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Kifle Gebremedhin

  • Kifle Gebremedhin
  • Dept: Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Title: Professor
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Gebremedhin received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering (structures) from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (structures & environment).

Before coming to Cornell in 1982, Gebremedhin taught at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the Civil Engineering Department for three years.
Dr. Gebremedhin is a professor in the Biological and Environmental Engineering Department. In 1991, he spent a sabbatical leave at the Department of Structures, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and at TRADA, High Wycombe, U.K. His evolutionary development of two computer-software packages for the analysis and design of two-dimensional and three-dimensional structural systems including diaphragm principles have been highly useful for teaching, research and engineering practice. Both of these computer packages have won ASAE Blue Ribbon Awards and IBM software development recognitions. In addition to the authorship of two computer software packages, Professor Gebremedhin has published over 135-refereed journal articles and research technical publications.

He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE), the National Frame Builders Association (NFBA), the Society for Engineering in Agriculture, Food, and Biological Systems (ASAE) and various honor societies. As an ASAE member, he has served in various leadership roles in nearly all the technical committees of the Structures and Environment Division.

Research Interests

My research interest in structural engineering has been: (1) testing and modeling metal-plate-connected wood truss joints, (2) testing and modeling system behavior of post-frame buildings including diaphragm action, and (3) development of novel software for analysis and design of two- and three-dimensional structures including diaphragm action.

Another research interest has been in: (1) modeling heat and mass transfer through porous media of biological systems as a means of characterizing stress factors of livestock and determining their energy budget for virtually any environmental conditions, and (2) characterization of flow field and environmental control in single or multiple-occupant ventilated space.