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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


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FABE GSO overnight camping at Mohican State Park

FABE Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Mission Statement

To provide an organized outlet for communication between graduate students and departmental faculty and staff. To bring together students from diverse backgrounds and research areas in an informal atmosphere. To provide camaraderie among the graduate students community housed in (or advised by a faculty member in) the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering department. To organize group outings for our members that improve their graduate school experience.


President: Ariana Spina

Ariana Spina


My name is Ariana Spina. I am a Masters student under Dr. John Fulton. My research focuses on the role that artificial intelligence (AI) could take on within the livestock industry. My hobbies include reading, swimming, and keeping my two Australian Shepherds entertained.



Vice President: Sandeep Dhakal

Sandeep Dhakal


My name is Sandeep Dhakal. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Ajay Shah. My research focuses on the application of remote sensing and machine learning techniques in agriculture. I like listening to music and playing cricket in my spare time.



Treasurer: Sushma Katari

Sushma Katari


My name is Sushma Katari. I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Sami Khanal. My research is primarily concentrated on harnessing remote sensing methodologies alongside artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to devise automated solutions for precision agriculture. I enjoy listening to music from various languages while walking in my spare time.



Faculty Meeting Representative: Cassidy Brozovich

Cassidy Brozovich



My name is Cassidy Brozovich and I am dually enrolled in Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering under Dr. Peter Ling. My research is focused on the fluid dynamics of plant water management in space. I enjoy working out, cooking/baking, and gardening in my free time.


Social Chair: Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas


My name is Alex Thomas, and I am a Masters student working with Dr. John Fulton. I am from central Alabama and have my undergraduate degree from Auburn University. My research focuses on using drones for the spreading of cover crops. I enjoy hanging out with friends and cooking in my free time.



Council of Graduate Students Delegate: Hetian Hu

Hetian HuMy name is Hetian Hu. I am a 4th year PhD candidate working with Dr. V.M. "Bala" Balasubramaniam. My major research area is food safety engineering and novel food processing (high-pressure based food processing) technologies. I am the delegate representing FABE at the Council of Graduate Students (CGS, the official student government for the 10,000+ graduate students at The Ohio State University). The major role of me as a CGS delegate is to represent the graduate students within FABE department within CGS and to advocate for them in many ways (more information about the role of CGS can be found here:

If you have any issues/questions related to your interests at the university, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I will be happy to help or loop it to the broader CGS community!