Kansas State University



2018 RiPS Mentors

Below you will find a list of Kansas State University faculty members who volunteered to host a KS-LSAMP student in their research lab during Summer 2018. We appreciate their willingness to participate in our program! THANK YOU!!

Dr. Brian Lindshield 
Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Dr. Lindshield’s research focuses on assessment of fortified food aid products and the impact of international agricultural development interventions on nutrition and health outcomes. His areas of expertise include potential of phytochemicals, functional foods, micronutrients, and/or botanicals to inhibit prostate cancer development and/or progression.

You can read more about Dr. Lindshield here https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/fndh/people/faculty/lindshield/ 


Dr. Phillip Vardiman
Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Dr. Phillip Vardiman, the director of K-State’s athletic training program served as an athletic trainer on the medical team supporting the U.S. track and field team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. One of the areas of Dr. Vardiman’s research focuses is  advanced treatment monitoring for olympic athletes using unsupervised modeling techniques.

You can read more about Dr. Vardiman here https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/fndh/people/faculty/pvardiman/


Dr. Keith L. Hohn
Chemical Engineering

Dr. Hohn’s research focuses on the use of heterogeneous catalysis for applications related to energy.  Recently, Hohn’s research group has conducted pioneering work to develop 2,3-butanediol as a biomass-derived platform chemical to produce renewable fuels and chemicals.

You can read more about Dr. Hohn here https://www.che.ksu.edu/people/faculty/hohn/



Dr. Suprem R. Das
Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Dr. Das’ most recent research interests involve additive manufacturing of graphene, nanotubes and inorganic nanowires for sensing and energy applications such as electrochemical sensing and thermoelectric energy generation. He is interested in studying transport physics in micro/nano-manufactured devices such as transistors with low dimensional channel materials and applying them to various platforms.

You can read more about Dr. Das here https://www.imse.ksu.edu/people/faculty/das/


Dr. Dong Lin
Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Dr. Lin’s most recent research interests focus on 3D printing of multifunctional aerogels for various application, and 3D printing of carbon fiber composites. He is also interested in additive manufacturing light weight and super strong metal composites.

You can read more about Dr. Lin here https://www.imse.ksu.edu/people/faculty/lin/




Dr. Thomas Platt

Dr. Platt’s research focuses on developing and empirically testing general theory aimed at uncovering what shapes the evolution of virulence and cooperation. Much of our work focuses on pathogens that actively grow and interact both within hosts and environmental reservoirs such as soil and water systems. His areas of expertise include bacterial genetics, evolution of microbial interactions, cooperation, and virulence

You can read more about Dr. Platt here https://www.k-state.edu/biology/people/tenure/platt/


Dr. Stephanie R. Shames

Dr. Shames’ lab focuses on understanding how effectors contribute to maintenance of host cell viability and how effectors contribute to the host immune response to infection.

You can read more about Dr. Shames here https://www.k-state.edu/biology/people/tenure/shames/



Dr. William Hsu
Computer Science

The Knowledge Discovery in Databases lab group has a research emphasis in the areas of applied artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge-based software engineering (KBSE) for decision support systems. The group looks for ways to systematically decompose analytical learning problems based upon information theoretic and probabilistic criteria, so that the most appropriate machine learning methods may be applied to the resulting transformed problems. More specifically, the group is interested in machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery from large spatial and temporal databases, human-computer intelligent interaction (HCII) and high-performance computation in learning and optimization.

You can learn more about Dr. Hsu and the Knowledge Discovery in Databases lab here: http://people.cis.ksu.edu/~bhsu/