University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

David Schmidt, Research Engineer and Instructor

BBE Faculty_David Schmidt2306 BioAgEng Bldg.
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: (612) 625-4262

Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)

MS Agricultural Engineering. University of Minnesota, 1992
BS Agricultural Engineering. University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1982

Areas of Interest

David loves teaching! He is passionate about meeting students where they are at and providing them with practical learning opportunities. Since 2011 his primary focus has been teaching a large online class entitled “Renewable Energy and the Environment”. The course draws 400-600 students per semester. Students love the online course format and are surprised by how much they learn through the semester. David is also involved in a national project focused on teaching Extension Educators and Technical Service Providers about critical issues related to the interface of animal agriculture and an ever-changing climate.

David's engineering background has allowed him to participate in a wide range of projects in the department. Prior to his focus on teaching (1992 to 2010) David's research and education efforts were on developing and promoting affordable manure handling technologies that protect air and water quality. His air quality research includes the development of a wind tunnel for quantifying air emissions from area sources, quantifying emissions from both building and area sources and dispersion modeling. In addition, he has been instrumental in the development of OFFSET and MinnFARM, simple screening tools to objectively evaluate air and water quality impacts on the environment. 

David has also represented the University of Minnesota on several Minnesota Task Forces dealing with manure and animal agriculture issues. During this period, he conducted training workshops on a variety of topics regarding manure handling and air quality for consultants, engineers, livestock producers, regulators, and environmental groups throughout Minnesota.

David owns one solar panel in a community solar array, drives an electric car (Nissan Leaf), and is a little crazy when it comes to home energy saving.

David was the 2012 recipient of the Richard C. Newman Art of Teaching Award from the University's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.  He was also the 2014 recipient of the University of Minnesota CFANS prestigious “Innovation in Undergraduate Education” award.


Selected Publications

Kaliyan, N., R.V. Morey, D.R. Schmidt. 2013. Roll press compaction of corn stover and perennieal grasses to increase bulk density. Biomass and Bioenergy. Vol 5 ::322-330.

Kaliyan, N., D.R. Schmidt, R.V. Morey, D.G. Tiffany. 2012. Commercial scale tub grinding of corn stover and perennial grasses. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol 28(1): 79-85.

Morey, R.V., N. Kaliyan, D.G. Tiffany, D.R. Schmidt. 2010. A corn stover supply logistics system. Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol 26(3): 455-461.

Heger, S.F. D.R. Schmidt, K.A. Janni. 2010. Aerobic and media filter treatment systems for milk house wastewater on small dairy operations. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol 26(2): 319-327.

Zhang, S., L. Cai, J.A. Koziel, S.J. Hoff, D. R. Schmidt, C.J. Clanton, L.D. Jacobson, D. B. Parker, A J. Heber. 2010. Field air sampling and simultaneous chemical and sensory analysis of livestock odorants with sorbent tubes and GC-MS/olfactometry. Sensors and Actuators B: Vo. 146: 427-432

Hoff, S.J., J.D. Harmon, L. Chen, K.A. Janni, D.R. Schmidt, R.E. Nicolai, L.D. Jacobson. 2009. Partial biofiltration of exhaust air from a hybrid ventilated deep-pit swine finisher barn. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol 25(2) : 269-280

Janni, K.A., S.H. Christopherson, D.R. Schmidt. 2009. Milk House Wastewater flows and characteristics for small dairy operations. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol 25(3) : 417-423

Gay, S. W., D. R. Schmidt, C. J. Clanton, K. A. Janni, L. D. Jacobson, and S. Weisberg. 2003. Odor, total reduced sulfur, and ammonia emissions from animal housing facilities and manure storage units in Minnesota. Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol 19(3):347-360. ASAE, St. Joseph MI.