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Principal Investigator

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Joe Sagues, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University

Education & Academic R&D Experience:
 

  • PhD, Forest Biomaterials
    North Carolina State University
    2018 - 2020

     

  • MS, Chemical Engineering
    University of Florida 
    2015 - 2017

     

  • MS, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
    University of Florida
    2015 - 2017

     

  • BS, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
    University of Florida
    2009 - 2012

Non-Academic R&D Experience:
 

  • Research Fellow (SCGSR)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    US Department of Energy
    2020
     

  • Summer Scholar
    Green Chemistry Institute
    American Chemical Society
    2019
     

  • Technology-to-Market Scholar
    Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
    Department of Energy
    2018

     

  • Senior Bioprocess Engineer
    Stan Mayfield Biorefinery
    University of Florida & Georgia Pacific LLC
    2012 - 2015
    YouTube video of the biorefinery

Visiting Scholars

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Nicolas Clauser, PhD
Visiting Scholar & Research Associate
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University
Researcher, IMAM (Instituto de Materiales de Misiones)



Education:
PhD Applied Science, 2019
Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Argentina

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Ruochen Wu, PhD
Co-advised by Dr. Fanxing Li

Postdoctoral Researcher
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

North Carolina State University


Education:
PhD Chemical Engineering, 2017
Brigham Young University

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Yaojing Qiu, PhD
Co-advised by Dr. Jay Cheng
Postdoctoral Researcher
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University


Education:
PhD: Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University (2022)
MS: Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University (2016)
BS: Biology, Kansas State University (2012)

Graduate Students

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Trevor Vook
MS Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University


Education:
BS Mechanical Engineering, 2020
North Carolina State University

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Vanessa Rondon Berrio
PhD Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University


Education:
MS Biotechnology, 2020
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

BS Biological Engineering, 2010
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Julia Cunniffe
Co-advised by Dr. Wayne Yuan
MS Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University


Education:
BS Biological Systems Engineering, 2019
University of California, Davis

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Ethan Woods
PhD Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University


Education:
BS Biosystems Engineering, 2021
Auburn University

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Lilian Lower
Co-advised by Dr. Jay Cheng
MS Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University


Education:
BS Civil Engineering, 2021
Gonzaga University

Undergraduate Students

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Luke Szoch
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2021 REEP Scholar
2nd Year Student, Biological Engineering

North Carolina State University
 

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Paige Seibert
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2021 OUR Summer Research Awardee
2020 Park Scholar
2nd Year Student, Biological Engineering

North Carolina State University
 

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Delani McKee
Undergraduate Research Assistant
4th Year Student, Biological Engineering

North Carolina State University
 

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June Khongpatimakorn
Undergraduate Research Assistant
4th Year Student, Biological Engineering
Biomanufacturing Minor (BTEC)

North Carolina State University

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Julianne Mahley
Undergraduate Research Assistant
4th Year Student, Chemical Engineering

North Carolina State University

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Shomari Presswood
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2nd Year Student, Biological Engineering

North Carolina State University