Kenneth Hellevang, Ph. D., Professor, Professional Engineer
Ken has a Ph. D. degree in engineering, is a registered professional engineer, and has obtained the academic rank of tenured Professor at North Dakota State University. As an Extension (outreach) Engineer of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University, he has provided education and technical assistance in grain drying and storage, structures and indoor environmental engineering (primarily related to home moisture and molds) to citizens, farmers, agribusiness and professionals across the United States and internationally since 1980.
He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications. These include technical papers, proceedings, professional standards, chapters in handbooks, and peer reviewed Extension circulars and bulletins distributed by private business, professional societies, and universities internationally. He has presented numerous seminars on mold and building moisture management in several states to medical doctors, public health and building professionals, and on grain drying and storage internationally.
He is the author of the mold section of the national Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and leads the flooding team for EDEN and eXtension. He served on the “Healthy Indoor Air for America’s Home’s” national leadership and training committee for the program. He has been recognized by United States Department of Agriculture - CSREES with two national Honor Awards for educational efforts related to flood recovery and home moisture issues including mold removal.
He has conducted research on numerous grain drying and storage topics including moisture content changes in stored grain during summer, drying and storage of dry edible beans, air temperature increase due to grain drying and aeration fans, and aeration duct design. He has conducted numerous grain dryer energy audits.
He is active in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE -The Society for engineering in agricultural, food, and biological systems) having served in numerous leadership roles and is a member of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. He has been recognized with the grade of Fellow by ASABE, the highest honor bestowed annually on about 0.2 (2/10 of one) percent of members.
He and his wife Merna have three children and live in Fargo, ND.
Phone: 701-231-7243; Fax: 701-231-1008