On July 1, 2017, Michael Montross, a longtime UK educator, researcher and farmer, became the new chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Montross has been a member of the department since 1999. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University and earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University.
While at UK, Montross has received nationally competitive grants, and he is currently engaged in several multidisciplinary projects. His research has focused on drying, storage and granular mechanics of grains and oilseeds, as well as biomass collection, characterization and processing.
Montross’ research projects have often put him in contact with Kentucky farmers. He is a firm supporter of the land-grant mission and believes strong extension, research and teaching programs are all critical to the success of the department, college and state.