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Sue Nokes, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor

Contact

(859) 218-4328
110 C.E. Barnhart Building

Website

Appointments

Department Chair, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky. July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2017.

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky. August, 2007-July 1, 2011.

Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, July, 2007 – present.

Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, July 2001-June, 2007

Assistant Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, July, 1995-June 2001.

Research Scientist, Department of Agricultural Engineering, The Ohio State University, July, 1990 - June, 1995.

Graduate Research Assistant, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, North Carolina State University. August, 1986 - May, 1990

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Agricultural Engineering Department, The Ohio State University. August, 1985 - June, 1986.

Mechanical Engineer, Directorate of Engineering and Housing, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana. July, 1984 - July, 1985.

Product Engineer, Ford Motor Company, Climate Control Division, Dearborn, Michigan. September, 1983 - June, 1984

University Fellow, Department of Agricultural Engineering, The Ohio State University. September 1982-1983.


Education

Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Completion Date: May, 1990

M.Sc., Agricultural Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Completed December, 1983.

B.Sc., Agricultural Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Completed June, 1982.


My lab works on converting bioresources into industrial chemicals (cellulases) and fuels (ethanol and butanol). My research group looks at enzymatic conversion and fermentation of plant biomass, including the mathematical modeling of kinetics and microbial metabolism.

Research Interests:

Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems

Microbial Metabolic Engineering

Microbial Metabolic Modeling

Solid-State Fermentation

Industrial Fermentation