Chad founded the Nexus of Energy, Water and Agriculture Laboratory (NEWAG Lab) to study the physical, operational and geospatial tradeoffs in the energy, water food nexus in 2012 just after he joined the faculty at Oregon State University. He holds degrees in Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and has broad research interests that cover topics from turbulence to precision agriculture to snow science. Using a blend of cutting edge instrumentation, simulation techniques and mathematical approaches, he seeks to understand the theoretical underpinnings of each. He has performed field experiments in a myriad of environments, from deserts to glaciers, within the USA and internationally. Recent work has focused on Precision Irrigation, Mountain Meteorology, Atmospheric Turbulence and Hydrology.
Chad Teaches BEE 311 Ecological Fluid Mechanics, BEE 322 Thermodynamics and Transport Processes, and BEE 361 Environmental Monitoring at the Undergraduate level. He also teaches graduate classes on a rotating basis. Most recently he taught a class on environmental data analysis.
Chad is also the associate Director of Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University. Sometimes he likes to play ‘guess the function’ and usually predicts that any effort could be completed in ‘a couple of hours’. Come visit 200 Gilmore for a ‘science high five’.