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Engineering educator , university dean

Donald Mervin Edwards, American Biological systems engineering educator, university dean Registered profile engineer. Recipient Massey-Furguson award American Society of Agriculture Engineers, 1994, Outstanding Teacher award University Nebraska.


Edwards, Donald Mervin was born on April 16, 1938 in Tracy, Minnesota, United States. Son of Mervin B. and Helen L. (Halstenrud) Edwards.


Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State University, 1960. Master of Science, South Dakota State University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University, 1966.


With soil conservation service United States Department Agriculture, Marshall, Minnesota, 1957-1962. Teaching, research assistant South Dakota State University and Purdue University, 1960-1966. Associate professor agricultural engineering University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1966-1971, professor, 1971-1980, assistant dean College Engineering and Architecture, 1970-1973, associate dean, director Engineering Research Center, College Engineering and Technology, 1973-1980, director Energy Research and Development Center, 1976-1980.

Professor and chairman department agricultural engring Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1980-1989. Professor biological systems engineering, dean College Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1989-1900, special projects, 2000-2001, emeritus professor biological system engineering, since 2001, emeritus dean College Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, since 2001. Member Engineering Accreditation Board Engineering and Technology.

Collaborator, consultant to numerous industries and agencies, since 1966.


  • Registered professional engineer.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles on irrigation, water pollution, remote sensing, energy, agricultural, natural resources and engineering education to professional journals.


Active Boy Scouts American, American Field Svc., 4-H. Past board directors National Safety Council. Past Chairman, Board Of Directors Lincoln Transportation System.

Fellow American Society Engineering Education, American Society Agricultural Engineers. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, NSPE(national board directors, national vice president), Professional Engineers Nebraska, Michigan Society Professional Engineers, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, Farmhouse Club, Sigma Xi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Triangle.


Married Judith Lee Wilson, August 8, 1964. Children: John, Joel, Jeffrey, Mary.

Mervin B. Edwards

Helen L. (Halstenrud) Edwards

Judith Lee Wilson

John Edwards

Joel Edwards

Jeffrey Edwards

Mary Edwards