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baengr@uidaho.edu

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Biological & Agricultural Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0904
Moscow, ID 83844-0904

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College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1776 Science Center Dr., Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
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Brian He

B. Brian He, Ph.D., P.E.


Office: James Martin Laboratory (JML) Room 81A
Phone: (208) 885-7435
Email: bhe@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2060
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2060

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2001


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Bioprocessing of biobased resources for renewable energy and value-added products
    • Biodiesel production technologies
    • Biomass conversion technologies
  • Biography
    Brian is a chemical engineer by training and has had more than 7 years of industrial experience. He is a licensed PE of Chemical Engineering in Idaho. Brian’s expertise is in the areas of bioprocessing of biobased resources for renewable energy and value-added products. He teaches in the areas of bioprocess engineering, engineering analysis and design,  agricultural process engineering, biofuels and biomass thermochemical conversion technologies at the University of Idaho.

    As a PI / co-PI, he has conducted multiple research projects totaling more than $3 million in funding in the past 12 years. Brian has published peer-reviewed research papers in the areas of biodiesel production and utilization, biomass conversion for renewable energy, and biofuels.

    He has been actively involved in the USDA sponsored Biodiesel Education Program during the past 10 years and has presented at conferences, technical and business meetings, and workshops on biodiesel production and utilization to various audiences. Brian has served as a proposal review panelist for multiple federal and state grant programs in the area of biomass conversion and renewable energy. He is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals and grant programs including USDA CSREES/SBIR, DOE SBIR, etc.

    Visit Dr. He's personal Web site for a complete listing of Publications and Accomplishments
  • Selected Publications

    (past 5 years)

    • Maglinao, R, and B. He. 2012. Verification of propylene glycol preparation from glycerol via acetol pathway by in situ hydrogenolysis. Biofuels 3 (6):675-682.
    • He, B., and J. H. Van Gerpen. 2012. Application of ultrasonication in transesterification processes for biodiesel production. Biofuels  3(4): 479-488.
    • He, B., and J. H. van Gerpen. 2012. Analyzing biodiesel for contaminants and moisture retention. Biofuels  3(3): 351-360.
    • Maglinao, R, and B. He. 2011. Catalytic thermochemical conversion of glycerol to simple and polyhydric alcohols using Raney nickel catalyst. Ind. & Eng. Chem. Research  50 (10): 6028–6033.
    • Hansen, A., B. He, and N. Engeseth. 2011. Food versus fuel characteristics of vegetable oils and animal fats. Trans. ASABE  54(4): 1407-1414.
    • Zhang T., Y. Chao, N. Liu, J. Thompson, M. Garcia1-Preze, B. He, J. Van Gerpen, and S. Chen. 2011. Case study of biodiesel-diesel blends as a fuel in marine environment. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science (1):65-71.
    • He, B., J. H. Van Gerpen, and J. C. Thompson. 2009. Sulfur content in selected oils and fats and their corresponding methyl esters. Applied Eng. Agri. 25(2): 223-226.
    • Zawadzki, A., D. S. Shrestha, and B. He. 2007. Biodiesel blend level detection using ultraviolet absorption Spectra. Trans. ASABE  50(4): 1349–1353.
    • He, B., J. Thompson, D. Routt, and J. Van Gerpen. 2007. Moisture absorption in biodiesel and its petro-diesel blends. Applied Eng. Agri. 23(1): 71–76.
    • He, B., A. Singh, and J. Thompson. 2007. Function and performance of a pre-reactor to reactive distillation column for biodiesel production.  Trans. ASABE   50(1): 123–128.
    • Thompson, J., and B. He. 2007. Biodiesel production using static mixers.  Trans. ASABE  50(1): 161–165. 
    • Xing, H., P. Singh, G. Helms, and B. He. 2007. NMR imaging of continuous and intermittent drying of pasta. J. Food Eng. 78(1): 61–68.
    • Williams, B.C., B. He, D.F. Elger, and B.E. Schumacher. 2007. Peer evaluation as a motivator for improved team performance in Bio/Ag engineering design classes. International Journal of Engineering Education 23(4): 698–704




     

  • Research Projects
    • Biobased Energy Educational Material Exchange System (BEEMS). $59,800. 10/09 – 09/12. USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants. Brian He (PI). Collaborated with Ohio State University and other 3 universities. The total project award was $459,867.
    • Application of Metal Catalysts for High Selectivity of Glycerol Conversion to Alcohols. $50,000 (KLK 758). 08/09 – 12/10. National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology. Brian He (PI).
    • National biodiesel education program (Phase 2). $1,000,000. USDA Biodiesel Fuel Education Program. 10/08 –09/13. Jon Van Gerpen, Brian He (co-PI), Doug Haines, Dev Shrestha.
    • Thermal processing of low-grade glycerol to alcohols for biodiesel production $141,171 ($78,092 for Year 1, KLK 750; $63,079 for Year 2, KLK 754). 08/07 – 12/09. National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology. Brian He (PI).
    • Washington State Ferries Biodiesel Utilization Project. $68,171. US DOE through Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. 01/07 – 01/09. Brian He (PI), Jon Van Gerpen. Collaborated with Washington State University. The total project award was $299,950.
    • Biodiesel Quality Affected by Sulfur Content Originated from Different Feedstocks and A Database for the Same. $59,327 (KLK 432). National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology. 08/06 – 12/07. Brian He (PI), Jon Van Gerpen.
    • A virtual education center for biorenewable resources: building capacity and humanizing distance education. $122,500. USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants. 10/06 –09/09. Jon Van Gerpen, Brian He (co-PI). Collaborated with Iowa State University (the lead institution) and University of Kentucky. The total project award was $489,929.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Most influential faculty member, Alumni Associate, University of Idaho.
    • Superior Paper Award. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). 2007. First & corresponding author.
    • Faculty Excellence Award. Naval ROTC at UI/WSU. 2007.
    • Nominee, R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching award. College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho. 2006.
    • Teacher of the Year. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UI. 2006.
    • Nominee, R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching award. College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho. 2004.
    • Teacher of the Year. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UI. 2004.
    • Superior Paper Award. American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE). 2001. First & corresponding author.
    • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture. Inducted in 1998.
    • Alpha Epsilon, Agricultural Engineering Honor Society. Inducted in 1997.

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