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Manuel Garcia-Perez wins NSF Career Award

WSU news – Manuel Garcia-Perez, assistant professor and scientist in the Washington State University Department of Biological Systems Engineering, recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his work to develop better methods for producing and refining biofuels. WSUnews NSF (May 2012)

Juming Tang First WSU Distinguished Chair in Food Engineering
May 2012

PULLMAN, Wash. – Juming Tang, a professor of food engineering who developed a new technology that could revolutionize how food is preserved and processed, is the first Washington State University Distinguished Chair of Food Engineering.

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Institute of Food Technologists, Puget Sound Section, Outstanding Students

Yang Jiao & Fermin Resurreccion will receive a $1,250.00 Scholarship, an inscribed certificate and an awards dinner in their honor. May2012

Institute of Food Technologists, Puget Sound Section, Travel Awards

Sumeet Dhawan, Rajat Tyagi and Wenjia Zhang will receive a $1000.00 scholarship, an inscribed certificate and an awards dinner in their honor. May2012

USDA Grant Funds Ph.D. Training

March 7, 2012 – BSysE faculty members Gustavo Barbosa-Canovas, Shyam Sablani, and Juming Tang received a National NeedsFellowship award of $238,500 to fund Ph.D. training in sustainable food safety. See the complete article in WSUToday.

Claudio Stöckle ‘Community Models’ Panel Expert
February 17, 2012

Claudio Stöckle, Chair of BSysE, along with Howard Grimes, WSU vice president for research, and Jennifer Adam, WSU assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, were members of a panel of experts at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held this year in Vancouver, B.C. Their discussion topic was “Can Community Models Help Solve Global Challenges?“. For more information see the complete article in WSUToday

Ofero Caparino Poster Competition Award Winner
February 13, 2012

At the prestigious Dr. William R. Wiley Exposition held February 3, 2012, Ofero Caparino, BSysE graduate student, won the Medical and Life Sciences division Best Poster Competition. This exposition is held annually by the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association. [more]

Roopesh Syamaladevi
February 9, 2012

Roopesh Syamaladevi was selected to participate in the “December Career Day” (sponsored by PepsiCo and the New York Academy of Sciences) in New York City at the Academy’s headquarters on December 12, 2011. Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists have been selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo’s R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers. He was selected to this award based on his resume and a research proposal “Protection of biotic lipophilic food ingredients during storage: A study on micro and macroscopic molecular mobility in glassy food encapsulants” prepared with the help of his PhD research advisor Dr. Shyam Sablani.

Roopesh also received Graduate Student Travel grant from WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association to attend 11th Conference of Food Engineering to be held in Leesburg, VA from April 2-4, 2012

Department Enjoys Holiday Potluck
December 21, 2011

One of the most enjoyable events of the year is our BSysE holiday potluck because it is an international food fair with hard to resist delicacies from around the world. And as always, it is a chance to meet new friends, say farewell to old friends, and discover what others in the department are doing.

Shyam Sablani Receives  the 2011 Vapor Sorption Analyzer Grant
November 7, 2011

The Department of Biological System Engineering at Washington State University and the bi state School of Food Science have been awarded the 2011 Vapor Sorption Analyzer (VSA) Grant. This WSU/UI research team was chosen to receive the 2011 VSA Grant because it is well known for its materials science research and its extensive list of published works. Dr. Shyam Sablani is the lead scientist on this cooperative project. [more]

Markus Flury Elected Fellow
October 20, 2011

Dr. Markus Flury, affiliate Faculty member of BSysE, was elected Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America during the Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of America in San Antonio this week. The Fellow is the highest recognition given by the society. It is based on professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3% of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

Bin Yang Wins Young Faculty Award
Monday, September 26, 2011

BSysE Assistant professor Bin Yang is one of only 39 young scientists selected from 407 applicants from across the nation to receive this year’s prestigious Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award.    Ref: WSUToday

Roopesh Syamaladevi Receives WSU scholarship and is Honored at IFT 2011
Monday, August 12, 2011

BSysE Graduate student Roopesh Mohandas Syamaladevi won second place in the refrigerated and frozen foods division of the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2011 Graduate Student Paper Award Competition. IFT is a leading international scientific society in food science, technology and engineering.   [ref: WSUToday]  Roopesh returned from IFT to be honored again by receiving the WSU Graduate School doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who have shown outstanding research and scholarship among Ph.D. graduate students at WSU. Roopesh works under the supervision of assistant professor and scientist Shyam Sablani.

Shoujie Ren Wins National Science Travel Award
June 20, 2011

BSysE Graduate student Shoujie Ren, under the supervision of assistant professor and scientist Hanwu Lei, won a travel award of $447 from University of Florida (UF) travel office through the National Science Foundation to attend the ASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) to be held at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR in June 2011. Shoujie made an oral presentation titled “Microwave torrefaction of corn stover and tech-economic analysis” at the conference.