ABE 3 Minute Thesis + Videos 2017

If you attended ABE’s Three Minute Thesis and Video Contest (3MT+V) last Thursday evening (Oct. 25, 2017), you know what a great job everyone did!

Congratulations to the following 3MT winners and participants:

  • Kirsten Paff
  • Ixchel Hernandez
  • Marcelo Calle
  • Victoria Morgan
  • Thiago Onofre- 1st place- $75
  • Kira Hansen- runner-up- $50

Congratulations to the following video (2V) winners and participants:

  • Hao Gan- People’s Choice Award- $75
  • Thiago Onofre
  • Nick Cavallaro
  • Marco Pazmino

 

 

 THANK YOU to the Graduate Professional Development Committee and Chair Thiago Onofre, our judges Amy Buhler and Stephanie Webster, Dr. Haman and the ABE Department for support and cash prizes, Daniel Preston for technical support, and most of all to the students for stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging themselves to present their research in 3 minutes or less!

 Stay tuned for more success as three of our grads move on to compete at the University 3MT with the first heat beginning tomorrow and the finals on November 9th at 2 pm. http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/events/3mt/

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Next Leaders Reunion Program- CIGR

UF ABE professors Won-Suk “Daniel” Lee and John K. Schueller were of the academic faculty selected to participate in the “Next Leaders” reunion program of Section III (Plant Production) of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.   The fourteen participants also included Prof. Daniel Marchal de Queiroz of Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil) and Prof. Michihisa Iida of Kyoto University (Japan) who had spent year-long sabbaticals in UF ABE.   The group visited agricultural equipment manufacturers in Iowa and Illinois, various fruit orchards in Washington state, and participated in special events at the Annual International Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Spokane.

The attached photos are of their visits to John Deere, CNH Industrial and apple and cherry orchards in Washington State.

Two ABE Faculty Selected to ISFS Fellows Program

Congratulations to Drs. Senthold Asseng and Greg Kiker on their selection as part of 2017 inaugural class of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems’ (ISFS) Fellows Program! This fellowship provides up to $9000 towards development of a working group and a $3000 salary supplement for two years. As an ISFS Fellow, they will have a unique opportunity to build and lead a collaborative team over two years to address significant issues in sustainability of food systems and decision-making.

Congratulations Senthold and Greg!

For more information about their proposed work or about the ISFS, visit http://isfs.institute.ifas.ufl.edu/ 

Three Haitian students welcomed to graduate studies at UF ABE

By: Victoria Price

This fall, three Haitian students will begin studying their Master’s in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Floyid Nicolas, Rédjino Mompremier, and Josué St Fort will begin their graduate studies as part of the MS Graduate Program with the Feed the Future Haiti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole project (AREA). Our department welcomes 3 of the 15 AREA MS graduate students at UF in addition to another 2 enrolled at Louisiana State University.

All three incoming ABE students are eager to begin their graduate program with the ABE department’s distinguished faculty. In his graduate program, Nicolas hopes to pursue research on geographic information systems (GIS) and hydrology for his thesis under major professor, Kati White Migliaccio. Mompremier will be working under major professor Young Gu Her and plans to focus on irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture modeling to improve agricultural production and water use efficiency. Looking at food security and working under major professor Clyde Fraisse, St. Fort intends to begin researching climatology and hopes to create a digital tool through biological modeling to help track Haitian crops.

 

Haiti students
Floyid Nicolas (left), Josue St Fort ( middle) and Rédjino Mompremier (right) will start their graduate program in ABE department this fall.

During their graduate programs, the students will work with public and private sectors in Haiti to promote agricultural modernization, and provide research-based information and recommendations for farmers to improve food security. To provide guidance and support to their graduate research, each Haitian graduate student will have a research professional from Haiti on their graduate committees along with other faculty members from ABE department and within UF/IFAS.

The Feed the Future Haïti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole (AREA) is a five-year funded project made possible by the American people through USAID as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger. The AREA Project is led by the University of Florida International Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS Global) with consortium implementers Louisiana State University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Get to know the ABE SURF ’17 students!

 

SURF (summer undergraduate research fellowship) is hosted by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at UF and provides an opportunity for potential PhD students to participate in a 10 week research experience with a premier faculty adviser and a senior Ph.D. student mentor.

This summer, ABE has been hosting two undergraduate SURF students: Kendrick Hardaway (University of Arkansas) and Samantha Winther (Marquette University). Both are being mentored in ABE by our graduate students Ratna Suthar and Tori Morgan, respectively. Comments from an interview are shared below and offer some insight into the SURF students’ summer experiences.

How did you find out about the SURF program?

Samantha and Kendrick: Applied through a program called ENGINE at my home institution and UF reached out and invited me to Fall Preview when I was able to visit my departments of interest, meet potential faculty and interact with the PhD student mentors.

How did you choose your faculty mentor and what is your research project?

Samantha: Since my background is in Biomedical Engineering, my interests aligned more with Dr. McLamore’s research on biosensors. I’m working on optimizing the parameters of chitosin-based nanosensors for lysteria.

Kendrick: My honors thesis work at UArk BAE is on biosolids as a soil amendment for crops, so I am familiar with the applications of biochar as a water purifier, carbon sequesterer and soil amendment. In Dr. Gao’s lab I get to work on characterizing types of hydrochar and their pollutant adsorption capacity.

How will SURF enable your future goals?

Samantha: SURF was my first research experience and it allowed me to see that I want to stay on the research side whether it’s in academia or industry.

I definitely hope to earn a PhD; my two main areas of interest are biomedical engineering like drug therapy and public health like accessible medical technology.

The connections that I made at UF talking to current students and faculty in other departments about the graduate application process made my experience here valuable.

Kendrick: SURF allowed me to connect with other faculty at UF that would enable me to pursue future studies in sustainable systems. Talking to these researchers gave me a broader view of systems in general, like how we grow food and what happens to byproducts.

My goal is to get a PhD and go into consulting to bridge the gap between the technologies we have and the policies made for the optimal use of these technologies. Eventually I’d like to work internationally, maybe even on economic/social affairs and humanitarian efforts.

Both of you want to do a PhD, how do you think this program has educated you about the graduate student life?

Kendrick: My PhD mentor and lab mentor gave me a good idea of what graduate life was like. I was able to see their daily life first hand and they allowed me to ask questions.

Samantha: Immersion. In the lab, I sit between two grad students and I get to see their daily life – and the traveling they do for research and conferences.

Most memorable time in the Gainesville?

Kendrick: Connecting with fellow SURF students from other states, exploring Gainesville, eating ice pops from the Hyppo, and getting to explore the local salsa scene.

The weekend trips with the SURF cohort and mentors to Rainbow Springs, Lake Wauburg and Kennedy Space Center.

Samantha: I saw the ocean for the first time when our cohort took a trip to St Augustine!

Any thoughts on our ABE department at UF?

Kendrick: Overall the department is very laid back and has a very family-like atmosphere.

What would you say to other students thinking about SURF?

Samantha: Just do it! It’s 10 weeks. It’s a great experience that’s very valuable even if it’s not your exact area of work. Take the opportunity to experience a different university than your undergrad.

Kendrick: I’ve been privileged to spend summers in other countries studying abroad, and coaching basketball but SURF was one of the best summer decisions I’ve made because of the great experience and adventure. UF was already on my short list of grad schools, so when I got this offer, it made total sense to accept it.

Kendrick Hardaway’s Research Video

 

Video Recap: Annual ABE Poster Symposium

The UF ABE Poster Symposium is an annual event designed to give students the opportunity to practice their scientific communication skills. The event also provides an opportunity to highlight the many exciting and diverse research projects taking place in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

2017 Winners:
GRADUATE
1st Place –  Geraldine Klarenberg (advisor: Dr. Muñoz-Carpena)
2nd Place – 3 way tie!

Joe Sagues (advisor: Dr. Tong)
Christopher Hwang (advisor: Dr. Correll)
Eduardo Gelcer (advisor: Dr. Fraisse)
1st Year Graduate – Kathleen Vasquez (advisor: Dr. Muñoz-Carpena)

UNDERGRADUATE
1st Place – John Nemenyi and Zhonglin Lai (advisor: Dr. Tong)

Want to check out the winning posters? Visit: http://abe.ufl.edu/academics/graduate/research-posters.shtml