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 Expert  720765

Expert in Agricultural and Food Engineering

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
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Expert's primary areas of specialization are agricultral systems analysis, agricultural production, agricultural safety, food and agricultural processing, greenhouse, and tissue culture. Expert has broad knowledge about agriculture, agricultural production, and agricultural systems. This knowledge comes from being raised on a livestock farm and from his current operation of a grain farm. Additionally, his training while earning degrees at three agricultural universities and his role as a professor at two others have given Expert the opportunity to research many different agricultural situations. He has had extensive experience with many aspects of agricultural systems. These include tillage, pest management as a licensed fumigator and pesticide applicator, irrigation, drainage, agricultural machines, grain bins, grain dryers, and livestock housing. At Penn State University, he teaches the capstone engineering design course for agricultural engineering students, "Optimization of Agricultural Systems." This course emphasizes systems engineering, systems analysis, and computer programming.

agricultural engineering


agricultural production


agricultural system




micro irrigation

Expert has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions over the past 15 years concerning accidents involving agricultural machinery. These cases have involved a number of different agricultural machines. They have included a hay baler, flight conveyor, auger elevator, corn picker (two cases), lawn mower, silo unloader, and tractors. The accidents have included disfiguring twists, abrasions and cuts, amputation, electrocution, and mental impairment. Expert's qualifications for serving as an expert witness include his formal training in agricultural engineering, work experience with International Harvester, professorial teaching experiences, and first hand knowledge of the operation of agricultural machines from his ongoing experiences operating a grain farm.

agricultural accident


agricultural accident investigation


agricultural safety

Expert's primary area of research over the last two decades is controlled environments for plant production. This research has been done at Penn State University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Hawaii. It has included the design and construction of shadehouses and greenhouses, greenhouse heating systems, use of rejected water for heating greenhouses, greenhouse lighting, hydroponics, growth chambers, and micropropagation facilities. This work has led to dozens of publications. Expert's largest consulting job has been as the lending institutions technical representative in the construction of a $20 million, 30-acre greenhouse complex.



plant production controlled environment

Some of Expert's current research at Penn State University is aimed at plant tissue culture. His work has included the design of bioreactors and growth chambers. He has worked extensively with the Hawaiian Sugar Planter Association in the optimization of sugarcane micropropagation.

plant tissue culture

Expert teaches the Agricultural Processing and Food Processing engineering courses at Penn State University. His areas of concentration are heat transfer, heat exchangers, fluid mechanics, pumps, fans, and materials handling.

food processing

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Lancaster, Pennsylvania;  and Frederick, Maryland.

Often requested
with this expert:

Agronomy, Regulated (GMO) & Regulated Crop/ Seed...
Forensic Agronomy; Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg)
Plant Products, Tissue Culture
Bulk Materials Handling, Storage, Reclamation, and...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1974   PhD   Engineering   University of Massachusetts  
1971   MS   Agricultural Engineering   University of Hawaii  
1970   BS   Agricultural Engineering   University of Arkansas  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

2000 to 2001


U.S. Department of Agriculture


Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical)


1982 to


(Undisclosed University)


Professor of Agricultural Engineering


1990 to 1990


University of Hawaii


Visiting Professor of Agricultural Engineering (Sabbatical)


1974 to 1982


University of Illinois


Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering


Career Accomplishments:

Expert has been an active member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers(ASAE) since 1974 and has served as chairman of the Emerging Areas Division. He is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.


Expert is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Illinois.


Expert is a member of five honor societies and received the Penn State Departmental Outstanding Faculty Award in 1984.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 100 publications. The range of subjects in his publications include the use of reject warm water from power plants in heating greenhouses, the evaluation of corrugated plastic pipe drainage in heavy soils, air-to-liquid heat exchanger systems for ventilation heat recovery, engineering issues in micropropagation, and optimization of grain bin systems.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Silo filling requirements
  • Plant tissue culture expert expert for consulting on Plant Tissue Culture Media.
  • Expert in RFQ for Agriculture.
  • Expert for consulting on Sesame seed and oil production and processing.
  • Us farm expert for consulting on Fertilizer Machinery imports.
  • Plant tissue lab expert for consulting on Plant Tissue Lab.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has served as an expert witness on more than a dozen accident cases involving agricultural and related machinery.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert forensic conveyor system agricultural for consulting on agricultural manure conveyor system amputation accident.
  • Expert mechanical engineering for agriculture for consulting on litigation case.
  • Expert for consulting on Hay Production resulting from 10 acre Hay Farm.
  • Agronomist with ozone generation
  • Expert for consulting on Hay baling.
  • Expert in HVAC actuators with ASICS electronics for tarriff classification case.
  • Silo construction expert witness for consulting on grain silo/bin construction, erection and maintenance.
  • Agricultural auger expert for a case involving a grain bin accident.
  • Hydroponics industry expert on determining the market value of a patented hydroponic growing technology.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert has experience in machinery development for residence time control of food processing, aseptic processing, and chemical reactions. A prototype is available, and PSU patents are pending.


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