Roderick Thomas, Ph.D., P.E.

Roderick Thomas, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Controls
303 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Electronic instrumentation and control
  • Fluid power systems

Education

  • Ph.D. Agricultural & Biological Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University 2001
  • M.S. Agricultural & Biological Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University 1996
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University 1983

Teaching

  • BRS 428 - Electric Power and Instrumentation
  • BE 305 - Agricultural measurements and control systems

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Publications

  • Thomas, R. S., D. R. Buckmaster. Development of a computer controlled, hydraulic, power take-off (PTO) system. Transactions of the ASAE 48(5):1669-1675.
  • Thomas, R. S., D. R. Buckmaster. 2003. Relative safety of traditional agricultural tractor power take-off (PTO) drivelines compared to fluid power — a review. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 9(3):241-250.
  • Thomas, R. S., D. R. Buckmaster. 2003. A programmable, multiple supplement cattle feeder for pasture use. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 19(4):511-520.
  • Buckmaster, D. R., A. J. Heinrichs, R. S. Thomas. 1997. Particle size reduction during total mixed ration preparation and delivery. ASAE Paper No. 97-AETC104. St. Joseph, MI.: ASAE

Publications

Multiple-Chamber Instrumentation Development for Comparing Gas Fluxes from Biological Materials
Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Wheeler, Eileen, Topper, R, Brandt, Robin, Brown, N, Adviento-Borbe, A, Thomas, Roderick, Varga, Gabriella, 2011