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Heinemann Leads Ag and Bio Engineering

Paul Heinemann (photo by Steve Williams)Paul Heinemann, an award-winning professor in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will succeed the retiring Roy Young as department head.

Heinemann’s research has focused on food production mechanization, food processing, and odors from mushroom substrate. His projects have brought the University nearly $3 million in grant funding.

Heinemann has earned five awards for teaching, including those for Mathematical Modeling of Biological and Physical Systems, Optimization of Biological Production and Processing Systems, Agricultural Systems Analysis and Management, and Biological and Agricultural Systems Simulation.

“Heinemann is the embodiment of the land-grant scholar,” says Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “His background, from the classroom and the latest theories to placing research results in the hands of agricultural producers, will serve him well in guiding the department.”

In recent years, Heinemann has worked to recruit students and improve the image of his department and discipline—efforts that are bearing fruit.

“The enrollments in both our biological engineering and agricultural systems management majors have grown steadily for eight years, with particularly rapid jumps in biological engineering over the past two years. We are facing an incoming junior class of biological engineering students that is unprecedented in size in our department’s history,” says Heinemann.

Heinemann joined the Penn State faculty in 1988 and achieved the rank of full professor in 1999. He earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Penn State and his doctorate in agricultural meteorology, with a focus in agricultural engineering, from the University of Florida.