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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Ronaldo Maghirang | Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Photo of Ronaldo MaghirangPh.D., 1992 - The Pennsylvania State University
Agricultural Engineering
M.S., 1986 - University of the Philippines Los Baños
B.S., 1982 - University of the Philippines Los Baños
Agricultural Engineering

Contact Information
1042 Rathbone Hall

Professional Experience
Ronaldo Maghirang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, is the associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering. In this position, he serves as director of the engineering experiment station. Maghirang also serves as the program administrator of the Engineering and Leadership Innovation program. Maghirang joined the K-State faculty in the department of biological and agricultural engineering in 1994 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and professor in 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and a master’s degree in agrometeorology, both from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), as a well as a doctorate in agricultural engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). Prior to coming to K-State, he worked as research associate in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduate research assistant at Penn State, and assistant professor at UPLB.

Maghirang’s research has focused on low-cost air pollution measurement; measurement, monitoring, modeling, and control of air emissions from agricultural operations and off-road activities; measurement, control, and modeling of indoor air quality in agricultural buildings; particle technology; environmental applications of nanotechnology; and improved grain handling and storage. Much of his research has involved collaboration with scientists and engineers from K-State, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, other educational institutions, and industry. Major accomplishments of his research group include characterization and measurement of air emissions from open lot cattle feedlots; development and evaluation of best management practices for controlling dust emissions from open cattle feedlots; measurement of fugitive dust emissions from off-road military vehicle activities; and development of packing factors for various grains

Academic Highlights
Maghirang has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on numerous research projects. He has directly supervised 12 Ph.D. students, 15 M.S. students, and numerous post-doctoral research associates, research assistants and visiting scientists. He has served the professional community as Editor for the Plant, Animal, and Facility Systems of the Transactions of the ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture. He also was on several panels, including the EPA Science Advisory Board Animal Feeding Operation Emission Review Panel, the CDC Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group for regional centers on agricultural safety and health, External Advisory Board for the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. Maghirang’s contributions have also been recognized through several awards, including the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology, 2015 Robert R. and Lila L. Snell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2013 Clair W. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year, 2009 Myers-Alford Memorial Teaching Award, and 2015 and 2000 James L. Hollis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2005 Frankenhoff Outstanding Research Award in the College of Engineering, and outstanding paper awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).