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Morgan Hayes, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Extension Professor


2016 – Present Assistant Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky

2014 – 2016 Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois

2012 – 2014 Post-doctoral Research Engineer, USDA ARS US Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE

2008 – 2012 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

2006 – 2008 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky


Iowa State University Ames, IA Doctor of Philosophy 2012

University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Master of Science August 2008

The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Bachelor of Science May 2006

As an extension specialist, I believe in finding solutions for livestock and residential facilities including reducing energy and water requirements as well as selecting better structural design and advanced building materials. For livestock producers to make their production system better, I focus on how to improve the environment to which the animals are exposed by providing education on ventilation, energy usage, water and temperature requirements in barns. Often improving the livestock system involves making site specific recommendations based on existing management and research about innovative facility designs, materials, and technologies. For homeowners, I focus on educating on the opportunities to reduce energy demand, how to incorporate generators for backup power, and when to use alternative energy sources like solar and ground source heat.

Research Interests:

Livestock Housing
Energy Use
Heat Stress
Precision Management
Environmental Stewardship
Alternative Energy
Air Quality