Daniel L. Thomas

Thomas, Daniel L.
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3/03 to present     Professor & Head, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Louisiana State University and the LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, LA.

5/98 to 3/2003     Professor & Research, Extension, & Instruction Coordinator, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sci. (CAES) Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA.

11/96- 5/98     Associate Professor & REI Coordinator, Bio. & Ag. Engineering Dept., University of Georgia, CAES Tifton Campus, Tifton, GA.

11/91 - 11/96     Associate Professor and Research Leader, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Georgia, CPES, Tifton, GA.

6/93 - 9/93     Visiting Associate Professor, Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering Department, Utah State University, Logan, UT

7/91- 11/91     Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Georgia, CPES, Tifton, GA.

5/84 - 7/91     Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Georgia, CPES, Tifton, GA.

1/81 - 4/84     Graduate Research Instructor, Agricultural Engineering Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

1/79 - 12/80     Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural Engineering Department, Louisiana State University.

1/79 - 5/80     Laboratory Instructor, Agricultural Engineering Department, Louisiana State University.

9/78 - 12/78     Course Instructor, Engineering Graphics Department, Louisiana State University.

Other Professional Employment

11/03 9/04     GS-15, USDA, CSREES, Panel Manager for the Watershed Systems Panel for the NRI grant program

6/78 - 8/78     Design Engineers Assistant, Cane Machinery and Engineering Company (CAMECO), Thibodaux, Louisiana.

10/74 - 5/78     Microfilm Technician, Medical Records Department, Baton Rouge General Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA.

6-8/72-73     Water Quality Laboratory Technician and Shop Worker, Engineering Science Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Ph.D.   Agricultural Engineering     Purdue University                1984

M.E.    Agricultural Engineering     Louisiana State University    1980

B.S.    Agricultural Engineering     Louisiana State University     1978 
   
Registered Professional Engineer    Georgia

Additional Contact:    Email: thomasdl@lsu.edu

Summary Narrative:

Dr. Daniel L. Thomas is the first Scott and Ruth Bergeron Professor and Head of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Louisiana State University and the LSU Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. Dr. Thomas assumed that role in March of 2003. Prior to that time he served as a faculty member at the University Georgia, Bio & Ag Engineering Department, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton Campus from 1984 to 2003 while working his way from Assistant Professor to Professor. While at the University of Georgia, he has served in different leadership roles including Research Leader (starting in 1991) to Research, Extension and Instruction Coordinator (starting in 1996) for the Tifton unit.

His career started with B.S. (1978) and M.E. (1980) degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University (1984). He has been involved in research and extension activities associated with drainage, water quality, irrigation, and precision systems. With over 70 refereed/reviewed publications, over 110 presentations to professional groups, over 70 formal extension presentations, and about 30 other publications, his research and extension efforts are well-known. He has been a member of ASAE, ASCE/EWRI, and SWCS for many years and has served in leadership positions in each organization. He has taught portions of college level courses on irrigation, professionalism/ethics, drainage, design of small dams, engineering graphics, and surveying. He has been recognized by Sigma Xi (Research Honorary), Alpha Epsilon (Agricultural Engineering Honorary), and Gamma Sigma Delta (Agricultural Honorary). He was the Panel Manager for the NRI Watershed Processes and Water Resources Program in 2004-2005. In 2005, Dr. Thomas was inducted into the first class of Diplomates for the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Dr. Thomas was inducted as a Fellow into the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2006. He was elected to Vice President of the ASCE, Environmental and Water Resources Institute in 2009.


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