Leadership Team

Executive Committee:

Guigen Zhang

President:
Guigen Zhang
Clemson University

 

Prem Parajuli

Secretary:
Prem Parajuli
Mississippi State University
Bio

President-Elect:
David Jones
University of Nebraska

 

Mark Haidekker

Treasurer:
Mark Haidekker
University of Georgia 

Ben J. Stuart

Immediate Past President:
Ben J. Stuart
Ohio Dominion University

 

   

 

Councilors at Large

Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt
University of Missouri

Hans-Joachim Wieden

Hans-Joachim Wieden
University of Lethbridge

Asif Rahman

Asif Rahman
Utah State University
Bio

Elizabeth VargisUtah State University

Elizabeth Vargis

Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor
Utah State University

Min Lee

Min Lee
UCLA

 

Praveen Kolar

Praveen Kolar
North Carolina State University

Charles Miller

Charles Miller
Utah State University
 

 

Ryan Summers

Ryan Summers
University of Alabama

 

Graduate Councilor:

Anna Doloman

Anna Doloman
Utah State University
Bio

 

 

Undergraduate Councilor:

Andrew Walters

Andrew Walters
Utah State University



Biographies:

Anna Doloman
Anna Doloman received her BS degree in Biotechnology at National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. After that she received a Fulbright Graduate Student award to pursue MS degree in Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma. Currently she is working towards her PhD degree in Biological Engineering at Utah State University. Her research work is in the area of anaerobic digestion, specifically aimed at utilizing the knowledge of anaerobic microbiology to increase the efficiency of digestion. Anna was elected to serve IBE as a Graduate Council representative in 2016.


Prem Parajuli
Dr. Prem B. Parajuli is an Associate Professor of environmental engineering and watershed modeling in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Mississippi State University. His research emphasis is in the use of GIS based watershed and field scales computer modeling tools to improve the quality of land, water, and environment which are essential to improve the human health and ecological systems. His current research areas include: water quality and watershed modeling (sediment, nutrient, bacteria); agricultural management, cropping systems, bio-energy crops and economic modeling of bio-gasification system; land use and climate change impact on water resources; and pathogen transport. He has authored about 50 peer reviewed journal articles and over 65 conference papers and technical presentations. Dr. Parajuli teaches Bio-system Simulation, GPS and GIS in Agriculture and Engineering, Engineering Technology in Agriculture, and Special topics in environmental and watershed modeling.

Dr. Parajuli received his PhD degree in Biological and Agricultural engineering from Kansas State University. He also worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Kansas State University. He worked in watershed modeling and monitoring research project in the Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University, where he received his MS degree. Before pursuing graduate study in the U.S., he worked as a District Development Advisor with the United Nations Development Programs in Nepal for 3 years.

Dr. Parajuli has been a member of the Institute of Biological Engineers (IBE) since 2011. He has served as the Secretary for two years (2015-2017), Councilor at large for two years (2013-2015), ecological engineering community chair for one term (2012-2013), poster session chair in 2011, water quality analysis and modeling session chair in 2011, environmental engineering session chair in 2012, and ecological and environmental modeling session co-chair in 2013 for the IBE. He believes that the IBE is well-represented in the areas of biological and ecological engineering where there is an opportunity to grow. He contributed to improve and strengthen institutional and programmatic capacity of the IBE.


Asif Rahman
Asif Rahman is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Bioengineering Branch at NASA Ames Research center. He received his Bachelors in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland. Asif later completed his PhD from Utah State University in Biological Engineering. His current areas of research include: synthetic biological engineering, space biology, biochemical engineering, biomaterials, and environmental engineering.

Asif has been affiliated with IBE since 2010 and was elected to serve as a graduate councilor in 2013 and 2014. Currently Asif is a councilor-at-large for IBE and was a poster competition judge at the 2015 annual IBE meeting. He was chair of the IBE Western Regional Conference from 2010-2012 helping promote IBE in the western region of the United States. Asif has also represented IBE at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2014, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers meeting 2014, and the Korean Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering in 2015.


Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Jeong-Yeol Yoon received his B.S./M.S./Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering at Yonsei University and his second Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UCLA. He joined Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering faculty at the University of Arizona in 2004 and holds joint appointments in School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering and BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona. Dr. Yoon has been active in Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE): he has received three presidential citations, worked as councilor-at-large, served as program chair/co-chair for its annual conferences. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Biological Engineering (the official journal of IBE) and Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member for many other journals. Dr. Yoon has recently elected as President for IBE and will serve as President-Elect for 2014, President for 2015 and Immediate Past President for 2016.


Jixun Zhan
Dr. Jixun Zhan is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University. He received a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from East China University of Science and Technology and conducted postdoctoral training at the University of Arizona and the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is focused on metabolic engineering and natural product biosynthesis. So far he has published three book chapters and 81 peer-reviewed papers in respected journals such as PNAS and Metaboilc Engineering. Dr. Zhan has been a member of IBE since 2009. He has been actively serving IBE as session chair, poster judge, and Councilor-At-Large. Additionally, he is also a member of the editorial board of Journal of Biological Engineering. He enjoyed working with IBE and will continue to promote the development and growth of IBE.