Meet the Team

Alan Hansen
Director,  Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

alanhansenDr. Alan Hansen serves as the Director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and is currently a professor and division leader of Off-Road Equipment Engineering in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has expertise in research and outreach related to biofuels, land preparation, crop production, resource utilization, data collection and analytics on both temporal and spatial scales, and agricultural machinery and tool design for small-scale application.


Tim Rendall
Project Manager, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

timrendallTim Rendall serves as the Project Manager for the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium. Tim coordinates all project activities, administration, research monitoring, communications, and knowledge management efforts. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Technical Systems Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has experience in designing and developing appropriate-scale mechanized tools for smallholder farmers in rural Sierra Leone.



Alex E Winter-Nelson
Socio-economic Specialist, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Dr. Alex E. Winter-Nelson is a professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Director of the ADM Institute for Prevention of Postharvest Loss, and the Director of the Office of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research, mostly related to eastern and southern Africa, has explored the relationship between market institutions and poverty in developing countries. He has also served as graduate program director in the Center for African Studies and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Winter-Nelson has done extensive research on the effects of agricultural policy in Kenya and on the impact of development interventions on poverty in Ethiopia. Recently, Winter-Nelson published a book called The Atlas of World Hunger, which won the 2011 James M. Blaut Innovative Publication Award from the Association of American Geographers. Winter-Nelson has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Nile Basin Initiative, The International Food Policy Research Institute, and the International Center for Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Ben Schwab
Socio-economic Specialist, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Dr. Schwab’s research focuses on international development, health and nutrition. Schwab received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) trainee in Health Economics and wrote his dissertation on the adoption and impact of vitamin D fortified milk. Before joining the faculty at Kansas State, Schwab worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). At IFPRI, his research centered on the design and implementation of large-scale evaluations of international development projects in East Africa and the Middle East. Some of Schwab’s current research touches on experimental design, impact evaluation, international food assistance, nutrition, health insurance, the gender wage gap, marriage markets, connections between mental health, stress and economic decision-making, and the relationship between agriculture productivity and cash transfer programs.

Carlos Campabadal Teran
Ethiopia Coordinator, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Carlos is a faculty member of the Department of Grain Science and Industry that works at the International Grains Program Institute (IGP) as an extension specialist focusing on outreach in the areas of grain storage, quality and processing, U.S. grain grading and export systems, and feed manufacturing. He is very active in international development with several projects with USAID in Guatemala for the Reduction of Postharvest Loss Innovation Lab, in Ethiopia for the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, and with USDA in Ghana for the re-developing of the poultry industry. He was born and raised in Costa Rica, Central America. Carlos obtained his doctoral degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. His research topic was focused on non-chemical alternatives for stored product protection. Before, his graduate studies, he worked in his family feed mill for 3 ½ years as a process and maintenance engineer. He also had experience in animal farm management. Carlos has traveled throughout Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe as a technical consultant, translator, and speaker in several short courses and seminars in the areas of grain storage and feed manufacturing for U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council, U.S. Wheat Associates, USDA, and private companies


Timothy Harrigan
Co-PI,  Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

harriganDr. Tim Harrigan is an associate professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. Dr. Harrigan’s research focus is currently on reintegrating manure, cover crops and low-intensity tillage to improve soil quality, and designing cropping systems to sustain profitability under highly variable growing conditions.  Healthy soils resist degradation and have the resilience to rebound from the stresses of normal farming operations.  The focus of his extension program is in developing strategies and practices to help farmers reclaim the natural productivity of unproductive crop ground and improve soil health, farm profitability and the operational efficiency of modern cropping systems. In his work with Tillers International he has helped develop harnessing and hitching systems that improve draft animal comfort and has quantified the pulling forces (draft) for a wide range of animal-drawn tillage tools and implements.

Kenrett Jefferson-Moore
Gender Specialist,  Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

kenrett-jeffersonDr. Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore is a professor and program coordinator of the Agribusiness and Food Industry Management at North Carolina A&T State University.  Dr. Jefferson-Moore’s research area is in the marketing and economic evaluation of value-enhanced crops and local and organic foods.  She has evaluated welfare effects of second generation GMOs, rural entrepreneurship, and invasive species in crops and non-infectious diseases in animals.  She has numerous journal articles, presentations and other publications evaluating topics in these areas.  She brings to the team a knowledge of socioeconomic evaluation of food systems and will be evaluating mechanization utilization with respect to gender appropriateness in Bangladesh and Burkina Faso.   Dr. Jefferson-Moore has taught at the undergraduate level – Introduction to Local Food Systems (Sophomore/Junior Level) and Alternative Marketing for Local Food Systems (Sophomore/Junior/Senior Level), both highlighting key issues of importance to local, national, and international food systems.  She was recently appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve as the 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities representative on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

K.C. Ting
Co-PI,  Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

kctingDr. K.C. Ting has a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and is currently Professor and Head of Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, UIUC.  He has expertise in research and teaching related to agricultural automation, systems informatics and analytics, alternative energy, and phytomation (i.e. plant based engineering systems).  He served as the leader of the Systems Studies & Modeling Team within the New Jersey NASA Specialized Center Of Research and Training (NJ-NSCORT) during 1996-2000.  He led a BP Energy Biosciences Institute program on “Engineering Solutions for Biomass Feedstock Production” during 2008-2014 and currently serves as a member of Steering Committee for the “ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss” at the University of Illinois.

Manuel R. Reyes
Cambodia Coordinator, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Manuel Reyes, research professor, has more than 30 years of experience working with water quality modeling, natural resources management, and conservation agriculture. He is an agroecological engineer, designing food production systems that mimic nature. Reyes has extensive expertise across the globe in research, extension, teaching and project implementation. Reyes will focus his efforts in Cambodia working with the Royal University of Agriculture and the University of Battambang to enhance human and institutional capacity to conduct research and training of scholars and youth. He will facilitate partnerships with other Feed the Future Innovation Labs, international organizations and private industry in Cambodia.

Nanda Joshi
Co-PI,  Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

nandaDr. Nanda P Joshi serves as Co-PI with expertise in Animal Nutrition and value chain to the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab. He has a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Michigan State University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science (ANS) and Director of International Programs in College of Veterinary Medicine and ANS., Michigan State University, East Lansing. He has expertise in research and outreach related to farming systems with livestock integration. In this project, Dr. Joshi contributes in studying oxen value chain and their improvement through improved feeding systems.

Paula E Faulkner
Gender Specialist,  Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

unnamed-5Dr. Paula E. Faulkner serves as Co-PI and Gender Specialist for the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium. She earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Technology (Animal Husbandry) and a M.S. degree in Agricultural Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education at North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University. She instructs undergraduate and graduate students and mentors undergraduates during research projects. Her research focus is working with underrepresented groups, diversity education, and teacher education. As a result of her research efforts, she was awarded the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and University’s Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year (2012-2013). As a Fulbrighter, she visited Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates to learn about the educational systems, agriculture, and governmental and private agencies and businesses in the Middle East.

Prasanta Kumar Kalita
Bangladesh Coordinator, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Dr. Prasanta Kalita is a Professor of Soil & Water Resources Engineering and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Dr. Kalita’s areas of research include water management and environmental sustainability, hydrology, watershed and non-point source pollution control, erosion and sediment control, and irrigation design. He is widely recognized for his excellence in teaching, research, and advising, has worked extensively in educational development and capacity building, and on food security issues around the world. He has published more than 150 articles and served as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor for three international journals.  His career is marked impressively by over 40 honors and awards recognizing teaching excellence, research excellence, and outstanding service, culminating with the Paul A. Funk Award in ACES and Distinguished Teacher Scholar award at Illinois. He has received two national awards for excellence in teaching- one from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the other one from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). In his current capacity as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Dr. Kalita administers the college’s both graduate and undergraduate educational programs.

Robert Burdick
Technical Specialist, Tillers International

Rob Burdick is a Technical Specialist with Tillers International. Rob works with artisans and farmers in finding novel solutions to technical challenges in animal powered and small-scale farming. He has a Masters in International Development Administration from Western Michigan University and has been with Tillers International since 2003. Rob specializes in woodwork and metalwork using locally available materials and equipment. Rob and has experience working in Mozambique, Uganda, and Madagascar in developing farming and forage equipment.

Ajit Srivastava
Burkina Faso Coordinator, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

Dr. Ajit K. Srivastava is a former professor and chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University and is currently a professor of Engineering Design and Optimization in Biosystems Engineering. He is the former co-director of the Global Center of Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) and a fellow of the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Dr. Srivastava’s research is focused on Agricultural Mechanization, Bioenergy Systems, Dimensional Analysis and Scale Modelling, and International Development. He has also patented two types of agricultural machinery: a mechanical buncher for leafy green vegetables and a machine for separating root samples from soil by hydro-pneumatic elutriation.