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Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
College of Agricultural Sciences
Email: 
tlr20@psu.edu
Phone number(s): 
(814) 865-3722
Office Address: 
225 Agricultural Engineering Building
PSIEE Research Theme: 
Future Energy Supply
Research Summary: 

Applies fundamental engineering science to microbial ecosystems, developing innovative strategies for a more sustainable agriculture and the emerging bio-based economy. Particular emphasis is on microbial processes that occur in three-phase porous media. These porous media systems are referred to variously as solid-state fermentation in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food processing industries; composting in the manure management and solid waste realms; ensilage on dairy and beef cattle farms; and soils in agroecosystems.