Dr. Kenneth J. Hellevang


Room 117
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
NDSU Dept. 7620
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Dr. Kenneth J. Hellevang

Professor, Interim Chair

Extension Engineer - Provide education and technical assistance

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Expertise Areas

Extension Programs

  • Post Harvest Engineering
  • Structures and Building Environment Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food, and Biological Systems (ASABE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Grain Elevator and Processing Society
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi


Ph.D., North Dakota State University, 1989
M.S., South Dakota State University, 1979
B.S., South Dakota State University, 1978
Registered Professional Engineer (since January 1983) North Dakota PE-2738

Professional Experience

Professional Committees (Selected)

ASABE Board of Trustees ’06-08 (Manage the Society with 9,000 members in more than 100 countries)
ASABE Meetings Council (Manage all Meetings and Conferences, 9,000 members)
Past Chair ’06-08, Chair ’04-06, Vice Chair ‘02-04
ASAE E-10 International Meetings Committee (Execution of Annual Meeting, 1,700 participants)
Chair ‘02-04
ASAE FPE-01 Food & Process Engineering Institute Executive Committee (800 members)
Past Chair 02-03, Chair 01-02, Program Chair 00-01, Secretary 99-00
ASAE FPE‑702 Crop and Feed Processing and Storage Committee
Past Chair ‘01-03, Chair '99-01, Vice Chair & Secretary '97-99, Program Chairman '95-97
ASAE SE‑304 Environment of Stored Products Committee
Past Chair ‘86, Chair '85, Vice-Chair '84, Secretary '83
ASAE P-208 Extension Engineering
Chair '96-97, Vice-Chair '95-96 (Organize Educational Aids Competition), Secretary '94-95
ASABE FPE-712 Fruit & Vegetable Post Harvest Committee
Midwest Plan Service (MWPS) 1988‑2006, Executive Committee 1990-1994
MWPS Post Harvest Technology Section Committee - Chairman 1989-01

Professional Awards

2012North Central Region Distinguished Team Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi, espnational.org
Flooding Preparation and Recovery Education and Assistance
2011 NDSU AGSCO Excellence in Extension Award
2008 Inducted into the agricultural honor society Gamma Sigma Delta
2006 ASABE Outstanding Leadership Recognition: Meetings Council Chair
2006 ASABE President’s Citation
2005 Priester Multi-State Award for Outstanding Extension Health Programming
2003 ASAE Outstanding Leadership Recognition: International Meeting Chair
2001 Communicator of the Year - ND Agricultural Communicators in Education
2001 Honor Award: United States Department of Agriculture (Flood Recovery Education)
1998 Honor Award: United States Department of Agriculture (Flood Education Team)
1997 State Mid-Career Award: Epsilon Sigma Phi
1996 Senior Career Commendation: NDSU Agriculture
1995 ASAE International Engineering Achievement Award: Extension
1994 ASAE Section Chair Achievement Award
1992 ASAE Red River Valley Section Member of the Year
1990 State Early Career Award ‑ Epsilon Sigma Phi
10 ASAE/ASABE Educational Aids Blue Ribbons

Major Consulting Projects

Grain Drying and Storage Engineering Consultant Internationally
Potato, Carrot & Onion Storage Engineering Consultant Internationally
Sugar Beet Storage Ventilation System Designs

Educational Activities

Engineering assistance provided to people across the United States and internationally: Consultations ‑ 14,000+
Educational Presentations – 1,000+
Numerous news articles, magazine articles, newsletter articles, radio programs, and television programs.

Experience and Expertise

Engineering Professor & Extension Agricultural Engineer1980-Present
Responsibilities: State program leadership, education and technical assistance in crop post harvest, structures, and indoor environmental engineering.
Academic Rank: Professor in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources and in the College of Engineering and Architecture at North Dakota State University.