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Supun Sandaru Fernando Defends M.S. Thesis

Supun Fernando defended his Cereal Science M.S. thesis, Effects of Pretreatments on Separating the Seed Coat from the Cotyledon of Black Bean, on March 24, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Supun Sandaru Fernando Defends M.S. Thesis

Supun Sandaru Fernando (left) with adviser Dr. Frank Manthey

May 17, 2017

Supun Fernando defended his Cereal Science M.S. thesis, Effects of Pretreatments on Separating the Seed Coat from the Cotyledon of Black Bean, on March 24, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

To conduct his research, Fernando separated seed coats from black beans using various pretreatments. He then assessed the physical, chemical and functional properties of the black bean samples after pretreatment and after milling.

Before starting his M.S. degree, Fernando worked as a lecturer at Aquinas University, as a quality assurance executive at John Keels Holdings, and interned at Fenterra in Sri Lanka. He also was a teaching assistant at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He plans to continue his work at North Dakota State University and complete a Ph.D. in Cereal Science with his adviser Dr. Frank Manthey.

Fernando is a member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) and the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society. He earned the Dakota Specialty Milling Scholarship and a student travel award from AACCI in 2016.

He cites the top-ranked agriculture and cereal science curriculum and the helpful faculty for his success at NDSU.

Fernando’s graduate committee included Manthey, Dr. Clifford Hall and Dr. Halis Simsek.

Source: Supun Sandaru Fernando
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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