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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 is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in which he been an associate editor of ASABE journals for over ten years and currently chairs the ASABE Textbook and Monograph Committee.  He has over 230 technical publications and presentations including 47 refereed journal articles and 55 invited talks.  He has received more than $6.7 million in grants and contracts as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator. Dr. Steward 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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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist, International Fluid Power Society
2013 - Present Member, International Fluid Power Society
2008 - Present Professional Engineer, Iowa
1995 - Present Member, American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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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)