Faculty Profile

Richard S Gates

Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Richard S Gates
Richard S Gates
  • Graduate Advising
360 C Agricultural Engr Sciences Bld
1304 W. Pennsylvania
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-2791


  • Graduate Advising

Primary Research Area

  • Bioenvironmental Engineering


  • Ph D, Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1984.
  • MS, Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, 1980
  • BS, Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1978.

Academic Positions

  • Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008-present
  • Chair of Department, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, 2002-2007
  • Professor, University of Kentucky, 1997-2008
  • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 1990-1996
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 1985-1990
  • Senior Research Support Specialist, Cornell University, 1984-1985
  • Senior Systems Analyst, Cornell University, 1983-1984

Other Professional Employment

  • None

Major Consulting Activities

  • Maxwell Farms, Indiana
  • US Grains Council, Beijing
  • Asian Agribusiness Consulting, Beijing
  • National Pork Board, Iowa
  • American Egg Board, California

Professional Registrations

  • Current registration, NCEES Records
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Kentucky

Other Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2008-2010
  • Board Member, CIGR International Agricultural Engineering Section 2, 1 of 2 American representatives, 2002-2012
  • Graduate Faculty, Federal University of Vicosa, MG Brazil, 2001-present (unpaid)
  • Nominating Committee, American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE), 1999-2001
  • Associate Editor, ASABE, 1990-1995, 2000-2002

Research Areas

  • Bioenvironmental Engineering

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Yang, L., A.D. Kent, X. Wang, T.L. Funk, R.S. Gates, and Y. Zhang. 2014. Moisture effects on gas-phase biofilter ammonia removal efficiency, nitrous oxide generation and microbial communities. Journal of Hazardous Materials.271:292-301. (doi 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.01.058)
  • Morello, G.M., D.G. Overhults, G.B. Day V., R.S. Gates, I.M. Lopes and J. Earnest Jr. 2014. Using the Fan Assessment Numeration System (FANS) in-situ: A procedure for minimizing errors during fan tests. Transactions of the ASABE 57(1):199-209. (doi 10.13031/trans.57.10190)
  • Zheng, W., Y. Zhao, H. Xin, R.S. Gates, B. Li., Y. Zhang and M. Soupir. 2014. Airborne particulate matter and culturable bacteria reduction from spraying slightly acidic electrolyzed water in an experimental aviary laying-hen housing chamber. Transactions of the ASABE 57(1):229-236. (doi 10.13031/trans.57.10306)
  • Koelkebeck, K.W., S. dePersio, K. Lima, P.C. Harrison, C. Utterback, P. Utterback, R. Gates, A. Green and J.M. Campbell. 2014. Evaluation of feeding spray-dried bovine plasma protein on production performance of laying hens exposed to high ambient temperatures. J Applied Poultry Research. 23(3):393-402 (doi 10.3382/japr.2013-00876)
  • Kashiha, M., A.R. Green. A.R., G.T. Sales or Lust, D. Berckmans, and R.S. Gates. 2014. Performance of an image analysis processing system for hen tracking in an environmental preference chamber. J Poultry Science. 93:1-10. (doi 10.3382/ps.2014-04078)
  • Ferraz, P.F.P., T. Yanagi Junior, Y.F.H. Julio, J.O. Castro, R.S. Gates, G.M. Reis and A.T. Campos. 2014. Predicting chick body mass by artificial intelligence-based models. Pesq. Agropec. Bras. 49(7):559-568. (doi10.1590/S0100-204X2014000700009.)
  • Saraz, J.A.O., I.F.Ferreira-Tinoco, R.S. Gates, K.S. Oliveira-Rocha, E.M. Combatt-Caballero and F. Campos-de Sousa. 2014. Adaptation and validation of a methodology for determining ammonia flux generated by litter in naturally ventilated poultry houses. Revista Dyna.:81(187):137-143
  • Danao, M.-G.C, S.-F. Chen and R.S. Gates. 2014. Uncertainty estimation of ethanol concentration in simulated breath using enzyme-based biosensors. Accreditation and Quality Assurance. 19(6):415-422. (doi 10.1007/s00769-014-1088-x)
  • Ramirez, B.C., G.D.N. Maia, A.R. Green, D.W. Shike, L.F. Rodriguez and R.S. Gates. 2014. Design and validation of a precision orifice meter for ventilation rate control in open-circuit respiration chambers. Transactions of the ASABE 57(6). (doi 10.13031/trans.57.10754)
  • Saraz, J.A.O., I.F.F. Tinoco, R.S. Gates, K.S.O. Rocha and O.L.Z. Marin. 2015 A simple methodology to measure ammonia flux generated in poultry houses submitted to natural ventilation. Rev Colomb Cienc Pecu 28(1):3-12
  • Zhi, Z., R.S. Gates, Z. Zhirong and H. Xiohui. 2015. Evaluation of ventilation performance and energy efficiency of greenhouse fans. Int J Agric & Biol Eng 8(1):103-110. (doi 10.3965/j-ijabe.20150801.014)
  • Xiong, Y., A.R. Green, and R.S. Gates. 2015. Characteristics of trailer thermal environment during commercial swine transport managed under US industry guidelines. Animals 5(2):226-244. (doi 10.3390/ani5020226)
  • Sales, G.T., A.R. Green, R.S. Gates, T.M. Brown-Brandl and R.A. Eigenberg. 2015. Quantifying detection performance of a passive low-frequency RFID system in an environmental preference chamber. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 114:261-268. (doi 10.1016/j.compag.2015.03.008)
  • Maia, G.D.N., B.C. Ramirez, A.R. Green, J.R. Segers, D.W. Shike, L.F. Rodriguez and R.S. Gates. 2015. A novel ruminant emission measurement system: Part I. Design evaluation and description. Transactions of the ASABE 58(3):749-762. (doi 10.13031/trans.58.10752)
  • Maia, G.D.N., A.R. Green, B.C. Ramirez, Y. Sun, L.F. Rodriguez, D.W. Shike, and R.S. Gates. 2015. A novel ruminant emission measurement system: Part II-Commissioning. Transactions of the ASABE. 58(6):1801-1815. (doi 10.13031/trans.58.10753)
  • Danao M.-G.C., R.S. Zandonadi, and R.S. Gates. 2015. Development of a grain monitoring probe to measure temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide levels and logistical information during handling and transportation of soybeans. Comput. Electron. Agric. 119:74-82. (doi 10.1016/j-compag.2015.10.008)
  • Mostafa, E., C. Nannen, J. Henseler, B. Diekmann, R. Gates and W. Buescher. 2016. Physical properties of particulate matter from animal houses ￿ empirical studies to improve emissions modeling. Environ Sci Pollut Res. (doi 10.1007/s11356-016-6424-8)
  • Ji, B., W. Zheng, R.S. Gates and A.R. Green. 2016. Design and performance evaluation of the upgraded Portable Monitoring Unit for barn air quality. Comput. Electron. Agric. 124:132-140. (doi 10.1016/j.compag.2016.03.030)
  • Bridges, T and R.S. Gates. 2016. Modeling the growth of thoroughbred horses: the relationship of birth weight, gestation time and wither height at maturity. Transactions of the ASABE. 59(5): 1383-1391. (doi 10.13031/trans.59.11690)
  • Bullock, E.L., D.R. Edwards, P.A. Moore, Jr. and R.S. Gates. 20016. Effects of chemical amendments to swine manure on runoff quality. Transactions of the ASABE. 59(6): 1651-1660. (doi 10.13031/trans.59.11636)
  • Hu, J.Y., P.Y. Hester, M.M. Makagon, G. Vezzoli, R.S. Gates, Y.J. Xiong and H.W. Cheng. 2016. Cooled perch effects on performance and well-being traits in caged White Leghorn hens. Poultry Sci 95(12):2737-2746. (doi 10.3382/ps/pew248)
  • Sama, M.P., G.B. Day V., L.M. Pepple and R.S. Gates. 2017. Fourth-generation Fan Assessment Numeration System (FANS) design and performance specification. Transactions of the ASABE. 60(2):507-516. (doi 10.13031/trans.12119)
  • Santos, T.C., R.S. Gates, I.F.F. Tinoco, S. Zolnier and F.C. Baeta. 2017. Behavior of Japanese quail in different air velocities and temperatures. Pesq. Agropec. Bras. 52(5):344-354.
  • Zheng, Z., L. Yang, R.S. Gates, J. Wu and X. Wang. 2017. Impedance-based moisture content sensor assessment for gas-phase biofilter media. Transactions of the ASABE 60(6):2163-2173. (doi 12.1303/trans.12335)
  • Souza, C.F., R.S. Gates, M.D. Duarte and I.F.F. Tin￿ 2017. Effective Microorganisms (EM) as biofeeders for anaerobic digestion. Rev. Engenharia Agric 25(6):491-499.
  • C￿ido, M.G.L., Y. Xiong, R.S. Gates, I.F.F. Tin￿and K.W. Koelkebeck. 2018. Effects of carbon dioxide on turkey poult performance and behavior. Poultry Science: In press
  • Smith, R.K., J-L. Rault, R.S. Gates and D.C. Lay Jr. 2018. A two-step process of nitrous oxide before carbon dioxide for humanely euthanizing piglets: on-farm trials. Animals 8(4):52. (doi: 10.3390/ani8040052)

Teaching Honors

  • Advising Award (2014, 2015)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Agricultural Engineering (1995)

Research Honors

  • Best Poster Award (1995)
  • Superior Paper Awards (8 times) (1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014)

Public Service Honors

  • Fellow (2010)
  • Presidential Citation (2009)
  • Presidential Citation (2008)
  • Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award (2006)