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Kifle Gebremedhin

Kifle G. Gebremedhin

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Riley-Robb Hall, Room 322
Courtesy Professor

Biography

Kifle Gebremedhin is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and a member of ASCE, National Frame Building Association, Institute of Biological Engineering, and various honor societies. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, research, advising, service and leadership. Professor Gebremedhin has published over 200-refereed journal articles and research technical publications and has made several invited presentations nationally and internationally.

Research Interests

Professor Gebremedhin’s research program involves: Animal thermal stress physiology, modeling animal bio-energetics (heat and mass transfer), engineering livestock thermal environments, and design and analysis of post-frame buildings, and diaphragm action in metal-clad wood-frame buildings.

Teaching Interests

Professor Gebremedhin teaches a fundamental course (BEE 3310 Bio-Fluid mechanics) and an engineering design-based course (BEE/CEE 4810 LRFD-based Engineering of Wood Structures).

Bio-Fluid Mechanics (BEE 3310). This course is a required course for biological engineering majors. It is taken primarily by junior and some senior students. The course is offered during the Fall semester and during the 6-week summer session. The course emphasizes fundamental engineering concepts through biologically-inspired case studies.

LRFD-Based Engineering of Wood Structures (BEE/CEE 4810). This course serves as an engineering elective to our majors and it also satisfies the capstone engineering design requirement of the major. The course is co-listed as a CEE course, and is taken by CEE seniors and M.Eng. students. It is offered during the Spring semester. The course emphasizes engineering design of structural components and systems using wood and wood products as a structural material.

Selected Publications

  • Mondaca, M., Rojano, F., Choi, C. Y., & Gebremedhin, K. G. (2013). A conjugate heat and mass transfer model to evaluate the efficiency of conductive cooling for dairy cattle. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). 56:1471-1482.
  • Gebremedhin, K. G., Lee, C. N., Larson, J., & Davis, J. (2013). Alternative cooling of dairy cows by udder wetting. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). 56:305-310.
  • Cabrero, J. C., Blanco, C., Gebremedhin, K. G., & Martin-Meizoso, A. (2012). Assessment of phenomenological failure criteria for wood. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. 70:871-882.
  • Gebremedhin, K. G., Lee, C. N., Hillman, P. E., & Brown-Brandl, T. M. (2011). Body temperature and behavioral activities of four breeds of heifers in shade and full sun. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 27:999-1006.
  • Gebremedhin, K. G., Lee, C. N., Hillman, P. E., & Collier, R. J. (2010). Physiological responses of dairy cows during extended solar exposure. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). 53:239-247.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Superior Research Paper Awards (1993, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2014) (2014) ASABE
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar Faculty Awards (1996, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2-2011) (2011) Cornell University
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (2008) University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Outstanding Teaching Awards (1992, 2000, 2003) (2003) College of Engineering, Cornell University
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2002) State University of New York

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