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Darrell became Professor and Chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in July 2015 and Director of the Institute of Water Research in February 2017. From 2012- 2015 he was at Maine Maritime Academy as Vice-President-Operations and Research Director. Darrell began his academic career in 1995 at the University of Maine (UMaine) and was there for 17 years last being professor of chemical engineering and Associate Director of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and was affiliated with the Maine Water Research Institute in research. Prior to UMaine he was a process engineer with a private company for nine years between his BS and PhD degrees.
Most recently, Darrell has worked in the realm of food safety, lending his expertise in statistics, modeling and simulation to issues related with chemical and microbial risk assessment. He was an AAAS Fellow in 2007-08 at DHS focusing on security and health affairs and still consults with the government on security issues related to risk assessment. He has served on three NAS and international panels addressing food safety. He currently serves as a consultant to two WHO tendered food safety committees. Darrell received his BS, MS and PhD from NC State University. He is an outdoors person; growing up on a farm in NC gave him a unique perspective and important respect for stewardship of the outdoors.
I’m a first year in the community sustainability masters program (I haven’t picked a focus yet). I am leaning towards Great Lakes research, maybe policy, maybe even international water policy. Anything water related. Before graduate school I worked at the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute, and am continuing similar work at the IWR. I am involved in the “Cooling the Hotspots” project, more specifically setting up water quality monitoring in the River Raisin for the purpose of informing farmers and seeing how the data might change their perspectives on adopting best management practices.
Jason’s primary work at the IWR has been the development of online GIS applications, such as the Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment Tool, to help with ensuring sustainable decision-making at local and regional levels. He also has worked on the development of the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network and conducted hydrologic modeling in southwestern Michigan using the USGS’s AFINCH model.
He completed both his B.S. in Geographic Information Science (2011) and M.S. in Geographic Information Science (2014) at Michigan State University.
When not thinking about GIS applications, Jason enjoys cycling, reading, and fishing.