Graduate Student Directory

Palki AroraPalki Arora
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
310/311 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Jasmeet Lamba

B.S. 2015 Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, India

Research: Modeling effectiveness of best management practices to reduce phosphorus loss.

 

Elizabeth BankstonElizabeth Bankston
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Brendan Higgins

B.S. 2017 Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research:

I will be looking at the suitability of algae cultured on poultry litter anaerobic digestate for biofuel and feed production. The main objectives of this project will be to 1) characterize the crude biochemical composition of two algae species, A. protothecoides and C. sorokiniana, cultured for fuel and feed applications; 2) quantify the reduction in viable bacterial pathogens throughout the coupled anaerobic digestion-algal process, including pathogen levels in the final algal biomass; and 3) test the effect of the process variables on bacterial pathogen reductions, specifically E. coli and Salmonella.

 

Christian BrodbeckChristian Brodbeck
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
Forest Products Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)-750-9375

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Steven Taylor

B.S. 2002 Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

M.S. 2005 Civil Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research: Using sensing technologies to schedule irrigation

 

Robert BurchRobert Burch
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Mark Dougherty

B.S. 2013 Mechanical Engineering Auburn University

Research: Irrigation control on row crops

 

Phillip CrossPhillip Cross
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
310 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-5961

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.S. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Wyoming

Research: Biomass Gasification

 

Sheng DongSheng Dong
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
CASIC Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
NA

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Yi Wang

B.S. 2012 Biological Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, China

M.S. 2016 Clinical Veterinary, Shanghai Ocean University, China

M.S. 2016 Fisheries, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research:

Bioprocess Engineering and Metabolic Engineering

 

Carson EdgeCarson Edge
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Jeremiah Davis

B.S. 2015 Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research: Modeling and Simulation

 

Khalida HarunKhalida Harun
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.S. 2012 Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Research: Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in particularly with the idea of producing wax.

 

Nikhil JainNikhil Jain
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
316 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 728-5269

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B. Tech 2013 Chemical Engineering, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology MNNIT, Allahabad

Research: Production of Bio-oil from Filamentous Algae

 

Pablo Jimenez-BonillaPablo Jimenez-Bonilla
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
150 CASIC
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
No Phone

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Yi Wang

B.S. 2011 National University (UNA), Heredia, Costa Rica

Research: Metabolic engineering and fermentation of clostridial strains for production of biochemicals

 

Ritesh KarkiRitesh Karki
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
311 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Puneet Srivastava

B.S. 2013, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University

Research: Hydrology

 

Hemendra KumarHemendra Kumar
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Puneet Srivastava

B.S. 2014 Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, India

M.S. 2016 Hydrology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India and University of Stuttgart, Germany

Research: Hydrology, Water Resource

 

Sanjeev K CSanjeev K C
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
310/311 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.S. 2015 Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University

Research: Fast pyrolysis of Biomass

 

Geoffrey LeinGeoffrey Lein
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
310/311 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)-844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Jeremiah Davis

B.S. 2016 Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research: My research area is in site design and erosion control methods for broiler houses, a continuation of my senior design project.

 

Thomas LoxleyThomas Loxley
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
310/311 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Oladiran Fasina

B.S. 2014 Biosystems Engineering from University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Research: Biomass combustible dust ignition properties and its correlations with near infrared spectroscopy.

 

Yichao MaYichao Ma
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
309 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
334-844-7156

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Yifen Wang

B.S. 2014 Food Science and Technology, Shanghai Ocean University

Research:

Biodegradable film from biobased raw materials

 

Kritika MalhotraKritika Malhotra
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
311/313 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Jasmeet Lamba

B.S. 2015 Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, India

Research: Identify in-stream sediment sources using sediment fingerprinting.

 

Vivek PatilVivek Patil
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
309 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)-844-7156

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.S. 2013 Chemical engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Research: Hydrothermal liquefaction of lignin for bio oil production.

 

Gabriel Proano PenaGabriel Proano Pena
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
CASIC Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)844-1237

Email

Major Professor: Dr. David Blersch and Dr. Andres Carrano

B.S. 2007 Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador

M.S. 2013 Teaching Physics, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador

M.S. 2017 Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research:

Fuzzy logic based control of bioreactors for benthic algae cultivation

Design of 3D printed substrata for algal cultivation

 

Haixin PengHaixin Peng
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
CASIC Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
334-844-xxxx

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Brian Via

M.S. 2016 Processing and Storage Engineering of Agricultural Products, China Agricultural University

Research:

Quality control and determination of agriculture and forest products.

 

Sarah RichardSarah Richard
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Puneet Srivastava

B.S. 2014 Biosystems Engineering-Ecological Engineering Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research: Ecological Engineering: Treatment of aquaculture wastewater using algae turf scrubber systems

 

Mary Catherine RubischMary Catherine Rubisch
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
301 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334) 844-3551

Email

Major Professor: Dr. David Blersch

B.S. 2015 Biosystems Engineering Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research:

Research will be conducted under Dr. Feng of the Agronomy and Soils department. The objectives of our research will include: 

  1. Quantifying the total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in biochars produced from different feedstocks at different temperatures.
  2. Determining whether PAHs in biochars are bioavailable.
  3. Determining the uptake of PAHs by food crops in biochar-amended soils. 

 

Narendra SadhwaniNarendra Sadhwani
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
311/313 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
334-844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.S. 2010 Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

Research: Treatment of fish waste through constructed wetlands.

 

Sourov SajibSourov Sajib
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
311 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
334-844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.E. 2014 Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Research:

I work on Gasification of biomass using Carbon dioxide with emphasis on chemistry, kinetics and modeling of the process.

 

Rajdeep ShakyaRajdeep Shakya
Graduate Rearch Assistant

Office:
309 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)-844-7156

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Sushil Adhikari

B.E. 2010 Agricultural Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

M.S. 2014 Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Research:

Characterization and the application of bio-char produced from gasification and pyrolysis process.

 

Anshu ShresthaAnshu Shrestha
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
310 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)844-5961

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Oldiran Fasina

B.S. 2006 Microbiology, College of Science and Mathematics, Auburn University

M.S. 2009, Agronomy and Soils Department, Auburn University

Research: Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae for Hydrocarbon Production.

 

Laljeet Singh SanghaLaljeet Singh Sangha
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
311/313 Tom E. Corley Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)844-1342

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Jasmeet Lamba

B.S. 2017, Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, India

Research: Quantify the effect of water smart irrigation practices on phosphorus and nitrogen leaching.

 

Pixiang "Peter"  WangPixiang "Peter" Wang
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
106 Forest Products Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
(334)-844-4221

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Yi Wang

Research: Biomass feedstocks storage and emission.

 

Shangjun WangShangjun Wang
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
CASIC Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
334-844-xxxx

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Yifen Wang

B.S. 2013 Biological Engineering, Nanyang Institute of Technology

Research: Study on the Distribution of Nicotine in Two-Phase Composed of Water and Organic Solvent

 

Pengfei YanPengfei Yan
Graduate Research Assistant

Office:
CASIC
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone:
334-844-xxxx

Email

Major Professor: Dr. Yi Wang

B.S. 2013 Water Supply and Drainage, Hefei University of Technology, China

M.S. 2016 Municipal Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, China

Research:

Bioprocess Engineering and Metabolic Engineering