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Faculty granted tenure, receive promotions - 2017

We would like to extend congratulations to each of these individuals receiving promotion and/or tenure within the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR).


Igathinathane Cannayen

Igathinathane Cannayen, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure effective July 1, 2017. Cannayen performs research, provides student research guidance, and conducts teaching on biomass process engineering with a focus on systems for supplying cellulosic feedstocks to biorefineries (harvest, preprocessing, densification, storage, logistics and biomass quality) and image processing for agricultural applications. He is located at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, ND as a part of a collaborative effort between the two agencies.

Larry Cihacek
Larry Cihacek
, School of Natural Resource Sciences – Soil Science, has been promoted
to professor effective July 1, 2017.  Cihacek’s expertise is in soil fertility, carbon changes in soil,
and soil and water conservation. He teaches courses in soil fertility and fertilizers, soil chemistry,
and soil and plant analysis.


Wenhao Dai


Wenhao Dai
, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2017. Dai conducts research on woody plant physiology and biotechnology. Dai’s activities focus on utilizing genetic and plant physiological approaches to improve woody plants and trees. His research program spans both basic and applied research in genetics and plant physiology on plant improvement.  Dai teaches courses in nursery production and management and plant tissue culture and biotechnology.


Shawn DeKeyser

Edward (Shawn) DeKeyser, School of Natural Resource Sciences – Natural Resources Management (NRM), has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2017. DeKeyser is program leader in NRM with research interests in wetland ecology, wetland assessment and monitoring, invasive species ecology and management, and native prairie and wetland restoration. DeKeyser teaches courses in NRM, and works with undergraduate and graduate students on independent study programs and field experience.


Robert Hearne

Robert Hearne, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to professor effective August 16, 2017. Hearne’s research focuses on the economic analysis of natural resources and environmental policies and management systems including issues pertinent to North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. His teaching focus is on economic theory and applied natural resources and environmental economics at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

 

G. Francois Marais


G. Francois Marais
, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2017. Francois leads the hard red winter wheat breeding and genetics program which focuses on the development of new winter wheat varieties that are adapted to the northern Prairies and have improved winter-hardiness, disease resistance, yield and processing quality. He teaches a course on genetics and plant improvement.


Sheela Ramamoorthy
Sheela Ramamoorthy
, Department of Microbiological Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective August 16, 2017.  Ramamoorthy conducts research on vaccinology and microbiology. Her efforts are focused on identifying and targeting key pathogen or host related factors or mechanisms that are critical for protection in the context of the porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC). She teaches a course on virology and a graduate level course on critical thinking for the life sciences.

Todd West


Todd West
, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2017. West leads the NDSU woody plant improvement research program and is responsible for the Dale E. Herman Horticultural Research Site near Absaraka, ND. West is responsible for teaching several horticultural courses, is the horticulture undergraduate program coordinator, and co-advisor to the NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club.

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