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About Brian L. Steward

Brian L. Steward is Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Steward teaches in the areas of dynamic systems modeling and simulation, fluid power engineering and technology, computational intelligence, and sustainable engineering. His research focuses on the areas of dynamic systems and sensing for agriculture and biosystems, precision agriculture, and field automation and mechatronics at the interface of machine and environment. He provides leadership to international programs within the ABE Department including coordination of student exchange program with Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil and study abroad trips to Brazil. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in which he been an associate editor of ASABE journals for ten years and recently chaired the ASABE Resource Editorial Board. He has a total of 205 technical publications including 40 refereed journal articles and 52 invited talks. He has received more than $6.4 million in grants and contracts as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Honorary membership in Alpha Epsilon, Agricultural Engineering Honor Society (2015)
  • ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award (2013)
  • ASABE Honorable Mention Paper Award for Transactions of the ASABE (2011)
  • ISU College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement in International Agriculture Award (2011)
  • ISU Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher Award (2010)
  • Fulbright Scholarship Grant for Research and Lecturing at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brasil (2009)
  • ISU College of Engineering Superior Engineering Teacher Award (2008)


  • ABE/CE/EE 388 Sustainable Engineering and International Development
  • ABE 403/503 Modeling and Controls for Agricultural Systems
  • TSM 337 Fluid Power Systems Technology
  • ABE/ME 413 Fluid Power Engineering


1995 - 1999 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Agricultural Engineering
1991 - 1994 MS, South Dakota State University ‐ Electrical Engineering Department
1985 - 1989 BS, South Dakota State University ‐ Electrical Engineering Department

Contact Information

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department
Iowa State University
2325 Elings Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011


Journal Articles (25)