing thermal processing technologies and supporting knowledge for control of bacterial and viral pathogens in foods with minimum adverse effects on taste and nutrition.

Tang’s laboratory has developed two commercially viable technologies based on 915 MHz microwaves for production of high quality ready-to-eat meals with extended shelf-life in different storage conditions. The unique engineering designs allow predictable and rapid heating of pre-packaged food that eliminates food pathogens, replacing the long-time industrial method of canning foods.

Source: WSU Research

Mark Schrader places in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition at ASABE 2022

Mark Schrader presents

Jake Schrader ( PhD Student of Lav Khot, Agricultural Automation Engineering) is shown presenting in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition during the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Houston, Texas, 2022.

Jake placed in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition within the Machinery Systems technical community for his work entitled,“Thermal analysis of heated spray and implications for agricultural spray technologies”.

He will receive a $250 prize check for his presentation.

Behnaz Molaei places in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition at ASABE 2022

Photo of Behnaz presenting

Dr. Behnaz Molaei (former PhD Student of Troy Peters, LAWREE) is shown presenting in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition during the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Houston, Texas, 2022.

Dr. Molaei placed in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition within the Machinery Systems technical community for her work entitled, “Investigating Practical Artificial Hot and Cold Reference Surfaces for Improved ET Estimation using the UAS-METRIC Energy Balance Model”.

She will receive a $250 prize check for her presentation.

 

 

Sustainable Jet Fuel Based on Lignin

August 2022 | STLE

 

Research on Lignin Jet FuelLignin-derived jet fuel displays a superior heat of combustion, higher seal swell properties and a much lower aromatic content compared to Jet-A.

Bin Yang, professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Washington State University (WSU) in Richland, WA, says, “Besides using jet fuel, other propulsion options such as batteries and fuel cells are not suitable for use in long-distance airplance travel in the near future (less than 30 years). This places the aviation industry in the position of needing to find a sustainable alternative to Jet-A. One big concern with using the incumbent jet fuel is its aromatic content, which varies from approximately 8% to 25% by volume, which is key to the density and seal swell characteristics of jet fuel but increases engine soot production. Some approved alternative jet fuels, such as synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPKs), need the addition of aromatics and others contain aromatics. Ultimately, the aviation industry is seeking a 100% sustainable aviation fuel that produces no emissions.”

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BSE Departmental Retreat – Satuday, August 6th, 2022

August 6th, 2022. Pullman, WA

Biological Systems Engineering Departmental Retreat – Celebrating the legacy of more than 100 years of Agricultural Engineering at Washington State University.

Elson Floyd Cultural Center, 405 SE Spokane St., Pullman, WA

Zoom link: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/93021266458?pwd=aW1FQU5nSGZOZ0hJcXF2Qk12QXpnZz09, Meeting ID: 930 2126 6458, Passcode: 620137

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Sindhuja Sankaran honored by CAHNRS with early career excellence award

June 21, 2022  | CAHNRS News

Sindhuja SankaranEarly Career Excellence: Sindhuja Sankaran

An associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Sankaran studies sensor technologies for crop phenotyping and supports plant breeding, crop plant research, and precision agriculture applications. Her research and teaching program supports researchers from other CAHNRS departments and USDA-ARS labs.

Sankaran was honored for her leadership, service, and outreach, for a robust and productive research program, and as a terrific teacher who receives high marks on student evaluations. Highly engaged with her students and post-docs, she is an outstanding mentor for the next generation of scientists. Sankaran strives to impress upon them the importance of following rigorous scientific methods and of communication via prompt publication and involvement in scientific societies.

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Drones and bird pests

June 1, 2022  |  WSU Insider

Photo of drone over crop fieldAutomated drones could scare birds off agricultural fields

A Washington State University research team has developed a system for scaring birds, which they detail in a study published in the journal Computer and Electronics in Agriculture. The system is designed to have automated drones available 24 hours a day to scare pest birds, like European starlings or crows, that cost growers millions of dollars a year in lost fruit.

“Growers don’t really have a good tool they can rely on for deterring pest birds at an affordable price,” said Manoj Karkee, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the study’s corresponding author. “With further refinement and industry partnerships, this system could work.”

For now, the birds are scared off just by the motion and whirring noises made by drones. But Karkee said that sounds, like distress calls or predatory bird noises, could be added. Builders could even design special drones for the job.

continue reading the article, WSU Insider, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Marcelo Martinez as a permanent BSE Office staff member

Photo of Marcelo MartinezMay 11, 2022. Pullman, WA

With the CAHNRS Business Center staff reduction, their purchasing related responsibilities will be delegated to our department soon. The department’s office has conducted a successful search for a BSE Fiscal Specialist 1 position.  Our new BSE Fiscal Specialist 1 is Mr. Marcelo Martinez.

Marcelo has been going through the Workday related training for the last several days and we hope he will be ready to gradually take over all purchasing processes from the business center.

Marcelo’s office phone number is 509-335-0194, and his email address is marcelo.n.martinez@wsu.edu.
Marcelo, welcome to the Biological Systems Engineering family.  We are delighted to have you in our department.