Serap Gorucu, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Assistant BRS Program Coordinator
Serap Gorucu, Ph.D.
201 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-8124

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Agricultural Injury Analysis
  • Injury Classification Systems and Codings
  • Injury Surveillance in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
  • Data Analysis

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  1. Ph.D., Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, May 2003
  2. M.S., Agricultural Machinery, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkiye, June 1998
  3. B.S., Agricultural Machinery, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkiye, June 1996

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ORCID 0000-0003-4227-4459

Peer-reviewed Journal Papers

  • Pate ML, Görücü S. 2020. Agricultural Work-Related Fatalities to Non-Working Youth: Implications for Intervention Development. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 2020;26(1):31-43.
  • Weichelt B, Gorucu S, Jennissen C, Denning G, Oesch S. 2020. Assessing the Emergent Public Health Concern of All-Terrain Vehicle Injuries in Rural and Agricultural Environments: An Initial Review of Available National Datasets in the U.S. JMIR Preprints. 12/07/2019:15477. DOI: 10.2196/preprints.15477 URL:
  • Weichelt B., Gorucu S. 2019. Supplemental Surveillance: A Review of 2015 and 2016 Agricultural Injury Data from News Reports on Injury Prevention Published Online First: 31 January 2018. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042671

  • Weichelt B, Gorucu S, Murphy D, Pena AA, Salzwedel M & Lee BC. 2019. Agricultural Youth Injuries: A Review of 2015-2017 Cases from U.S. News Media Reports, Journal of Agromedicine, DOI: 10.1080/1059924X.2019.1605955
  • Weichelt B, Heimonen T, Gorucu S, Redmond E, Vechinski J, Pflughoeft K, Bendixsen C, Salzwedel M, Scott E, Namkoong K, Purschwitz M, Rautiainen R, Murphy DJ. Redesigning a Sentinel Surveillance System for Collecting and Disseminating Near Real-Time Agricultural Injury Reports: System Usability Study. JMIR Form Res 2019;3(3):e13621. DOI: 10.2196/13621

  • Gorucu S, Weichelt B, Pate ML. 2019. Fatal Agricultural Injuries in Pennsylvania, 2015-2017: A Comparative Analysis of Two Systems' Data Collection Methods and Datasets. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 25(2): 53-61. (doi: 10.13031/jash.13165).

  • Murphy DJ, Gorucu S, Weichelt B, Scott E, Purschwitz M. 2019. Using Multiple Coding Schemes for Classification and Coding of Agricultural Injury. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 62(2): 87-98. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22932.
  • Gorucu S., D. Murphy, D. Foster, R. Hanagriff, J. Ewing. 2018. Technology-based Distractions among Farming Youth. Journal of Agromedicine, 
    23:4, 305-314. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2018.1501450.
  • Gorucu S., D. Murphy, AM.Yoder, ML. Pate. 2018. A Review of the National Research and Extension Agenda for Agricultural Safety and Health. Journal of
    Agromedicine, 23:3, 297-301. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2018.1467807.
  • Gorucu S., D. Murphy, C. Kassab. 2017. Risk Factors for Roadway Single- and Multi-Vehicle All-Terrain Vehicle Crashes in Pennsylvania: 2010-2013  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation.57: 555-562. DOI:10.3233/WOR-172584.

  • Gorucu S., D. Murphy, C. Kassab. 2017. Injury Risks for On-Road Farm Equipment and Horse and Buggy Crashes in PA: 2010-2013. Traffic Injury Prevention, 18(3): 286-292. 

  • Cavallo E., S. Görücü, D. Murphy. 2015. Perception of side rollover hazards in a Pennsylvania rural population while operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation 51(2): 281-288.
  • Gorucu S., D. Murphy, C. Kassab. 2015. A multi-year analyses of fatal farm and agricultural fatalities in Pennsylvania. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 21(4): 281-298.
  • Gorucu S., D. Murphy, C. Kassab. 2015. Occupational and Nonoccupational Farm Fatalities among Youth for 2000 through 2012 in Pennsylvania. Journal of Agromedicine 20(2): 125-139.
  • Khalilian A.,Y.J. Han,M.W. Marshall,S. Gorucu,Y. Abbaspour-Gilandeh,K.R. Kirk. 2014. Evaluation of the Clemson instrumented subsoiler shank in coastal plain soils. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. Vol. 109: 46-51.
  • Cavallo E., S. Görücü, D. Murphy. 2014.  A Simulator to Improve Awareness of Rollover Risk and Stimulate Safer Driving Behavior Among Young All-Terrain (ATV) Drivers. Journal of Agromedicine  19:2. 
  • Cavallo E., T. Langle, D. Bueno, S. Tsukamoto, S. Görücü, D. Murphy. 2014. Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Retrofitting on Agricultural Tractors: Goals and Approaches in Different Countries. Journal of Agromedicine 19:2.
  • Gorucu S., E. Cavallo, D. Murphy. 2014. Perception of Tilt Angles of an Agricultural Tractor. Journal of Agromedicine 19:1, 5-14
  • Keskin, M., S. Karanlık, S.Görücü Keskin, Y.Soysal. 2013. Assessing Nutrient Content Levels of Peanut Leaves using Leaf Color Parameters.  Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 37, 604-612.
  • Görücü Keskin, S., M. Keskin, Y. Soysal. 2012. Assessing Farm Tractor Incidents and Awareness Levels of Operators for Tractor Safety Issues in the Hatay Province of Turkey. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 18(2): 113-128.
  • Gorucu Keskin, S., A. Khalilian, Y. J. Han, R. B. Dodd, B. 2011. Variable-depth Tillage based on Georeferenced Soil Compaction Data in Coastal Plain Soils. International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 1(2), 2232.
  • Keskin, M., S. M. Say, S.Görücü Keskin. 2009. Evaluation of a Low-Cost GPS Receiver for Precision Agriculture Use in Adana Province of Turkey. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 33(1), 79-88.
  • Gorucu, S., A. Khalilian, Y. J. Han, R. B. Dodd, B. R. Smith. 2006. An Algorithm to Determine the Optimum Tillage Depth from Soil Penetrometer Data in Coastal Plain Soils. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 22(5): 625-631.


Gorucu S. 2003. Development of Concepts and Technologies for Site Specific Management of Soil Compaction in Coastal Plain Soils. Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.


Gorucu S. 1998. A Field Method Based on Cone-Index Values for Predictıon of Draught Force Requırements of Standard Tines with Different Rake Angles. Çukurova University, Faculty of Agriculture Department of Agricultural Machinery, Adana, Türkiye.

Research Interests

Agricultural Production