Deepak R. Keshwani, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
212 L. W. Chase Hall
Lincoln: East Campus
(402) 472-6714
dkeshwani2@unl.edu
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Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Faculty Fellow
Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Faculty Fellow
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Research Opportunities (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Appointment
  • 75% Teaching
  • 25% Research
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Bioprocess and biosystems modeling and optimization 
  • Student success and retention
Teaching Interests
  • First-year and capstone courses
  • Processing and handling of agricultural products and biomass
Inventions/Patents

System for optimizing fed-batch hydrolysis of biomass (US 20160306916 A1, Status: Pending)

Honors and Awards
  • 2019  A.W. Farrell Young Educator Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • 2017 IANR Omtvedt Innovation Award for Teaching, University of Nebraska
  • LEAD-21 Fellow (Class 12: 2016-17)
  • 2016 Holling Family Master Teacher Award, University of Nebraska
  • 2016 College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Nebraska
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Certificates of Recognition for Contribution to Students, UNL Teaching Council and UNL Parents Association
  • 2014 Holling Family Junior Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • 2014 CASNR Week Superior Advising Award
  • 2013 Presidential Citation, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • 2012 Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2010 Research Development Fellow. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2009 Boyd-Scott Research Award. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Selected Publications
  • Keshwani, D. R., & Keshwani, J. (2019, June), Understanding Student Successes, Challenges, and Perceptions of Community Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33660 
  • Anderson, R., Keshwani, D. R., Guru, A., Yang, H., Irmak, S., Subbiah, J. 2018. An integrated modeling framework for crop and biofuel systems using DSSAT and GREET models. Environmental Modelling and Software. 108:40-50 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.07.004
  • Rice, N. C., Guru, A., Keeler, C. N., Keshwani, D. R., & Keshwani, J. (2018). Comparison of Game-based Learning and Traditional Lecture Approaches to Improve Student Engagement and Knowledge Transfer in STEM Education. Proceedings of the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30209
  • Keshwani, D. R., Anderson, R. D., Keshwani, J., Subbiah, J., Guru, A., & Rice, N. C. (2017). Educational Immersive Simulation Game Design to Enhance Understanding of Corn-Water-Ethanol-Beef System Nexus. Proceedings of the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28198
  • Tai, C., D.R. Keshwani, Voltan, D., Meyer, G. E., Kuhar, P. 2016. Fuzzy Logic Feedback Control for Fed-batch Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering. 39 (6):937-44
  •  Igathinathane, C., Tumuluru, J. S., Keshwani, D., Schmer, M., Archer, D., Liebig, M., Halvorson, Hendrickson, J., and Kronberg, S. 2016. Biomass bale stack and field outlet locations assessment for efficient infield logistics. Biomass and Bioenergy, 91: 217-226.
  • Tai, C., D.R. Keshwani, D.S. Voltan, P.S. Kuhar, and A.J. Engel. 2015. Optimal control strategy for fed-batch enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass based on epidemic modeling. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 112(7): 1097-0290
  • Tai, C., Arellano, M.G., D.R. Keshwani. 2014. Epidemic based modeling of enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass. Biotechnology Progress. 30(5): 1021-1028
  • Igathinathane, C., Archer, D., Gustafson, C., Schmer, M., Hendrickson, J., Kronberg, S., Keshwani, D., Backer, L., Hellevang, K. and Faller, T. 2014. Biomass Round Bales Infield Aggregation Logistics Scenarios. Biomass and Bioenergy. 66:12-26
  • Tai, C., D.R. Keshwani. 2014. Enzyme adsorption and cellulose conversion during hydrolysis of dilute acid pretreated corn stover. Energy and Fuels. 28: 1956–1961
  • Tai, C., D.R. Keshwani. 2014. Impact of Pretreatment with Dilute Sulfuric Acid Under Moderate Temperature on Hydrolysis of Corn Stover with Two Enzyme Systems. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 172 (5): 2628-2639
  • Zhang, S., D.R. Keshwani, Y. Xu, and M.A. Hanna. 2012. Alkali combined extrusion pretreatment of corn stover to enhance enzymatic hydrolysis. Industrial Crops and Products. 37 (1):352-357

Recent Presentations
  • Anderson, R., Keshwani, D, Guru, A., Subbiah, J. 2018. An integrated modeling framework for corn, ethanol, and beef systems using service-oriented architecture. 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting.   July 29-Aug 1, 2018, Detroit, USA
  • Mabie, D., Curtis, E., Keshwani, D. 2018. Analysis of math competencies in a general physics course for agricultural science majors to identify at risk populations. 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 29-Aug 1 2018, Detroit, MI
  • Keshwani, D., Boesen, B., Quinlan, M., Wahlquist, P. 2018. The Nebraska Hayseed Project: A transdisciplinary teaching initiative linking agriculture, performing arts, and oral history, July 29-Aug 1 2018, Detroit, MI.
  • Emanuel, E.1, Keshwani D.R. 2017. Techno-economic implications of fed-batch enzymatic hydrolysis for cellulosic ethanol production. 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 2017, Spokane, WA.
  • Anderson, R.1, Guru, A., Keshwani, D.R., Subbiah J. 2017. Developing an integrated model for the Corn-Water-Ethanol-Beef Nexus System. 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 2017, Spokane, WA
  • Keshwani, J., Keshwani, D.R., Curtis, E. 2017. Student Identification of Challenges and Success in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 2017, Spokane, WA.
  • Emanuel, E.1,Keshwani D.R. 2016. Process simulation of fed-batch enzymatic hydrolysis for cellulosic ethanol production. 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 2016, Orlando, FL
  • Mabie, D., Keshwani D.R., Curtis, E.T. 2016. Potential risks of increased online and blended course delivery in a technical applied physics course. 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 2016, Orlando, FL.
  • Barnes, B.1, Keshwani D.R., Brown-Brandl, T, Dustin D. Implementation and testing of an active RFID tracking system for monitoring and understanding finishing swine activity and space utilization Process simulation of fed-batch enzymatic hydrolysis for cellulosic ethanol production. 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting. July 2016, Orlando, FL