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Soil Science


Radu N. Carcoana
Research Specialist

Office: Walster Hall 149
Phone: 701-231-1069
Office Hours: 8:00 - 5:00, M - F
North Dakota State University – Soil Science Department


  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, University Studies-BS
  • Technical School of Mining, Bucharest, Romania, Surveying/Geodesy-BS
  • Completed selected training Courses to keep abreast with the new technologies over years

Professional Experience:

  • 2013 – Present         Research Specialist – Soil Physics
  • 2000 – 2013             Research Specialist – NDAWN Center – Operation Manager
  • 1995 – 2000             Research Specialist II – NDAWN – Operation Manager
  • 1990 – 1995             Research Specialist I – Soil Management Laboratory Supervisor
  • 1967 – 1982             Land Surveyor, Cartographer – Bucharest, Romania

Professional Activities:

  • Research Specialist - Soil Management and Soil Physics Laboratory Supervisor, NDSU – 2014 to present .
  • Network Operation Manager - North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, NDSU - 1995 to 2013 .
  • Campbell Scientific –  Proprietary Programming Certification – 2008 and 1997
  • Licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator  1991 – 2001
  • Regional Manager - Institute for Research and Design for Extraction of Oil and Gas – Bucharest.
  • Land Surveyor - Crew chief - Institute of Mineral Explorations – Bucharest. 

From July 2013, I took over the Soil Physics laboratory, updated and oversee the function of the teaching laboratory.

From 1995 to 2013, I managed the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network – NDAWN operation  (74 Automatic Weather Stations in 4 states) for 18 years: updating/expansion, quality measurements, proprietary programming, marketing, public relations –   

I conducted over 30 research projects for five Principal Investigators (PI) in areas related to environmental sciences (soil management/physics, water/snow/environment quality, meteorology, etc.).

My assets are: an outstanding strong organizational and problem solving skill combined with the capacity of coordinating the logistics of simultaneous, multi-tasks projects. These are proven by my life experience of conducting and coordinating the research projects in surveying for geological and geophysical prospect ions, in soil management and in meteorology/climatology automatic networks Analog/wireless/fiber optics communication.

My colleagues find me a comfortable team partner, energetic that meets challenges head-on, with a high standard of professional ethics and dedication. I always bring with me initiative, a fresh perspective to any issue that comes across and need to be solved, motivation and resolve.  

Research and Other Professional Activities (see also Publications and Conferences):

  • 2008: Completed Campbell Scientific, Inc. CR1000/Loggernet – 4-day Training Course
  • 2004: Recipient of the “2004 NDSU award for Excellence in Research”
  • 2001:  Manufacturer denied modem communication problems. I replicate in lab; obtained free, new computer chip with voice synthesizer software customized specific to NDAWN/NDSU/North Dakota script.
  • 2000 to 2006: Presented a paper and participated at the Western Snow Conference; as a recipient of the University’s President’s Professional Development Award.
  • 2000:  Attended Automated Weather Station Workshop at Nebraska Center for Continuing Education held at High Plains Climate Center in conjunction with SNRS, UNL, USDA, NOAA, WMO on March 6-10, 2000.
  • 2000:  Electronic Snow Measurement techniques (see publications) proposed modifications accepted by manufacturer.
  • 1999 to present:   Provided Calibration services for Iowa State University Weather Network.
  • 1997: Completed Campbell Scientific, Inc. CR10X/Loggernet – 4-day Training Course
  • 1996 to present: Provided electronic weather monitoring equipment and assistance to other NDSU departments: Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Plant Science, etc. other public and/or private organizations.
  • 1996 to present:   Participated at over 50 trade shows (ex. Marketplace of Ideas) to promote NDAWN and enhance NDSU image in our community and state. I repeatedly met with our State and Federal Congressional delegation to keep them informed of our progress and needs.
  • 1993:  Initiated and facilitated $10,750 donation in surveying software from WILD LEITZ USA, Inc. to three departments: Soil Science, Ag. Engineering and Civil Engineering (It’s Happening, 3/17/1993, page 10).
  • 1993:  Submitted to NDSU President a Grant Proposal for PPRC Implementation of Strategic Themes V “Enhancing the Institutional Environment” of NDSU Century II: Update 92 Strategic Plan: Soil Science Department Computer Networking Plan - (a campus wide initiative).
  • 1991 to 1993:  Editor and Photographer for “Solum” the Department quarterly newsletter. 

Publications and Conferences:

  1. Adnan Akyuz, Mark Ewens, Radu Carcoana, Barbara Mullins. NWS Frost depth Observation with Liquid-in Probes Performance: 2 year Review
  2. Attended 74th Annual Western Snow Conference, , May 20-23, 2006, Professional Development Award
  3. Attended 73rd Annual Western Snow Conference, Great Falls, MT- Apr. 11-14, 2005, Professional Development Award
  4. Attended 72nd Annual Western Snow Conference, Richmond, BS- Apr 19-22, 2004, Professional Development Award
  5. Attended 70th Annual Western Snow Conference, Granby, CO, May 20-23, 2002, Professional Development Award
  6. Attended 69th Annual Western Snow Conference, Sun Valley, ID, April 16-18, 200, Professional Development Award
  7. Carcoana, Radu, J. W. Enz. 2000. Enhanced Technique For A More Reliable Daily Snow Measurements With An Antifreeze-Based Tipping Bucket Gauge. 68th Annual Western Snow Conference, Port Angeles, WA, April 18-20, 2000, Professional Development Award
  8. Attended the First Automated Weather Station Workshop at Nebraska Center for Continuing Education held at High Plains Climate Center in conjunction with SNRS, UNL, USDA, NOAA, WMO on March 6-10, 2000.
  9. Enz, John W., R. Carcoana. 1998. Growing Season Summary for the 1998 Season. Oct. 1998.
  10. Carcoana, Radu. 1998.  North Dakota Agriculture Weather Network.  An environmentally sound electronic monitoring system. The Campbell Update, July 1998. Vol. 9 (2):3,5.
  11. Enz, John W., P.C. Brenk, R. Carcoana. 1996. Humidity and Temperature Measurement in the Sugar beet Canopy. North Dakota State Climatologist Report. Oct. 1996.
  12. Carcoana, Radu, L. Cihacek, H. Weiser. 1994.  Effect of wind erosion sediments on Nitrogen levels of the Sheyene River near Kindred, ND. pp. 196-203. In Proc. North Dakota Water Quality Symposium, March 30-31, 1994. NDSU Ext. Serv.
  13. Cihacek, Larry, R. Carcoana, J. Arndt. 1994.  Relationship to water quality of the spatial variability in organic carbon, total Nitrogen and NO3--N in wind erosion sediments deposited in a wetland margin. pp. 208-215. In Proc. North Dakota Water Symposium, March 30-31, 1994.  NDSU Ext. Serv.
  14. Cihacek, Larry, R. Carcoana, B. Schatz and K Jacobson. 1993. N, P, and K Uptake and Accumulation and Dry Matter Production by Crambe.  Agron. Abs. pp. 269. ASA, Madison, WI.
  15. Cihacek, Larry, R. Carcoana, and K. Jacobson. 1993. Phosphorus and Zinc Fertilization Effects on   Dry Matter Yield and Phosphorus and Zinc Uptake by Crambe. J. Plant Nutr. 16(9):1829-1836.
  16. Cihacek, L.J., D.A. Lizotte, and R. Carcoana. 1991.  Phosphorus placement for soybean production in reduced tillage systems.  North Dakota Farm Res. 49(1):22-25.
  17. Seelig, Bruce, R. Carcoana and A. Maianu. 1988.  Identification of critical depth and critical salinity of the ground water on North Dakota high water table cropland  Research project completion report.
  18. Maianu, Alex, R. Carcoana. 1987.  Presented study activities about Critical depth and critical salinity of ground water in North Dakota.  4th Annual Water Management Workshop, Mandan, ND.
  19. Carcoana, Radu. 1972. Method to enhance field measurements efficiency in setting a 50 sq. meters grid in mountain area for geophysical research.  Institute of Research and Explorations for Minerals, Bucharest, Romania.

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Soil Science Department
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8901 - Fax: (701) 231-7861
Campus address: Walster Hall 106
Mailing address: Dept 7680 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Nathan.Derby@NDSU.EDU

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