Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty & Staff

Alan C. Hansen

Professor
Leader, Off-Road Equipment Engineering Section

Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
360S AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2969
Fax: (217) 244-0323
E-mail: achansen@illinois.edu

Research Focus

Off-Road Machine Systems Engineering and Biofuels

Research Areas

  • Diesel Engine and Tractor Performance
  • Biofuels and Diesel Engine Combustion
  • Off-road Machine Performance Mapping and Evaluation
  • Biomass Feedstock Production: Harvesting and Systems Analysis
  • Engineering Precision and Conservation Agriculture

Courses Taught

  • ABE 361 - Off-Road Machine Design
  • ABE 466 - Engineering Off-Road Vehicles
  • TSM 262 - Off-Road Equipment Management
  • TSM 464 - Engine and Tractor Power
  • Study Tour to South Africa - Brochure

Education

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 1990
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 1978
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa 1975

Professional Experience

  • Honorary Professor, 2011-2016, School of Bioresources and Environmental Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Affiliate, 2009-present, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois
  • Professor, 2009-present, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor, 1999-2009, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Affiliate, 2006-2008, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Professor, 1997-1999, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Acting Head, 1995-1996, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Visiting Professor, 1993-1994, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor, 1993-1996, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Senior Lecturer, 1988-1992, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Visiting Scholar, 1987-1988, University of Illinois
  • Lecturer, 1982-1987, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Research Engineer, 1979-1982, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2015
  • Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois, 2014
  • Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2013
  • Full Member, Club of Bologna, Italy. “A world task-force on the strategies for the development of agricultural mechanization”, 2012-present
  • Ben and Georgeann Jones Excellence in Teaching Award, ABE Department, University of Illinois, 2011
  • Faculty Award for Global Impact, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2011
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Karl E. Gardner Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2009
  • J. Kent Mitchell Teaching Excellence Award, ABE Department, University of Illinois, 2008
  • Teacher Fellow Award, North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture, 2007
  • Best Poster Award, National Capstone Design Course Conference, June 13-15, Boulder, CO., 2007
  • Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE). Transactions of ASABE. 48(3):933-940, 2006
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2005
  • Academy of Teaching Excellence, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2005-2008, 2009-2012, 2013-2016
  • Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation, ASABE, Recognition for outstanding service in co-authoring “Engine and Tractor Power 4th Edition”, Published by ASABE, 2004
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Information and Electrical Technologies Division, ASABE Ann. Intl. Mtg. (Las Vegas, NV), 2003
  • Outstanding Advisor Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Teaching Excellence Award in Agric. Engineering, ASABE Student Branch, University of Illinois, 2002
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching in Agric. Engineering, University of Natal, South Africa, 1994, 1996
  • Silver Medal for Best Publication of the Year, South African Institution of Mech. Engineers, 1992
  • Silver Medal for Best Paper Published, South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers, 1992
  • Silver Medal for Academic Achievement, South African Inst. of Agric. Engineers, 1990
  • Technical Paper Award, ASABE: Transactions of ASABE, 32(5): 1503-1506, 1990

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