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Doctor of Philosophy in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Faculty working with Students: 23
Students: 83
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 54.22%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • Level 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

The department offers the PhD degree with four research areas of emphasis: Bioenergy and Bioproducts Engineering; Food Engineering; Land, Air, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering; and Agricultural Automation Engineering.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Academia:
    • Possess a national and international reputation for excellence in their area.
    • Value the significance of quality original scholarly work.
    • Contribute to the knowledge base within their discipline.
    • Attract funding for their research.
    • Provide leadership to professional organizations.
  2.  Industry
    •  Effectively manage engineering research and/or development research teams.
    •  Provide leadership in developing industry standards of practice.
    •  Be creative and innovator.
    •  Develop profitable products or revenue-saving manufacturing procedures.
    •  Provide vision for future direction of their companies and for the industry.
  3.  Government Service
    • Provide expert technical knowledge in decision-making processes.
    • Provide leadership within their technical and professional societies.
    • Contribute to the development of public policies.
    • Provides global perspective to the use of technical knowledge.

Faculty Members:

Ahring, Birgitte, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Microbiology, biofuels, biochemicals

Barbosa-Canovas, Gustavo, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Barbosa is director of the Center for Non Thermal Processing of Food (CNPF) and works in the BSysE Food Engineering research emphasis area. His primary interest is in finding effective and less harmful methods of preserving food through the study, development, and application of nonthermal technologies. Please visit Dr. Barbosa’s research web site for more information about his research.

Chen, Shulin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Land, Air, Water, and Environmental Engineering

Flury, Markus, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Water and solute transport in the vadose zone, colloid and colloid-faciltated transport in the vadose zone, sorption mechanisms of organic solutes and its effects on transport, lateral dispersion mechanisms, dye tracers for vadose zone hydrology, interpretation development of soil physical measurement techniques.

Ganjyal, Girish, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Food processing, extrusion, frying, food ingredient technology, physico-chemical changes in food ingredients during processing, food structures, food product development and value-addition of food processing by-products.

Garcia-Perez, Manuel, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Thermo-chemical conversion of biomass (Pyrolysis, Gasification and Combustion)
Bio-fuels and biomass derived products
Production of hydrogen
Development and implementation of new bio-refinery concepts
Environmental impact of biomass thermochemical products

Ha, Su, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Energy generations from alternative fuels.

Hoogenboom, Gerrit, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Land, Air, and Water Resource and Environmental Engineering

Agrometeorology
Crop Modeling and Simulation
Automated Weather Station Operation and Management
Decision Support Systems and Decision Aids
Climate Variability and Climate Change
Natural Resource Management

Karkee, Manoj, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research Interests:

Agricultural systems modeling, simulation, control and visualization,
Automated and autonomous agricultural machinery systems,
Robotics and machine intelligence.

Center Affiliations:

Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems

Khot, Lav

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Lei, Hanwu, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research and Teaching Interests:

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Biomass Thermochemical Conversions (Torrefaction, Pyrolysis, Microwave Pyrolysis, Hydrothermal Liquefaction, and Organosolv Liquefaction),
Catalytic Processes, Bio-Oil Upgrading & Biochar Utilization,
Bio-Fuels & Bio-Products,
Biomass Hydrothermal Pretreatment,
Biomass Clean Fractionation,
Renewable Energy Technologies.

Center Affiliations:
Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL)

McCool, Don, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Effects of climate, topography, soil, and
crop management on runoff, soil erosion,
water quality, and sedimentation on non-irrigated crop and grazing lands, the freeze-thaw cycle and erosion.

Rasco, Barbara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Food law, food analyses, seafood quality, development of analytical methods to predict the safety and quality of food products.

Robichaud, Peter

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Sablani, Shyam

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Salazar-Gutierrez, Melba

Serves as: co-chair on graduate committee

Sankaran, Sindhuja, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sensor technologies for crop phenotype monitoring to support plant breeding, crop plant research, and precision agriculture applications, development and integration of opto-electronic, biological, and chemical sensor technologies for non-invasive, rapid, continuous monitoring of plant responses to environment, abiotic and biotic stressors, and other applications.

Stockle, Claudio, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research team develops and applies computer-based analytical tools to study and evaluate the economic and environmental effects of soil, climate, and man on the land.

Tang, Juming, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Food Engineering
Microwave and radio frequency heating and drying.
Heat and Mass Transfer in food processing.
Engineering properties of food materials.
Dehydration of fruits and vegetables.

Wang, Shaojin

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Yadama, Vikram, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Yang, Bin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research and Teaching Interests:

Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering
Green Biorefinery
Bioprocessing Engineering
Process Design
Biomass Conversion Technology

Center Affiliations:
Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL)

Zhang, Qin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research Interests :
Agricultural Machinery Automation:
Automated and autonomous agricultural machinery technologies, intelligent agricultural machinery controls.

Agriculture Automation:
On-machinery crop health sensing technologies, machinery-area network technologies, agricultural infotronics technologies.

Research Center Affiliations :
Center for Automated Agriculture,
Center for Precision Agricultural Systems (CPAS),

Research Initiatives :
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

Contact Information:

Joanna Dreger, MBA
P.O. Box 646120
LJ Smith 213
Pullman, WA 99164-6120
509-335-1578
Shyam Sablani, PhD
LJ Smith 213
1935 E. Grimes Way
Pullman, WA 99164-6120
509-335-1578