Michael Pate, Ph.D.

  • Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health
Michael Pate, Ph.D.
254 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-2808

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Educational Programming
  • Agricultural Systems Management


  1. B.S. Agricultural Education, University of Arkansas, 2003
  2. M.S. Agricultural Education, University of Arkansas, 2005
  3. Ph.D. Agricultural Education, Iowa State University, 2009


  • BRS 426 - Safety and Health in Agriculture and Biorenewable Industries (3)

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Extension and Research

The agricultural safety and health program at Penn State is multi-dimensional and ranges in scope from engineering to reduce exposure to hazards, to safety training for youth, to managing agricultural emergencies.
Current Extension and Research Program Efforts Include:

  • Northeast Agricultural Safety and Health Coalition
  • Agricultural Rescue and Emergency Response Training
  • Agricultural Safety Demonstrations and Training
  • Safety in Agriculture for Youth National Clearinghouse
  • Agricultural Safety Education Initiative

Please consider supporting the Endowment for Agricultural Safety and Health. Gifts make it possible to facilitate programmatic efforts to protect people working in the agricultural and biorenewable industries. 

Recent Publications

Rivera-Reyes, P., Lawanto, O., & Pate, M. L. (2017). Students’ task interpretation and conceptual understanding in an electronics laboratory. IEEE Transactions on Education, PP(99), 1-8. doi:10.1109/TE.2017.2689723

Pate, M. L., Beard, F. R., & Hall, K. (2017). Utah regional differences in respirator use and fit testing among pesticide applicators. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 23(1), 55-66. doi: 10.13031/jash.11765

Rivera-Reyes, P., Lawanto, O., & Pate, M. L. (2016). Understanding student coregulation in task interpretation during electronics laboratory activities. International Education Studies, 9(7), 1-9. doi:10.5539/ies.v9n7p1

Lawver, B. G., Pate, M. L., & Sorensen, T. J. (2016). Supervisor involvement and professional development needs associated with SAE programming and Safety. Journal of Agricultural Education, 57(1), 150-166. doi: 10.5032/jae.2016.01150

Pate, M. L., Lawver, B. G., & Sorensen, T. J. (2016). Safety in high school supervised agricultural experiences: Teachers’ training and Students’ Injury Awareness. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 22(1), 61-74. doi: 10.13031/jash.22.11142

Research Interests

Agricultural Production