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consultant , Agricultural engineering educator

Gary Arlen Anderson, American agricultural engineering educator, consultant.


Anderson, Gary Arlen was born on September 15, 1953 in Spencer, Iowa, United States. Son of Donal Arlen and Shirley Annette (Westegard) Anderson.


Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, South Dakota State University, 1975. Master of Science in Agricultural and Structural Engineering, Iowa State University, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Engineering, Iowa State University, 1987.


Assistant professor freshman engineering Iowa State University, Ames, 1982-1985. Assistant professor agricultural engineering South Dakota State University, Brookings, 1987-1992, associate professor, 1992-1999, professor, since 1999. Consultant Pella (Iowa) Company, 1991-1993, Fiber-Tech Industries, Inc., Spokane, Washington, 1992-1993, FABRAL, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1995, Innovative Fabricators, Inc., Watertown, South Dakota, 1995, Dairlean Inc., Sioux Falls, since 1999, Overbuilt Inc., Huron, South Dakota, 1997-1998.


  • Achievements include pioneering research in light-gage metal on lumber frame diaphragms. Developer test procedure for diaphragms, diaphragm design procedures for buildings, model for predicting contaminant generation from stored waste, model for heat generation and loss to environment of an animal. Development of organic oil base dust and ammonia filter for air.

    Development of techniques to improve science education in grade schools.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to monograph.


1st lieutenant United States Army, 1976-1980, Captain United States Army Reserve, 1980-1989. Associate member American Society of Heating, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society Agricultural Engineers (chairman diaphrams action committee 1991-1998, associate editor 1992-1998, chairman public issues and awareness committee 1994-1995, chairman sand division paper awards committee 1998, Outstanding Reviewer award 1991), Sigma Xi (chair banquet committee 1990), Alpha Epsilon, Gamma Sigma Delta.


Married Joanne Carol Puetz, January 7, 1984. Children: Donnell, Janelle, Nichelle, Laurelle.

Donal Arlen Anderson

Shirley Annette (Westegard) Anderson

Joanne Carol Puetz

Donnell Anderson

Janelle Anderson

Nichelle Anderson

Laurelle Anderson