The machine testing lab space is managed by Randy Taylor, professor and extension machinery specialist; and Mike Buser, assistant professor and bioenergy machinery engineer.
The 3,000 sq. ft. machine development and testing lab provides open space for prototyping and testing large equipment. Sensors or new implements are fitted on equipment, tested and modified by faculty and graduate students. This lab is home for most of the machinery related research in the department.
Research engineers and graduate students use this space for a multitude of projects, such as measuring the response time of a spray controller and evaluating different conditioning roll designs for crimping biomass for energy production. Several undergraduates who are employed by the department work in this lab.