Dr. Dennis P. Wiesenborn


Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
NDSU Dept. 7620
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Dr. Dennis P. Wiesenborn

Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1989

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M, 1980

Research Interests

Research Expertise Areas

Refining, fractionation and conversion of fats and oils from plants, especially for bio-based polymers and fuel

Effect of ozone and other fumigants on grain handling and storage equipment

Process modeling for biofuels and renewable products

Development of prototype processes for new uses of crops produced on the Northern Plains

Publications and Presentations

The following list of research is from an older list

Professional Experience


  • Southern Regional USDA-CSREES Project S-1041, "The Science and Engineering for a Biobased Industry and Economy," since 2005, Vice-chair in 2008, Chair-elect for 2009 http://nimss.umd.edu/homepages/home.cfm?trackID=9057
  • American Oil Chemists' Society, Associate Editor of Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society2002-2007, Publications Steering Committee 2003-2005
  • Red River Valley Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and active participant in the North Central Section of ASABE/CSBE


  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to University College Cork, Ireland, 1997-98
  • NDSU University Senate, 1996-97, 1999-2001
  • NDSU College of Engineering & Architecture Outstanding Researcher Award, 1995
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1985-88

Dissertation/Thesis Advisor (Degrees completed since 2003)

  • Bhavnita Dhillon, ABEN Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Development and Evaluation of Systems for Disinfection of Durum Wheat using Ozone Gas, Ozonated Water and Acetic Acid. 2010
  • Judith Espinoza-Perez, ABEN Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Production, Characterization, and Raw Material Cost Analysis of a Canola Oil-Epoxy Resin Applied to Composites. 2010
  • Hongjian Lin, ABEN M.S., Thesis Title: High-throughput Methods for Evaluation of New Canola Varieties for Biodiesel. 2010
  • Wilhelmi, Andrew. ABEN M.S. Thesis Title: Field Peas to Supplement Corn Ethanol: Engineering Process Models, Capital Investment, and Annual Operating Costs. 2008
  • Tapasvi, Dhruv. ABEN M.S. Thesis Title: Evaluating the Economic Feasibility of Canola Biodiesel Production in North Dakota. 2006
  • Zheng, Yunling. ENGR Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Screw Pressing of Whole and Dehulled Flaxseed for Organic Oil Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. December, 2003
  • Bon, Thomas. ENGR Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Development of a Mechanical Broccoli Harvester, Analysis and Optimization of Selected Subsystems. May, 2003.

Courses Taught

  • ABEN 263 - Biological Materials Processing
  • ABEN 458/658 - Food Process Engineering
  • ABEN 790 - Graduate Seminar