American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering recognizes MSU scientists with publication awards

Publications from two teams of Mississippi State University scientists have been recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE) with the society’s annual superior paper awards.

These highly competitive awards recognize the “best of the best” publications in agricultural and biological engineering research. Every year, hundreds of papers appear in ASABE’s three peer-reviewed journals, which publish high quality technical information. Out of the 235 manuscripts published in 2022, 13 were selected for superior paper awards.

Daniel Chesser

Daniel Chesser

Daniel Chesser, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and scientist in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, was recognized for the study he and his team published last year, “Design and Development of a Broiler Mortality Removal Robot,” in Applied Engineering in Agriculture. The study, led by Chesser and including researchers from MSU and other universities, outlines the development and successful testing of an AI-operated robotic broiler mortality removal system for use in commercial housing.

Chesser got his start in the ABE department as an undergraduate student worker in 1995. While working for the department in various research and instructor roles over the years, he received his masters and doctoral degrees, taking on his current role in 2018. He has been a member of ASABE since 2009, first joining as a student, and has authored six articles appearing in the society’s journals.

“Having deep roots in both the university and the community, I am incredibly honored to receive the ASABE Superior Paper Award,” he said. “This award owes much of its recognition to my long-standing partnership with the USDA-ARS Poultry Research Unit, the contributions of my co-authors, and the tireless dedication of my former Ph.D. student, Guoming Li.”

Jason Street

Jason Street

Jason Street, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and scientist in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and his research team received an award for their publication, “Wood Pellet Production with the Inclusion of Rice Hull Derived Bio-oil,” also published in Applied Engineering in Agriculture.

Street, a specialist in renewable and alternative energy, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from MSU. His research focuses on producing bio-oil from agricultural waste, which is used as an additive to southern pine wood pellets—an energy source used in home heating stoves and in some large-scale electricity plants. Street has been a member of ASABE since 2009 and has published seven articles in the society’s journals since that time.

“It is a great honor for our research group to know that our work ranks in the top five percent of research articles published in ASABE journals from the past year,” he said.

Founded in 1907, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific society that supports the advancement of engineering in agricultural, food and biological systems. Its members, who come from over 100 countries, are engineers, academics, students and all who are interested in these topics. To learn more about ASABE, visit

To learn more about the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering, visit To learn about the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in the College of Forest Resources, visit

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