David Jones has been named head of the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Jones has served in the role on an interim basis since July 1, 2017.
“The university has benefited from David’s visionary leadership while he was associate dean in the College of Engineering. We are pleased that he brings that experience and his leadership abilities to serve the faculty, staff and students of the Biological Systems Engineering Department,” said Ron Yoder, senior associate vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).
The Biological Systems Engineering Department is strategically situated in both the College of Engineering and IANR through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. It educates engineers and systems managers, conducts research and transfers engineering technology to benefit Nebraska’s biological systems. The department offers three academic majors: agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering and mechanized systems management.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead great faculty, staff and students in the Biological Systems Engineering Department,” said Jones. “Together, we will deliver impactful contributions and provide solutions at the convergence of food, energy, water and health challenges.”
Jones, a professor of biological systems engineering, also holds a courtesy professor appointment in the Food Science and Technology Department. From 2011-2017, he served as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering. In that role he oversaw the undergraduate programs and student services of the college, along with curriculum development and assessment, and outreach. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Jones earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University. He holds a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University.