Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty & Staff

Luis F. Rodríguez

Associate Professor

Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
376C AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2694
Fax: (217) 244-0323

Research Focus

Big Data, modeling, and analytics of complex food and agricultural systems

Research Areas

  • Big Data, Modeling, and Analytics
  • Food and Energy Security
  • Environmental Impacts of Food and Agricultural Production and Processing
  • Social Constraints on Engineered Systems
  • Reliability and Sustainability
  • Decision support
  • Life support systems

Courses Taught


  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering and Bioresource Engineering, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Bioresource Engineering, Rutgers University
  • B.S., Bioresource Engineering, Rutgers University

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, 2012-present, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Assistant Professor, 2005-2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Research Scientist, 2004-2005, Universities Space Research Association NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2003-2004, National Research Council
  • Senior Principal Systems Analyst, 2000, Orbital Space Sciences Corporation NASA Ames Research Center
  • Graduate Assistant, 1996-1998, 1999-2002, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Teaching Assistant, 1995, 1998-2000, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey


  • National Research Council, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, 2002-2004

Honors and Awards

  • North American College Teachers of Agriculture, North American College Teachers of Agriculture Teacher Fellow Award, 2011
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering, Engineering Council Outstanding Advisor, 2012
  • Center for Teaching Excellence, Named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, 2012, 2014, 2015

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