Two FABE graduate students were recognized at the recent Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops Annual Conference. David Ramirez and Tony Ren were both recognized alongside their advisor, Dr. Katrina Cornish, who received the A. E. Thompson Career Achievement Award.
David Ramirez was recognized as the AAIC Student of the Year. This award is given to a student who has performed outstanding research in the field of industrial crops and/or products. David is a Ph.D. student whose research focuses on the design, development, optimization, model and simulating of a new integrated biorefinery for the processing of Taraxacum kok-sahgyz (TK) roots. His areas of research are bio-based products, biomaterials, bioprocessing, LCA, process modeling and simulation. David holds a B.S. degree in Bioengineering from Universidad de Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia) and a M.Sc. degree in Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Tony Ren won for the Best Oral Presentation in the Rubber and Resins Division at AAIC. Xianjie Ren (Tony) is a PhD student in Dr. Cornish’s lab. His research project focuses on the sustainable natural rubber composites with low energy consumption and high performance. The reinforcement of bio-fillers on guayule natural rubber composites is his current project.