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Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson


Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Office Building

Raven Precision Agriculture Center



Mailing Address

Raven Precision Ag Building 206
Ag & Biosystems Engineering-Box 2100
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Ph.D.—Iowa State University
Agricultural Engineering, 1987
M.S.—Iowa State University
Agricultural and Structural Engineering, 1985
Energy Systems Engineering, minor
B.S.—South Dakota State University
Agricultural Engineering, 1975

Academic Responsibilities

ABE 324 Agricultural Structures
ABE 463 Applied Instrumentation
ABE 763 Instrumentation

Committee Activities

1. Advise Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering students
2. Major Professor for graduate students
3. Thesis Advisor for graduate students
4. ASAE student branch advisor: 1987-1990
5. Engineering Phonathon: 1988-1991 and 1994
6. University Student Affairs Committee, 1996-1999
7. University Academic Appeals Committee, 1997-2002
8. University Publications Council, 1995
9. ad hoc Graduate School Proposal Review Committee, 1992
10. Served on several departmental committees.
11. University Master Plan Committee 1999.
12. President’s representative on the Student Activities Advisory Council, 1999-2001
13. Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Safety Committee, 2001-2004.
14. Engineering College Scholarship Committee, 2000-2005.
15. Engineering College Briggs Scholarship Committee, 2000-present.
16. Engineering College Distinguished Engineer nominating Committee Chair 2004, 2000-2004
17. Evaluated thesis for Midwest Association of Universities, 2004.
18. Aided a MS student in his thesis work at Colorado State University, 2005-2007
19. Aided MS student in thesis work from Washington State University, 2013-2014
20. University Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee, Chair 2013-2014, 2013-2014
21. Editor of Journal on Agricultural Engineering published by Global Scientific and Technology Forum, 2013-2014
22. Technical Editor for Frame Building News, 2006-2014
23. Member of the Faculty Senate 2012-2018
24. Faculty Senate Executive committee, 2016-2018
25. Member of the Library committee

Professional Memberships

American Society of Agricultural Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers
National Frame Building Association

Awards and Honors

2014 certificate of appreciation for serving on USDA review panel
2009 received the Outstanding Reviewer award from ASABE
2009 certificate of appreciation for serving on a USDA review panel
2003 Elected Chair of the ASAE Membership Development Council
2001-2003 Appointed to the ASCE National Energy Policy Committee
2002 Nominated for ASAE Henry Geise Structures & Environment Award
2002 Elected Vice Chair of the ASAE Membership Development Council
2000 College of Engineering Researcher of the Year Award
1999 Elected as the Membership Development Council Representative for the 5th District of ASAE
1997 Elected to the Rural Builder Hall of Fame
1995 edition of Dictionary of International Biography, International Biography Centre, Cambridge, England
1994 edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Publishing
1994 edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, Marquis Publishing
Iowa Chapter of Alpha Epsilon
South Dakota State University Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta
Outstanding Young Men of America, 1989
Outstanding reviewer for ASAE Structures and Environment Division, 1991
Army Commendation Medal, 1980
Order of the Engineer, 1975

Work Experience

1999-Present SDSU Professor - Teaching & Research
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

2009-2012 SDSU Professor / Research Engineer in the
METLAB of the ME Department

1993-1999 SDSU Associate Professor - Teaching & Research
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

1987-1993 SDSU Assistant Professor - Teaching & Research
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

1985-1986 ISU Research & Teaching - Lab Prep & Research Agricultural Engineering

1982-1985 ISU Assistant Professor - Teaching General Engineering

1981-1982 ISU Research Assistant - Research

1980-1981 ISU Teaching Assistant - Teaching

1976-1979 U.S. Army Company Grade Officer- Training Officer; Quarry/Asphalt OIC; Battalion Maintenance; Officer, Heavy Equipment; Platoon leader, Executive Officer

Area(s) of Research

Light Frame Structures
Development of a full scale Photobioreactor
Vegetable Oil Filters