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Ali Demirci, Professor-in-Charge, CSL Behring Fermentation Facility
Ali Demirci is Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.  He is currently serving Professor-in-Charge of the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility at Penn State.  He has also served as the chair of Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems between 2013 and 2018.  His teaching and research focus on Microbiological Engineering, which has two directions: i) Bioprocessing processes for productions of value-added products via microbial fermentation; ii) Inactivation/control of pathogenic microorganisms in foods and environment by novel non-thermal processing methods.  He holds two U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored over 150 refereed journal articles, 30 book chapters, edited three books.  He made numerous presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.  He served on editorial boards of Journal of Food Protection and Journal of Food Biotechnology.  Also, he has been associate editor for Transactions of ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) since 2008.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Technology with a minor in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University in 1992. He began teaching at University of Gaziantep, Turkey.  Then, he worked as a Research Associate at Iowa State University until he joined The Pennsylvania State University in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and Full Professor in 2009.

  
      
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Ashik Sathish, Co-Director, CSL Behring Fermentation Facility
Ashik Sathish joined Penn State University in January of 2018 and serves as the Co-Director of the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility. Prior to his position at Penn State, Ashik completed his PhD from Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department where his research focused on production of renewable fuels and chemicals via syngas fermentation and syngas fermentation bioreactor design to improve gas-to-liquid mass transfer. During his time at Utah State University, he worked as a Fermentation Research engineer on the production and scale up of bioplastics and spider silk production via recombinant E.coli. Ashik also completed his MS degree from Utah State University in Biological Engineering and conducted research on developing methods to produce renewable biodiesel from wastewater derived microalgae. His BS from the University of Dayton is in Chemical Engineering.

  
      
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Mark Signs, Co-Director, CSL Behring Fermentation Facility
During Mark's twenty-two years working in bioprocessing at The Pennsylvania State University and Utah State University, he has interacted with academic, government and industrial researchers to develop and carry out a wide variety of technical projects. He has also been involved in the Industrial Biotechnology Training Programs at both institutions. Current work includes heading up a pilot-scale cellulosic biomass hydrolysis effort at Penn State, closing full circle on his PSU Master's Degree in plant physiology.

  
      
  Zydney-Andrew_highres_0 Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Andrew L. Zydney is the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Zydney is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Membrane Science and Past President of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).  He also serves as Director of the Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology and the Penn State site in the Membrane Science, Engineering, and Technology (MAST) Center.  Professor Zydney's research is focused on the application of membranes in bioprocessing, including the purification of monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, and gene therapy agents.  He is the most recent recipient of the Alan S. Michaels Award for the Recovery of Biological Products given by the American Chemical Society BIOT Division, and he has previously received the Gerhold Award for Excellence in Separation Science and the Excellence in Biological Engineering Publications award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  Professor Zydney has also received multiple teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Delaware and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

  
      
      
      

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