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MSU scientists earn honors

Three Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station faculty members were recently recognized for their significant contributions to their fields. Peter Ryan, Mark Woodrey and Ramon Arancibia were honored at the MAFES and Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences annual spring meeting.

Ryan, MSU associate provost and animal and dairy sciences professor, received the Outstanding Scientific Publication Award for his work as a primary author on a study published in the Journal of Animal Science. The study details a procedure Ryan and his colleagues developed to monitor disease progression in pregnant mares.

The Grantsmanship Award, which is presented to the scientist who garners the most research funding from external sources, was awarded to Arancibia. Arancibia is an assistant research professor at MSU’s Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station. He received nearly $1 million to develop tools for farmers to improve sweet potato production efficiency, quality and safety.

Woodrey received an award for the publication having the most significant impact on the state. Woodrey is a senior research associate at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve coordinator. He and his colleagues examined marsh birds in Gulf Coast estuaries.

In a separate item, Mark F. Horstemeyer, a team leader for the Bagley College of Engineering’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, recently was bestowed the rank of Fellow by ASM International, previously the American Society of Metals. This marks his second recognition from a major organization. In 2006, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers also designated him a Fellow. Other recent honors include selection as one of MSU’s William L. Giles Distinguished Professors and the 2011 International Journal of Plasticity Young Research Award.

The first person from Mississippi to receive with the ASMI honor, Horstemeyer called the honor a humbling experience.

Horstemeyer’s research includes multi-scale modeling and other predictive design technologies. He has been involved in more than $23.5 million in research program development.

A faculty member at MSU since 2002, he also has received a Ralph E. Powe Research Award, Mississippi State’s highest honor for research, and the Teeter Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering.

Horstemeyer earlier worked more than a decade as an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in California.

He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University, a master’s in engineering mechanics from Ohio State University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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