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About Matthew J. Darr

Dr. Matthew J. Darr holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Prior to accepting a faculty position at Iowa State, Dr. Darr was employed by The Ohio State University (2004–2007) as a Research Associate. During his tenure there Dr. Darr was honored as the Price Chair Outstanding Teacher in 2006 and the Outstanding Staff Service Award in 2007. Dr. Darr has an expertise and background in advanced machinery engineering, embedded data
acquisition and instrumentation, and machinery logistical analysis. Dr. Darr’s current research emphasis includes equipment development for enhanced densification and logistics for cellulosic biomass feedstock, optimized storage and material upgrading for long term biomass feedstock stability, and machinery automation
to support both biomass feedstock collection and optimal fertilizer placement. Dr. Darr has published 10 peerreviewed journal articles, 25 conference papers and proceedings, and has one patent. He has been PI or Co-PI on 17 grants or contracts totaling over $2,300,000. Dr Darr is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE, past officer of the ASABE Precision Agriculture Committee(PM-54) and member of the ASABE Automation (PM-58) and Student Design Competition (P-126)committees.

Positions

2013 Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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20082013 Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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20042007 Research Associate II, The Ohio State University ‐ Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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20022004 Research Assistant, University of Kentucky ‐ Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
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Honors and Awards

  • Price Chair Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Staff Member, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University, 2006
  • Top Paper Award, Information and Electronic Technologies Division, ASABE, 2008
  • Gale A. Holloway Professional Development Award, ASABE, 2009
  • Early Achievement in Research Award, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2011
  • Team Achievement Award: Crop Advantage Series, Iowa State University Extension, 2011
  • Early Achievement in Teaching Award, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2012
  • Newcomer of the Year, Iowa ASABE Section, 2012
  • Sustainable Biofuels Award for Feedstock Innovation, World Biofuels Markets, 2012
  • A. W. Farrall Young Educator Award, ASABE, 2013
  • Teaching Award of Merit, NACTA and Iowa State University, 2013
  • PrecisionAg Excellence Award in Education and Research, PrecisionAg Institute, 2014
  • Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award, Iowa State University College of Engineering, 2015

Education

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2007 PhD, The Ohio State University ‐ Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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2004 MS, University of Kentucky ‐ Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
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2002 BS, The Ohio State University ‐ Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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Contact Information

2356 Elings Hall
605 Bissell Road
Ag & Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

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Peer-Reviewed Articles (20)

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles (2)

Thesis and Dissertation (2)

Conference Proceedings (32)