In a ceremony at Tarleton State University Wednesday morning, President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio accepted a $997,500 grant from Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp to expand a study on bioenergy recovery from animal waste and improve the sustainability of agricultural industries.

The grant was awarded to TSU’s Office of Sponsored Projects and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Texas AgriLife Director Craig Nessler was also in attendance representing his organization.                         

The grant comes via a program established by Sharp in 2013 - the Chancellor’s Research Initiative - to enable the recruitment of star researchers throughout the A&M System.

Dr. Eunsung Kan will join Tarleton’s Southwest Regional Dairy Center as a result of the award, expanding collaborative efforts by Tarleton and Texas A&M AgriLife.

“The recruitment of Dr. Kan is a great example of why the Chancellor’s Research Initiative is such an important program,” Sharp said. “He is an incredible addition to the research efforts at Tarleton and Texas A&M AgriLife, and his research will have tremendous benefits for dairy production throughout the state.”

Kan’s research focuses on technologies that recycle dairy manure and wastewater for power generation and other purposes in a way that is environmentally responsible but doesn’t increase operational costs for dairy farmers.

“Dr. Kan’s arrival brings our original vision for the Southwest Dairy Center to fruition,” Dottavio said. “We are creating a leading research center for animal waste management and bioenergy recovery that will help develop sustainable food production practices and improve quality of life for Texans and others.”

Dr. Kan previously served as assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned his doctorate in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California at Riverside and conducted post doctoral research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also serves as editor of the Open Journal of Water Pollution and Treatment.

“I am honored to join Tarleton State University and Texas A&M AgriLife in research that is sure to improve sustainability of agricultural industries and protect our vulnerable environment,” Kan said.