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Current Graduate Students

Information on our graduate students is provided here to facilitate communication between enrolled students as well as to inform and encourage prospective students. Photos may be of the student or of their research interest.

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Karin ArensKarin Arens
karens@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Undergraduate Institute: Michigan State University (Chemical Engineering)

Graduate Research Topic
My work aims to improve enzymatic production of cellulases by to optimizing the fermentation conditions and substrate utilization for a given microorganism. This study uses wood extract produced during hot-water pretreatment as substrate to stimulate the enzymes yield. An increment in enzyme production would be a step in the right direction in the efforts to reduce the enzymatic cost and could help the biobased industry become more competitive.

David BaileyDavid Bailey
dcbail02@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Scott

Shannon Baird-WolfsonForrest Baird
sbaird@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bujanovic

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I'm a student engineer who's learning to play flute.

Professional Statement
Renewable energy is a fascinating subject. An odd way to think about it: Renewable energy is taking a pathway that is similar to equal rights. Currently, it is experiencing a slow start, but it is catching ground. Solutions to our energy problems are becoming diverse - what works for Central New York may not work for New Mexico, and what works for Romania may not work for Indonesia. Just as society needs a diversity of people, renewable energy needs a diversity of generation solutions. I look forward to contributing to the field of renewable energy. I want to learn about all types of energy generation, and perhaps down the road invent or discover a new type of energy that can dissolve the residual of current energy problems.

Research Interests
Energy Systems Science & Engineering (and all it encompasses), Materials Science & Engineering, Ecology.

Favorite Quote
"I hated every minute of training, but I said 'Don't quit, suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" -Muhammad Ali

Hobbies
Music composition, trumpet performance, computer programming, digital photography, website design, physical fitness.

For More Information
Forrest's Professional Website

Richard BatesRichard Bates
rpbates@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (PSE )

Somporn ChaiarrekijSomporn Chaiarrekij
schaiarr@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ramarao

Previous Graduate Study: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSI (PAPER SCIENCE ENGINE)

Hanchi ChenHanchi Chen
hchen23@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Liu

Derek CorbettDerek Corbett
dbcorbet@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bujanovic

Links
LinkedIn

Personal Statement
I am a motivated, highly active, and enthusiastic person in all environments. I get true pleasure out of discovery and learning, and love to solve problems. I am driven to contribute to human progress towards greener and more sustainable means of meeting our growing energy and material needs. I also love music and dance.

Research Interests Include:
Lignocellulosic Chemistry; Bioprocess Engineering; Lignin Bioplastics; Biorefinery; Cellulosic Biofuels.

Dorlan CurtisDorlan Curtis
dcurtis@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Liu

Prajakta DongrePrajakta Dongre
pdongre@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Amidon

Michael GarverMichael Garver

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Previous Graduate Study: Syracuse University (Electrical Engineeri)

Vignesh GnanavelVignesh Gnanavel
vgnanave@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ramarao

Chen GongChen Gong
chgong@syr.edu

Paper Science and Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bujanovic

Robert HamiltonRobert Hamilton
rwhamilt@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Scott

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Narayana Raju JampanaNarayana Raju Jampana
nvjampan@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ramarao

Chenhui LiangChenhui Liang
cliang@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Liu

Zheng LiuZheng Liu
lzheng08@syr.edu

PBE Sustainable Engineering Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Liu

Tim McNaneyTim McNaney
tmcnaney@syr.edu

Sustainable Engineering Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Scott

Byeong Cheol MinByeong Cheol Min
bcmin@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ramarao

Undergraduate Institute: Seoul National University (Wood Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (Wood Science )

Aditi NagardeolekarAditi Nagardeolekar
anagarde@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bujanovic

Personal Statement
I have always been fascinated by green technology. I truly believe that being a part of one of the best schools in the field of environmental sciences will give me an immense opportunity to delve into the exciting, new challenges that this ever-growing field presents to the avid researchers. It will always be my dream to contribute to this field by combining my pharmaceutical and bioprocessing knowledge to develop novel bio-products using green solutions. Apart from my research, I love reading and singing and Iím an occasional dabbler in astronomy and photography.

Favorite Quote
In the final analysis, its between you and yourself; it was never between you and them anyway.

Research Interests
My research interests include (but are not limited to): Biopharmaceuticals, Bioenergy, Biocatalysis, Lignocellulosics

Daniel NicholsonDaniel Nicholson
djnichol@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Francis and Lai

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (PSE )

Genevieve NordmarkGenevieve Nordmark
ganordma@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Scott

Stephanie PerkinsStephanie Perkins
stperkin@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Liu

Mary Jennifer PuthotaMary Jennifer Puthota
mputhota@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ramarao

Qiong SongQiong Song
qisong@syr.edu

ERE Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Amidon

Graduate Research Topic
Nanocellulose

Zhijun TanZhijun Tan
zhtan@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Yang WangYang Wang
ywang52@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (PBE )

Kuo-Ting WangKuo-Ting Wang
kuwang@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Lai

Previous Graduate Study: National Taiwan University (wood science )

Yuanzhen WangYuanzhen Wang
ywang40@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Graduate Research Topic
Polyhydroalkanoates (PHAs) are biopolyesters produced by many bacteria as carbon and energy storage compound under nutrient limiting conditions. PHAs have attracted a wide research interest because of their applications in biodegradable plastics and medical uses. Recent developments show that PHA and its related technologies are forming an industrial value chain ranging from fermentation, materials, energy to medical fields. Though compared with the petroleum products, the cost of PHA production is still expensive. One solution for this problem is using inexpensive renewable carbon sources, such as plant oils, molasses, starch, whey, wood extract and other industiral wastes to make PHAs production more economical. Another solution is to find a more enviornmental friendly and more economical method to purify the PHA from cell mass.

Favorite Quote
there is a will, there is a way.

education
2000~2004,Dalian University of Technology. Bachelor 2004~2007, Chinese Academy of Science, Master 2009~present, SUNY-ESF, Ph.D

Christopher WoodChristopher Wood
cdwood@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Amidon

Graduate Research Topic
My research is focused on the development of a high yield pathway from hemicellulosic, wood derived, sugars to furfural. This is intended to further improve the economics surrounding smaller scale, wood based, hot water extraction biorefineries.

Yipeng XieYipeng Xie
yixie@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Jipeng YanJipeng Yan
jyan02@syr.edu

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Liu

Previous Graduate Study: Beijing Forestry University (Pulp and Paper Produ)

Lakshmi Rakesh YasarlaLakshmi Rakesh Yasarla
lryasarl@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ramarao

Previous Graduate Study: Acharya Nagarjuna University (Biotechnology )

Graduate Research Topic
Separation and Purification of Lignocellulosic Hydrolyzates by Polymer Flocculation and Tangential Flow Micro Filtration.

Patrick YoungPatrick Young
pmyoun01@syr.edu

Bioprocess Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Amidon

Matthew ZelieMatthew Zelie
mjzelie@syr.edu

Sustainable Engineering Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Amidon

Graduate Research Topic
Enzymatic hydrolysis of Acetone-Water (AW) washed, hot-water extracted sugar maple and willow wood chips

Favorite Quote
"Coincidence is the last refuge of the uninspired"

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