Lei Fang of Iowa State University received top honors at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference poster contest.
Fang’s poster focused on increased oil recovery during ethanol fermentation and downstream processing. The contest, known as the Gary Lamie Student Poster Competition, was sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.
“This is a premier scientific conference on corn wet and dry milling and new uses for corn, so it is appropriate that we also have a high caliber poster competition like this,” NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chairman Larry Hoffmann said during the awards presentation. “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to lend our support, encouragement and a cash stipend to young researchers who are shaping the future of this important industry.”
David Orrego and Dahewan Kim of Purdue University received second place for their poster focused on corn separation methods to improve starch recovery, reduce enzyme use and save energy during ethanol production. Z.E. Carlson of the University of Nebraska took home third place.
The yearly contest had 29 student entries for 2016 that were judged by corn industry leaders and academic experts. The entries this year went above and beyond the average research for the poster contest in past years.
A separate contest focused on mycotoxins in corn was held during the conference and the first- through third-place winners of that contest were Joseph Noonan of Mississippi State, Tabyta Sabchuck of Nebraska and Felicia Parish of Mississippi.