Robert "Bobby" Grisso

Education

Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Auburn University, 1985

M.S., Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1980

B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1978

Licensure

Professional Engineer, State of Nebraska (License No. E-6296)

Experience

September 2012 – present - Associate Director, ANR Extension Programs, Virginia Cooperative Extension

June 2001 - present - Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

July 1996 - June 2001 - Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska

July 1990 - July 1996 - Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska

October 1985 - July 1990 - Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Nebraska

June 1981 - October 1985 - Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Auburn University

November 1980 - June 1981 - Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech

June 1980 - November 1980 - Research Specialist, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech

December 1978 - June 1980 - Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech

Selected Major Awards

  • 2014 - Outstanding Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, Auburn University
  • 2013 - ASABE SMV Technologies Ergonomics, Safety and Health Award
  • 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2003, 2002, 1997, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988 - 27 Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • 2010 - ASABE Outstanding PM Reviewer, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • 2010 - ASABE Standard Developer, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • 2009 - Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • 2003 - ASAE Distinguished Lecture Series – Traction and Tractor Performance, American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)
  • 1997 - Faculty Service Award-Professor, College of Engineering & Technology, University of Nebraska
  • 1997 - Excellence in Team Programming - “NUFACTS”, UNL Cooperative Extension, University of Nebraska
  • 1996 - Distinguished Service Award, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Assoc., Specialists’ Section
  • 1994 - Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers

Program Focus

The overall goal of my research is to improve the understanding and the effectiveness of the biomass logistics and harvest efficiency. The national bioenergy initiatives require an engineered system to move biomass from the field to the bio-processing plant. To date, no grass-based biomass system has proven effective for commercial development. A team has been established at VT with the goal to share ideas, expertise and resources and to develop an engineered system to transport biomass from field to a biorefinery. Machinery management estimates for simulation modeling and observation of other biomass handling systems (cotton modules to gin, sugar cane handling, and grass hay handling) have been documented to gain insight into what is needed for grass-based biomass system. The goal is develop software simulation to predict equipment and transportation needs to handle biomass from field to SSL (satellite storage location).

Program Focus

My primary role is to develop programs in the areas of agricultural machinery management, precision farming, and farm safety. My primary thrust is in the accurate placement and safe handling of pesticides by farmers and certified pesticide applicators.  My overall program goal is to improve agricultural profitability through the selection and efficient use of machinery systems used in crop production, while providing a safe working environment, and protecting the environment.

Current Projects

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/author/g/grisso-robert-res.html

Selected Recent Publications

(* undergraduate student, ** graduate student, *** post-doc)

  • Grisso, R.D. 2014. Respiratory Protection in Agriculture. VCE Publication 442-601 (revised BSE-140P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D. 2014. Farmer’s Lung: Causes and Symptoms of Mold and Dust Induced Respiratory Illness. VCE Publication 442-602 (revised BSE-141P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., P. Hipkins, S.D. Askew, L. Hipkins, and D. McCall. 2014. Nozzle: Selection and Sizing. VCE Publication, 442-032 (revised), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA . Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, C. Estes. 2014. Guidelines for Protecting Youth Workers. VCE Publication BSE-46NP (BSE-107P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, C. Estes. 2014. Rotary Mowers Safety: Lawn care Training Guide. VCE Publication BSE-47NP (BSE-110P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, C. Estes. 2014. Tractor Safety: Lawn care Training Guide. VCE Publication BSE-48NP (BSE-111P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, C. Estes. 2014. Utility Type Vehicles (UTVs): Lawn care Training Guide. VCE Publication BSE-49NP (BSE-108P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, C. Estes. 2014. Powered Hand Tools Safety: Lawn care Training Guide. VCE Publication BSE-50NP (BSE-112P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, C. Estes. 2014. Hand Tools Safety: Lawn care Training Guide. VCE Publication BSE-51NP (BSE-113P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Liu, J., R.D. Grisso, and J.S. Cundiff. 2013. Harvest systems and analysis for herbaceous biomass, Chapter 6, IN: Biomass Now - Cultivation and Utilization; Book 2, ISBN 980-953-51-1106-1, In-Tech http://www.intechopen.com/books/biomass-now-cultivation-and-utilization/harvest-systems-and-analysis-for-herbaceous-biomass
  • Grisso, R.D., D. McCollough**, J.S. Cundiff, and J. Judd**. 2013. Harvest schedule to fill storage for year-round delivery of grasses to biorefinery. Biomass & Bioenergy 55:331-338 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953413001086
  • Brookmire**, L., P. Mallikarjunan, M. Jahncke, and R. Grisso. 2013. Optimum cooking conditions for shrimp and Atlantic salmon. Journal of Food Science 78(2):S303-S313 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1750-3841.12011/abstract
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, and C. Estes. 2013.  Lawn care: Hand Tools Safety. VCE Publication BSE-40NP (BSE-98P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, and C. Estes. 2013. Lawn care: Powered Hand Tool Safety. VCE Publication BSE-41NP (BSE-97P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, and C. Estes. 2013. Lawn care: Rotary Mower Safety. VCE Publication BSE-42NP (BSE-96P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, and C. Estes. 2013. Lawn care: Tractor Safety. VCE Publication BSE-43NP (BSE-100P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Ohanehi, M. Goatley, K. Jamison, C. Sutphin, D. Swafford, and C. Estes. 2013. Lawn care: Utility Type Vehicle (UTV) Safety. VCE Publication BSE-44NP (BSE-99P), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA . Link to publication
  • Kandel**, M.K., R.D. Grisso, T.E. Diller and A.L. Wicks. 2012. Monitor system to detect heat stress and position of youth lawn care workers. J. Mechatronics 1(1):12-20.http://www.aspbs.com/jom/
  • Cundiff, J.S., and R.D. Grisso. 2012. In-field operations to deliver biomass to a biorefinery. Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal 14(4):115-122http://www.cigrjournal.org/index.php/Ejounral/article/viewFile/2263/1670
  • Grisso, R.D., M. Alley, W. Thomason, D. Holshouser, and G.T. Roberson. 2012. Precision Farming Tools: Variable-Rate Application. VCE Publication 442-505 (revised), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Adamchuk, V.I., R.D. Grisso, and M.F. Kocher. 2011. Spatial variability of field machinery use and efficiency. Chapter 8, 135-146. In: GIS Applications in Agriculture. Volume Two. Nutrient Management for Energy Efficiency, D.E. Clay and J.F. Shanahan, eds. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., R. Pitman, J. Perumpral, D. Vaughan, G. Roberson, and R. Hoy. 2011. Gear Up and Throttle Down - Saving Fuel. VCE Publication 442-450 (revised), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication 
  • Grisso, R.D., M. Alley, W. Thomason, D. Holshouser, and G. Roberson. 2011. Precision Farming Tools- Variable-Rate Application (VRA). VCE Publication 442-505, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, K. Pevarski, and K. Ballin. 2010. Assistive Technologies in Agricultural.  VCE Publication 442-084, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to publication
  • Grisso, R.D., J. Perumpral, D. Vaughan, G. Roberson, and R. Pitman. 2010. Predicting Tractor Diesel Fuel Consumption. VCE Publication 442-073, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Link to Publication