Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty & Staff

Richard S. Gates

Professor

Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
360C AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 244-2791
Fax: (217) 244-0323
E-mail: rsgates@illinois.edu

Research Areas

  • Controlled environment systems, with emphasis on biological and physiological responses and interactions between occupants and environment
  • Controlled environment systems analysis, control and simulation
  • Dietary manipulation in poultry and livestock for reduced aerial gases and building emissions; poinsettia propagation and hydroponic lettuce
  • Control systems development including fuzzy logic, heuristics and vapor pressure deficit
  • Livestock production models for real-time economic optimization

Courses Taught

Education

  • Ph.D., Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1984
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, 1980
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1978

Professional Experience

  • Professor, 2008-date, Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department, University of Illinois
  • Professor, 1996-2008, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • Chair, 2002-2007, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • Graduate faculty, 2001-date, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Federal University of Viçosa
  • Associate Professor, 1990-1996, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • Assistant Professor, 1985-1990, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • Senior Research Support Specialist, 1984-1985, Cornell University
  • Senior Systems Analyst, 1983-1984, Cornell University

Professional Activities

  • ASABE Board of Trustees for 2008 - 2010

Honors and Awards

  • ASABE Presidential Citation for Leadership in Chairing the International Livestock Environment Symposium VIII (2008)
  • ASABE Henry L. Giese Structures & Environment Award (2006)
  • ASABE Superior Paper Award (2005, 1996, 1989, 1987), Honorable Mention (2009, 2004, 1995)

Professional Memberships

  • ASABE Board of Trustees for 2008 - 2010

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