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January, 2014

 

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Samir K Khanal, ph.d., p.e.
Associate Professor

 

Current Students/Post-docs ___________________________________________

Devin Takara, ph.d. (Jr. Researcher)
lignocellulosic biomass
pretreatment
Saoharit Nitayavardhana, ph.d. (post-doc)
Value-added fungal
fermentation

Surendra kc (Ph.D. student)
Co-digestio
n of animal manure and
agricultural residues for enhanced
methane production

Chayanon Sawatdeenarunat (Ph.D. student)
Anaerobic digestion in horizontal reactor

Duc Nguyen (Ph.D. student)
Monitoring Anaerobic digestion in real-time

Sumeth Wongview (Ph.D. student)
Nitrogen emissions from aquaponic systems

Edward Drielak (M.S. student)
Lignocellulosic biomass
pretreatment

Shilva Shrestha (M.S. student)
Characterization of Anaerobic Digestion microbes




Newly-Appointed Faculty, Post-Doctoral Research Associates and Visiting Scholars Mentored ___________________________________________

Dr. Tian Qing, Visiting Professor, DongHua University, Shanghai, China.

 

Dr. Sang Hyoun Kim, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea .

 

Dr. Wen-Hsing Chen, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University (Current address: Assistant Professor, National Ilan University, Taiwan).

 

Mr. Hrvoje Juretic, Fulbright Scholar, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.

 

Dr. Beril Akin, Visiting Professor, Gaza University, Ankara, Turkey.

 

Ms. Melissa Montalbo, Visiting Scholar, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (Jan - Mar 2006) (Current address: Post-doc., Iowa State University).

 

Dr. David Grewell, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, ISU (mentored in biorenewable research).

 

Dr. Tarek Sabry, Fulbright Scholar, Aim Shams University, Cairo Egypt.

 
Served as a Major/Co-major Professor ___________________________________________
 

Mary Rasmussen (Ph.D.), “Fungal treatment of thin stillage from dry corn milling ethanol plant and recovery of protein as animal feed.” (Graduated in Fall 2009, Iowa State University).

Mary Rasmussen (M.S.), “Sequential saccharification of corn fiber by the brown rot fungus, Gloeophyllum trabeum, and ethanol production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” (Graduated in Summer 2006; Current address: Ph.D. candidate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA).

 

Bishnu Karki Ph.D.), “Ultrasonic application in soy processing to enhance protein yield and sugar release.” (Graduated in Spring 2009; Current address: Post-Doc., Iowa State University)

 

Melissa Montalbo (Ph.D.), “Ultrasonic pretreatment of corn to enhance ethanol yield.” (Graduated in Fall 2008; Current address: Post-Doc., Iowa State University).

 

Prachand Shrestha (Ph.D.), “Fungal conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol.” (Graduated in Fall 2008; Current address: Post-Doc., University of California at Berkeley, CA).

Prachand Shrestha (M.S.), “Saccharification of corn fiber by Phanerochaete chrysosporium in solid-state fermentation and subsequent fermentation of hydrolysate into ethanol.” (Graduated in Summer 2006; Current address: Post-Doc, University of California at Berkeley, CA).

 

Yashodhara Kambam (M.S.), “Bioenergy production from fungal treated stillage.” (Graduated in Summer 2008; Current address: Consulting engineer, Chicago, IL).

 

Nagapadma  Jasti (Ph.D.), “Attached growth fungal process for protein recovery from corn processing residues.” (Graduated in Fall 2006; Current address: self-employed, Houston, TX).

 

Yongie Miao (M.S.), “Selective disinfection for nonaseptic fungal treatment of food processing wastewater.” (Graduated in Spring 2005; Current address: Ph.D. candidate, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH).

 

Sindhuja Sankaran (M.S.), “Ozone as a selective disinfectant for nonaseptic fungal cultivation on corn-processing wastewater.” (Graduated in Spring 2006; Current address: Post-doc., University of Florida, FL, USA).

 

Bin Xie (M.S.), “Adsorptive removal of naturally occurring trace toxins from water: Case studies of arsenic (V) and estrogens.” (Graduated in Summer 2006; Current address:  Ph.D. candidate, Rice University, Houston, TX).

 
Undergraduate Mentoring ___________________________________________

Jessica Schmidt, Cornell University (May - Aug 2010)


Travis Nakagawa, university of hawaii (Jun 2009 - present)


Victoria Young, Lincoln University: AGEP (Jun – Jul 2007)


Jeremy Riener, Iowa State University (Jan – May 2007)


James Fang, Iowa State University (Jan – May 2007)


Cindy Hanson, University of Idaho: Program for Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University (May – July 2005)


High School Mentoring ___________________________________________

Lindsay Fujimoto (Aug 2008 - 2011)


Sarah Tamashiro (aug 2008 – 2011)


Elise Minkin (Aug 2009 - 2010)


 
External Advisees at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand ___________________________________________

Bunrith Seng (M.S.), “Effect of chemical-ultrasound pretreatment on bioenergy production from thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS)” (Graduated in May 2008; Current address: Ph.D. student, University of Yamanashi, Japan)


Navaratnam Navaneethan (M.S.), “Anaerobic digestion of ultrasound pretreated thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS) to enhance bioenergy production” (Graduated in May 2007) (Current address: Ph.D. student, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI)


Monruedee Moonkhum (M.S.), “Aerobic digestion of ultrasound pretreated thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS)” (Graduated in May 2007) (Current address: Ph.D. student, K-JIST, South Korea)


Saoharit Nitayavardhana (M.S.), “Ultrasound pretreatment of cassava chips to enhance bioethanol production” (Graduated in May 2007) (Current address: Ph.D. student, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, HI)

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