Director, Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research
Heuermann Professor of Agronomy
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Ken Cassman's current research focuses on water and energy efficiency and the environmental impact of irrigated maize-based cropping systems. He also investigates methods to quantify crop yield potential as the basis for predicting future trends in global food security and land use change.
Cassman leads the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, a partnership between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Nebraska Public Power District, which supports competitive research grants that can lead to new renewable energy technologies, processes and systems that enhance quality of life and economic opportunities for Nebraska. Before joining the center in 2006, Cassman was head of UNL's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture from 1996 to 2004. He also worked with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and was a faculty member at the University of California, Davis.
Cassman holds master's and doctoral degrees in agronomy and soil science from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agronomy Society of America, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.