Alan Hansen

Interim head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

338 Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
1304 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Alan C. Hansen became interim head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) in January 2017.  He has served as a faculty member in ABE since the end of 1999.  Prior to joining this department, he established a successful academic career at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he earned his B.Sc. Engineering (Mechanical) in 1975, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering in 1978 and 1990 respectively.

Hansen’s expertise in research and outreach includes biofuels, off-road machinery systems engineering, land preparation, resource utilization, data collection and analytics on both temporal and spatial scales, and agricultural machinery and tool design for small-scale application.  He currently serves as the Director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium, a sub-award of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab funded by USAID as part of the Feed the Future Initiative.  He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

His teaching has focused on topics associated with off-road machinery engineering and management, and he has received a number of awards on campus and nationally for his teaching excellence.