Tarleton State University, Texas A&M AgriLife expand bioenergy research

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University’s Office of Sponsored Projects and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have received an almost $1 million grant to expand their study of bioenergy recovery from animal waste and improve the sustainability of agricultural industries.

The $997,500 grant comes from the Chancellor’s Research Initiative, a fund established by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp in 2013 to enable the recruitment of star researchers throughout the A&M System.

Dr. Eunsung Kan joins Tarleton’s Southwest Regional Dairy Center as a result of the award, strengthening and expanding collaborative efforts by Tarleton and Texas A&M AgriLife. His research focuses on technologies that recycle dairy manure and wastewater for power generation and other purposes in a way that is environmentally responsible but does not increase operational cost for the dairy farmers.

“The recruitment of Dr. Kan is a great example of why the Chancellor’s Research Initiative is such an important program,” said Chancellor Sharp. “He is an incredible addition to the research efforts at Tarleton and Texas A&M AgriLife, and his research will have tremendous benefits for dairy production in the region and throughout the state.”

Kan previously served as assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned his doctorate in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California at Riverside and conducted postdoctoral research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He serves as editor of the Open Journal of Water Pollution and Treatment.

Dr. Kan’s arrival brings our original vision for the Southwest Dairy Center to fruition,” said Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio. “We are creating a leading research center for animal waste management and bioenergy recovery that will help develop sustainable food production practices and improve quality of life for Texans and others.”

In addition to leading a team of researchers, Kan will help leverage additional federal, industrial and foundation funding to continue Tarleton and Texas A&M AgriLife’s focus on improving the use of natural resources and reducing environmental concerns associated with water and air quality.

“I am honored to join Tarleton State University and Texas A&M AgriLife in research that is sure to improve the sustainability of agricultural industries and protect our vulnerable environment,” Kan said.

The funds follow a grant awarded to Texas A&M AgriLife Research in 2014 by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to kick start technologies that use animal waste from Tarleton’s dairy center to generate heat and electrical power.

About Tarleton State University
Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 140,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $946 million in FY 2015 and helped drive the state’s economy.

About Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources and the life sciences. A member of The Texas A&M University System, AgriLife Research conducts hundreds of projects spanning many different scientific disciplines to deliver life-sustaining and industry-changing impacts to residents in Texas and throughout the world.


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