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About Thomas J. Brumm

Dr. Brumm's is Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) at Iowa State. CSRL programs have improved the livelihoods of thousands of rural Ugandans through direct intervention or through education and training, addressing the issues of malnutrition, health and poverty. He is one of the faculty leaders of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences service learning program, where ISU and Makerere University students contribute to development projects at primary schools in the Kamuli district of Uganda through teaching, school garden work, and team projects. Dr. Brumm's research goals include:

1. Understanding and implementing improvements in post-harvest systems in developing countries to help ensure food security.
2. Examining biorefinery systems, identifying and eliminating inefficiencies, especially for biomass storage.
3. Understanding and assessing how teaching pedagogies affect student learning.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Present Director of Assessment, College of Engineering, Iowa State University
Present Professor-in-Charge, Engineering-LAS Online Learning, Iowa State University

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Honors and Awards

  • Iowa FFA Distinguished Service Award (2011)
  • Iowa State University Coleman Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellow, The Coleman Foundation, Chicago, IL. (2010–2011)
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Learning Community Coordination Award (2010)
  • Outstanding Learning Community Scholarship Award, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University (2007)
  • Nominated as VEISHEA Faculty of the Year for the College of Agriculture (2007)

Contact Information

4335 Elings
605 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-5145
Fax: 515-294-6184


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