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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

International Collaborators

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

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

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

Graduate Students

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

Julia Cunniffe
PhD Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University

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

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

Education:
BS Biosystems Engineering, 2021
Auburn University

Lillian Lower
PhD Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
North Carolina State University

Education:
MS Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2023
North Carolina State University

BS Civil Engineering, 2020
Gonzaga University

June Khongpatimakorn
MS Student and Graduate Research Assistant
Biological and Agricultural Engineering

North Carolina State University

Education:
BS Biological Engineering
, 2022
North Carolina State University

Undergraduate Students

Perry Berlin
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2023 GCSP Summer REU Awardee
NAE Grand Challenges Scholar
3rd Year Student, Biological Engineering
North Carolina State University

 

Chloe Lum
Undergraduate Research Assistant
4th Year Student, Biological Engineering
North Carolina State University

 

Lab Alumni

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Current position: New Product Launch Engineer, BASF

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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
BS Chemical Engineering, 2012
Tianjin University
BS Chemistry, 2012
Nankai University

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


Education:
MS Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 2022
North Carolina State University

BS Mechanical Engineering, 2020
North Carolina State University

Current position: Nuclear Engineer I, Duke Energy

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Luke Szoch
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2021 REEP Scholar

4th Year Student, Biological Engineering
North Carolina State University

 

Current position: Student

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Delani McKee
Undergraduate Research Assistant
North Carolina State University


Education:
BS Biological Engineering, 2022

North Carolina State University

Current position: Environmental Engineer, AECOM

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Julianne Mahley
Undergraduate Research Assistant
North Carolina State University

Educatio
n:
BS Chemical Engineering, 2022

North Carolina State University

Current position: Environmental Health and Safety Leadership Associate, Parker Hannifin

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Shomari Presswood
Undergraduate Research Assistant
North Carolina State University

Education:
BS Biological Engineering, 2023
North Carolina State University

Current position: Student

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Paige Seibert
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2021 OUR Summer Research Awardee
2020 Park Scholar

4th Year Student, Biological Engineering
North Carolina State University

 

Current position: Student

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