Biosystems engineering professor among world’s most influential minds

Sushil Adhikari

Biosystems engineering associate professor Sushil Adhikari

AUBURN, Ala.— Sushil Adhikari, an associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and an Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) researcher, has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential minds.

In a report titled The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014, Thomson Reuters presents the authors of the most highly cited research works of the past decade. To be listed, a researcher’s works must be among the top one percent most cited in his or her area of scientific research during the year of publication. The list contains around 3,000 researchers. Adhikari, the only Auburn University researcher listed and one of only six listed who are conducting research in Alabama, is named in the engineering category.

Part of the Auburn faculty since 2008, Adhikari’s research is part of the AAES Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts and focuses on bioenergy and biofuels. Specifically, Adhikari studies biomass gasification and pyrolysis, biomass treatment for thermochemical processes and hydrogen production from biological materials. In addition to numerous other awards, in 2013, he received the New Holland Young Researcher Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

“The significance of Sushil’s research is illustrated by his listing among the world’s most influential scientists,” said College of Agriculture Dean and AAES Director Bill Batchelor. “We are pleased by this confirmation that the valuable work he is doing through Auburn University and the Experiment Station is helping inform and shape this field of science worldwide.”

Batchelor noted that Adhikari’s work supports the college’s mission of making scientific discoveries and innovations and developing technologies related to food, energy, the environment and human health and well-being.

Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s largest and most highly respected news agencies, compiled the report using data from the world’s leading web-based research analytics platform, InCites Essential Science Indicators, a subset of the company’s Web of Science. The entire report can be viewed online at


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